Happy 83rd Birthday Bill Evans

What becomes a Legend most ???

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DOWNBEAT Magazine September 2012

I laughed when I saw this cover for the September 2012 issue of DOWNBEAT Magazine. Here is Bill living out his fantasy of being a cover boy some 32 years after his death…..some special powers are at work here !!!   I love the gesturing of his hands ( from Left to Right )…and his lips curled in on an amazing concept he just channeled !!!

But what really made me laugh was the title of the article the  EYE OF THE STORM , because of the direct reference this makes to famed New York  Meteorologist Bill Evans, author of Category 7: The Biggest Storm in History. It’s  kind of an inside pun for Bill and I…oh well ! A double Bill so to speak.

In other Bill Evans news we see many special Archival Releases coming from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and the US.

Bill Evans Momentum

Bill Evans Rob Rijneke

Bill Evans Momentum

This double cd set was sent to me by Rob Rijneke who is webmaster to the definitive Bill Evans site  www.billevans.nl. Rob does some great writing in the liner notes here, and there is an amazing poem from one of Bill’s longtime friend Bill Zavatsky, ( who performed at the September 15th, 2010  Re: Person We Knew Bill Evans Tribute at the Cornelia Street Cafe along with pianist/composer Jed Distler and I ).

Here is a sample of that performance from February 4th, 1972, Groningen, the Netherland, featuring Eddie Gomez on  a  Scott Lafaro composition  Gloria’s Step

A Limetree production available in Europe and North America through Jazz Messengers and Amazon

On Ebay a few days ago…I found  this Italian production by Codek Records which features Bill Evans last trio, with Marc Johnson and Joe LaBarbera.

Bill Evans – Live at Casale Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy, November 30, 1979.

” Taped in Italy just a few months before the pianist’s untimely death, its highlights include beautiful solo piano versions of Michel Legrand’s “Noelle’s Theme” and George Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy”.”

www.ebay.ca/itm/BILL-EVANS-LIVE-CASALE-MONFERRATO

Also available through  Jazz Messengers

http://stores.ebay.ca/Jazz-Messengers-Club

I look forward to having a listen to this…as I know Bill’s playing was really reaching peak during that last European Tour ….and well I am partial to Bill’s playing during his final two years.

Meanwhile back in America……

Resonance Records releases    Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of The Gate , recorded on  October 23, 1968, featuring Eddie Gomez-Bass & Marty Morell-Drums.

These guys at Resonance have got the marketing thing down…..the mini-documentary, the extensive reviews, the box sets !  Nice work !

And bringing up the rear…… Bill’s own label Concord Records which owns all of Bill’s material by now having bought up Fantasy/Riverside  a few years ago.

Bill Evans Trio Concord Music group

The Very Best of Bill Evans

The Very Best of The Bill Evans Trio captures the celebrated pianist at the front of his most influential trio, which included bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. Recorded in three sessions between December 1959 and June 1961 and produced by Orrin Keepnews, the 11 tracks in this collection are culled from the trio’s four Riverside albums, Portrait in Jazz, Explorations, Waltz for Debby, and Sunday at the Village Vanguard.”

Whew….what a banner year for Bill…happy birthday darling Bill !!!


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