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Portrait In Jazz


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Few musicians seemed less likely to make an impact on the New York jazz scene in the late Fifties than Bill Evans(1929-80), whose introspective solos and delicate touch were far removed from what was commonly considered "hard bop." Yet Evans was indeed heard, and quickly became one of the most influential musicians on any instrument of the last 40 years.

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Product details

  • Audio CD (16 Nov 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B0000248DZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come Rain Or Come Shine
2. Autumn Leaves
3. Witchcraft
4. When I Fall In Love
5. Peri's Scope
6. What Is This Thing Called Love?
7. Spring Is Here
8. Someday My Prince Will Come
9. Blue In Green
10. Autumn Leaves (monoaural)
11. Blue In Green (take 2)

Product Description

20 Bit Remastered

Recorded 1959

Personnel:
Bill Evans - (piano), Scott Lafaro - (bass), Paul Motian - (drums)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By MikeG on 26 Feb 2003
Format: Audio CD
Portrait in Jazz was the first of only four (official) albums made by what Evans fans know as "the first trio" - the one with Scott La Faro and Paul Motian - which introduced a new approach to the music of a jazz piano trio. Whereas the conventional trio tended to feature the pianist as a 'star soloist' with bass and percussion essentially as 'accompanists' with a fixed and limited role, Evans, La Faro and drummer Paul Motian aimed to develop more of a sense of equal and spontaneous interplay. Scott La Faro was the right man in the right place: his virtuoso technique and strong musical personality enabled him to play the more active, assertive (but compatible) role Evans wanted for the group. By the time this trio played its famous sessions at The Village Vanguard (Live at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby) this 'collective improvisation' was well developed. Portrait in Jazz being the first album by the trio, there's a strong sense of discovery and enthusiasm which, I think, gives the music a greater freshness and vitality than the subsequent albums (even if in other ways they may be preferred by some listeners), and it's those qualities, along with the sensitive, alert musicianship of the trio which makes this surely one of the most absorbing and enjoyable of Evans's many albums.
Part of its appeal is also the excellent choice of material, but much of the interest lies in what Evans in particular does with it. Often this is mainly a matter of the unusual chord voicings and adjustments of rhythm and phrasing he gives to a familiar tune, which open up wider harmonic and rhythmic perspectives for improvising.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 24 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
As a seventeen year old, I remember being introduced to Bill Evans by a friend who knew that I was interesting in learning to play jazz piano. Although the recordings in question were of a slightly later vintage that this CD, his playing was an epithany for me and opened my ears to more modern players such as Chick Corea, John Taylor, Richie Beirach and Keith Jarrett, all of whom must have owed a depth of gratitude to Evans.
"Portrait in Jazz" became a "must have" CD for me as one of my music books had a transcription on "Peri's Scope" - the most zestful of all the tracks on the disc. Elsewhere, it is the interpretations of standards such as the definative "Autumn Leaves", "Come rain or shine" and "What is this thing called love" that dominate. There is no more emotional performance on this record than "Spring is here."
Featuring his best-ever line up of Scott LaFaro on bass (who died shortly afterwards in a car crash) and the excellent drums of Paul Motian, still a vibrant player on today's scene, this is one of Bill Evan's finest performances. Recorded in the last few days of 1959, Evan's style represents a culmination in the development of jazz piano in that decade where the bass and drums were equal partners to the principle instrument. Forty-five years later the music remains as relevant as ever.
An essential purchase for fans of jazz piano and hopefully, as in my case, a portal through which to investigate the rich legacy he passed on.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. W. Powsey on 21 Mar 2009
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Bill has made so many brilliant albums but this is the best. I have been listening to him since 1960 and have so many of his cds but nothing beats this. Scot la Faro was killed not long after this album was made. He really did change the way jazz bass was played and his playing here is unequalled. Paul Motian, the ever sensitive drummer, ever tasteful..and Bill at his best..Autumn leaves, Come rain or come shine etc never bettered..I can still hum some of Bills improvisation.. it is so memorable.

If you are a modern jazz or indeed any fine music lover you must have this
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Doggett on 7 Nov 2009
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A perfect combination creativity and sheer brilliance that possibly will never be equalled in the next 1000 years
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cameron on 31 May 2013
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This album is really top quality. The trio melts together so well and the choice of songs is brilliant. A personal favourite of mine is "Someday My Prince Will Come". How they managed to take a simple song from Snow White and turn it into a beautiful jazz trio piece is beyond me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By minako on 14 Dec 2012
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I have said it all above, but above all, for someone who had the making of a concert pianist, he has achieved such a wonderful technique on his piano. His music absolutely touches your heart and the true romance as far as I am concerned.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. O. Savage on 8 Sep 2010
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Since the time I saw him on the BBC Jazz 625 programme back in the first days of BBC2 I have enjoyed the piano playing of Bill Evans. Since that time I have collected a number of his albums but this particular album reminds of that programme and as such I count it AMONG THE BEST.
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By lonniej on 19 Feb 2014
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One of Bill Evans' best albums. Five stars for the music but the packaging is typical Hallmark flimsy, without much information and barely worth any stars at all.
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