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Portrait in Jazz - Bill Evans CD
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The complete original LP Portrait in Jazz (Riverside RLP12- 315), Bill Evans third album as a leader. This was Evans fi rst LP with the talented bassist Scott LaFaro. As a bonus, a complete radio broadcast from Birdland featuring the same trio (recorded four months after the studio album), and the original version of Blue in Green , recorded by Bill Evans with Miles Davis for the classic album Kind of Blue. Includes 12-page booklet Portrait in Jazz was Bill Evans third album as a leader, following New Jazz Conceptions (1956) and Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1958). It was also Evans fi rst LP with the talented bassist Scott LaFaro (although they both participated on Tony Scott s LP Sung Heroes, recorded in October 1959, they played on separate tracks). Their superb chemistry is evident from the very fi rst tune, and Evans was surely aware of that. As opposed to his previous albums, no solo piano selections were included here and the trio is heard throughout the whole LP. The Evans-LaFaro collaboration would reach a climax with their June 1961 club recordings at the Village Vanguard in New York. LaFaro would die in a car accident soon after (on July 6, 1961), at the age of 25. Evans was so shocked by his bassist s death that he waited a long time before forming a new trio.
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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.Read more ›
If you are a modern jazz or indeed any fine music lover you must have this
"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.
If you are like me, you'll find much to enjoy in this joyful musical celebration. Bill Evans simply is such a great exponent of the piano, that it's hard to believe that this is the work of human hands. His touch is so lyrical, his inventiveness endless and his ability work within a tune yet always bringing something new to view is just astonishing.But of course his band mates are no different. They augment the great pianist's efforts brilliantly- always supportive but always looking for opportunities to add their own distinctive touches to the music.This band channel their creativity into creating a music that allows each member a chance to shine but always in line with the melodic narrative rather then using the tune as a platform for indulgent noodling.Perhaps this in the end is the secret that makes 'Portrait in Jazz' such a worthwhile album.
I love this album,plain and simple.It is an unpretentious combination of tasty swing and the romantic.Play it anytime of day and I defy you not to feel instantly better. Everything here is great, but my favorites have to be the lovely 'When I Fall in Love','Blue in Green'and 'Spring is Here'. Just ravishing! Highly recommended.
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Recorded 8 months after playing on Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue, the trio also counts Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jonault
I DO LIKE IT BUT IT IS NOT PLAYED AS OFTEN AS MILES DAVIESPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was first produced for CD on original jazz classics OJC 088, with Scot LaFaro [b] and Paul Motion [d] and recorded mainly in 1961. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anthony Collard
Arguably the finest jazz creator and proponent ever. A turbulent and tragically drug-soaked life, intermingled with music sophisticated jazz musicians will be playing one hundred... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr. J. H. Wheeler
What could possibly be added to the many excellent reviews? An artist whose work can not only change one's mood but adapt to whatever your mood may be - enjoy this album as the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by bonmot