BILL EVANS

the man who shaped the harmonies of jazz

OUR DISCOVERIES

Bande No. 1

Bande No. 1

BILL EVANS TRIO

LIVE AT HILVERSUM 1968

Who is this man who quietly enters the small VARA studio in Hilversum on June 22, 1968? Bill Evans. He has the figure of Yves Saint-Laurent, slim, and that same "pretend I'm not here" attitude. Smiling behind him are Puerto Rican drummer Jack Dejohnettes and bassist Eddie Gomez, his constant touring companion for several years. A month ago, they won a historic Grammy Award in Montreux, a kind of coronation for Bill Evans that confirms him at the top of his art. Evans knows like no other how to give true colors to life. A musician out of any category, out of any caste, everyone feels that he is this genius jazz tailor to whom a generation of pianists will dedicate respect and admiration. This is the first publication of this historic recording.

BILL EVANS TRIO

LIVE AT HILVERSUM 1968

BILL EVANS TRIO

LIVE AT HILVERSUM 1968

The story of this discovery

"It was in November 2017 that we discovered the original master tape of this extraordinary concert by the Bill Evans Trio. At the same time as that of Sarah Vaughan in 1975, Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald in 1961. These discoveries will launch the beginning of The Lost Recordings adventure. This particular original tape was the object of covetousness by an American publisher who ended up getting a copy a few weeks later despite the exclusive licensing contract that we had signed with the original producer. We decided to maintain the release of the album and music lovers around the world were able to compare..."

Frédéric D'ORIA-NICOLAS
Musical treasure seeker

THE FORMATS OF THIS DISCOVERY


Le Journal du Dimanche

“The restorations of The Lost Recordings are worthy of those devoted to master paintings”

The birth of an outstanding jazzman

Bill Evans was born in 1929 in the United States, in New Jersey. He grew up in a stimulating environment for music. His parents being music lovers, they pushed him to play the piano, the violin but also the flute. During his adolescence, he will be interested in Jazz thanks to Bud Powell, Nat King Cole or Lenny Tristano.

 

Billan evans discography

From the weapon to the instrument

Demobilized after 3 years in the army, Bill Evans plays and records in several New York orchestras from 1954. The following year, he was noticed and hired for a recording by George Russell. Bill Evans made his first record on the Riverside label in 1956. We discover there his harmonic identity so characteristic. The more time goes by, the more Bill Evans is solicited by great jazz artists. After being contacted by Charlie Mingus and Miles Davis, Bill Evans continued his career as a sideman until 1963.

Bill Evans forms a regular trio with Scott LaFaro on double bass and Paul Motian on drums. This group will quickly distinguish itself by its originality characterized by an unusual hierarchy of the piano accompanied by the bass and drums, the musicians place themselves on the same beat and develop an improvisation. The career of the trio works wonderfully when a tragedy is the object of a great upheaval. Scott LaFaro is killed in a car accident, this event will mark Bill Evans a lot and several bassists will succeed to his side. He then left Riverside for the Verve label in 1963 and found Eddy Gomez, the ideal bassist for his musical vision. Like the bassists, the drummers also succeeded one another, and it is Marty Morell who joined the trio, effective until 1975 with as main work, the album The Bill Evans Trio.

Biography Bill Evans

The end of a special career

Bill Evans lost his life on September 15, 1980 at the age of 51, worn out by hepatitis and drug addiction. He left his mark on the history of jazz as well as on his era by his harmonic identity inspired by classical impressionism and by numerous rhythmic subtleties. In particular, thanks to Bill Evans, the trio developed in a new way more rich in expression.

"A great musician is always learning, evolving, and searching for new ideas."

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