Bill Evans's Finest Hour

Bill Evans's Finest Hour

by Bill EvansBill Evans




Bill Evans's Finest Hour represents a number of choice tidbits recorded by the pianist between 1958 and 1970 for Verve. The settings of these recordings range between the intricate trio work he became so identified with to, in at least one instance, full orchestration. While Evans is certainly capable of bopping with the best on songs like "Luck Be a Lady" and "I Should Care," his style glimmers more distinctly on quieter numbers. The fragile "Elsa" and subtle "Spring Is Here" allow him to slowly, though deliberately, develop his impressionistic piano lines. Sensitive accompaniment by drummer Paul Motian and bassists Gary Peacock and Chuck Israels also adds a rich dynamic to these cuts. The recording of "I Loves You, Porgy" at the Montreux Jazz Festival is even more low key and bare, featuring Evans unaccompanied. These somber ballads, emotive and filled with slight shadings, work beautifully. It is almost as though the listener is eavesdropping as the pianist engages in late-night conversations with himself. Evans plays Latin jazz on two somewhat uncharacteristic tracks, "Jazz Samba" and "The Dolphin --After," and overdubs two other pianos on the moody "Spartacus Love Theme." Bill Evans's Finest Hour presents a good overview for those unfamiliar with the great pianist's music. The disc will also offer the listener a starting point to delve further into the delicate, lovely world of Bill Evans.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2001
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0731454967525
catalogNumber: 549675

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Evans   Primary Artist
Ron Carter   Bass
Eddie Costa   Vibes
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Eddie Gomez   Bass
Jim Hall   Guitar
Elvin Jones   Drums
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Gary Peacock   Bass
Chuck Israels   Bass
Gary Chester   Drums
David Nadien   Violin
Seymour Barab   Cello
Sam T. Brown   Guitar
Larry Bunker   Drums
Harvey Estrin   Flute
Norman Forrest   Viola
Leo Kahn   Violin
Mickey Leonard   Conductor
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Marty Morell   Drums
Paul Motian   Drums
George Ockner   Violin
Romeo Penque   Flute
Raoul Poliakin   Violin
Tosha Samaroff   Violin
David Schwartz   Violin,Viola
Arnold Wise   Drums

Technical Credits

Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Luíz Eça   Composer
Harvey Estrin   Orchestral Overdubs
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Helen Keane   Producer
Mickey Leonard   Arranger
Sonny Lester   Producer
Romeo Penque   Orchestral Overdubs
Creed Taylor   Producer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Don Meyer   Composer
Sherman Edwards   Composer

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