Bill Evans Live in Paris

Maison de la Radio 1972

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Bill Evans — Pianist

Eddie Gómez — Double bassist

Marty Morell — Drummer

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Harmonic brilliance and a rich, profound touch whose legendary phrasing has gone on to inspire every pianist (and jazz musician) ever since, Bill Evans is beyond platitudes. His music is often considered beyond description, even, something to be felt and savoured as in a physical and emotional sense, beyond mere words. Here, in 1972, in Paris, he takes the audience on an elegant, impressionistic adventure, starting with the very appropriately titled "Quiet Now." 

His place in the jazz pantheon was secured way back in 1959, when he was a central pillar in perhaps the most-loved jazz album of all time, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. Yet, in the following years he cemented himself as a formidable leader and here plays in his favoured trio format alongside mainstay bandmates. Marty Morell is slick and perfect on the drums and Eddie Gomez is majestic on the double bass, having spent more than a decade bending his notes around Evans piano playing. The concert features Evan's famous takes on "Autumn Leaves" and "Someday My Prince Will Come."

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