jazz pianist Bill Evans was a legend who
created a plethora of iconic, award-winning music. Remastered and released in
June 2022, Bill Evans: You Must Believe In Spring, is a genius of a release of exceptional jazz piano and will be a
welcome addition to any jazz collection. Joining Bill Evans on
piano are Eddie Gomez on bass, and Eliot Zigmund on
drums. Recorded at Capitol Studios in 1977, this compilation is
on Craft Recordings and manufactured and distributed
Bill Evans: You Must Believe In Spring
You Must Believe In Spring: B Minor
Waltz (For Elaine), You Must Believe In Spring, Gary's Theme, We Will Meet
Again (for Harry), The Peacocks, Sometime Ago, Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is
Painless), Bonus Tracks: Without A Song, Freddie Freeloader, All Of You
Personnel: Bill Evans, piano, Eddie Gomez: bass, Eliot Zigmund:
You Must Believe In Spring was
produced by Helen Keane and Tommy Lipuma. Recorded at Capitol
Studios, Hollywood, California on August 23, 24, and 25, 1977. This compilation
is on Craft Recordings. Manufactured for and distributed by Concord. It was reissued on
June 3, 2022, on 180-gram vinyl, SACD, CD, and Hi-Res Digital.
I had the
pleasure of reviewing Bill Evans - Morning Glory and Bill Evans - Inner Spirit
when they both debuted as remastered releases in
April 2022. Morning Glory was recorded live on June 24, 1973, in
Argentina, and Inner Spirit was recorded live on September 27, 1979,
also in Argentina. While I knew Bill Evans' music through other jazz musicians
playing his iconic standards, I did not know much about the man himself, and
decided to remedy that with a little background research.
born William John Evans, (August 1, 1929 - September 15, 1980) was a legendary
American Jazz composer, pianist, and trio band leader. He started piano lessons
at age 6, along with violin and flute, and by the time he was 12 years old he
was playing in the high school band. He continued to hone his craft at
Southeastern Louisiana University, and then later while serving his country in
the Army. He moved to New York in 1955 and his career took off eventually
taking him around the world. The music he made, and the talent he played with
over the years, was astonishing.
"the quiet revolutionary" his life was one of many musical achievements
including recording over 50 albums and earning 31 Grammy nominations and 7
Grammy awards. Many of his compositions have become jazz standards, including Waltz
for Debby, Turn Out the Stars, Very Early, Funkallero,
and more. He was, and continues to be even posthumously, a jazz influencer with
his musical style.
Music - Bill Evans: You Must Believe In Spring
You Must Believe In Spring features 7
songs plus 3 bonus tracks of exceptional music. The release opens with the
Bill Evans' composition B Minor Waltz (For Elaine), which he wrote for
his common-law wife, Elaine Schultz, who committed suicide in 1973. This
opening work is stunning and breathtakingly beautiful with the sensational
crystalline piano notes for which Bill Evans was known.
Next up is
the title track, You Must Believe in Spring, written by Michel Legrand,
which was off the Bill Evans album of the same name released in 1981. The
composition is lively, hopeful, as spring always is, especially after a long
cold winter. The release continues with Gary's Theme, written by Gary
McFarland, then segues into another Bill Evans' composition, We Will Meet
Again (For Harry), which he wrote for his brother Harry L. Evans (1927-1979),
who had committed suicide. Eddie Gomez's plucked bass on this composition is
continues with a Jimmy Rawles' composition entitled The Peacocks,
followed by Sometime Ago written by Sergio Mihanovich. Fans of the 1970
Robert Altman and Ring Lardner, Jr. film, M*A*S*H, which later debuted
as a television show from 1972-1983, will recognize Johnny Mandel's famous composition,
Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless).
included, like a lagniappe, a little something extra, are the Bonus Tracks:
Without A Song, composed in 1929 by Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, and Vincent
Youmans; Miles Davis' Freddie Freeloader, an up-tempo, iconic Miles'
standard from 1959. The release closes with a classic Cole Porter composition
from 1954, entitled All Of You. Bill Evans may be gone, but his musical
genius lives on through his impressive legacy of music, and for that I am very
Until next time, keep enjoying the music!
Websites where you can purchase Bill Evans: You Must Believe In Spring: Craft Recordings, and Amazon.
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