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Bill Evans – Morning Glory and Bill Evans – Inner Spirit

by Debra C. Argen
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Jazz collectors are in for a rare treat with the April 2022 release of two important Bill Evans albums, Bill Evans – Morning Glory, his 1973 concert at the Teatro Gran Rex, in Buenos Aires, Argentina playing with Eddie Gomez on bass and Marty Morell on drums, and Bill Evans – Inner Spirit, his 1979 concert at the Teatro General San Martin, in Buenos Aires, playing with Marc Johnson on bass and Joe Labarbera on drums. These double-disc releases on the Resonance Records label are jazz treasures that show the genius of the great Bill Evans.


Bill Evans – Morning Glory and Bill Evans – Inner Spirit

Bill Evans, 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.

Bill Evans - Inner Spirit

Known as "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.

Bill Evans – Morning Glory debuts on April 23, 2022, and is available on CD, and Digital Download.

Bill Evans – Morning Glory Disc One: Re: Person I Knew, Emily, Who Can I Turn To? The Two Lonely People, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? My Romance.

Bill Evans – Morning Glory Disc Two: Mornin’ Glory, Up With The Lark, T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune), Esta Tarde Villover, Beautiful Love, Waltz For Debby, My Foolish Heart

Bill Evans – Morning Glory, Personnel: Bill Evans on piano, Eddie Gomez on bass, Marty Morell on drums

Bill Evans – Morning Glory was recorded live on June 24, 1973, at the Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This double-disc release includes an in-depth booklet that tells the story of Bill’s life, the concert, interviews, and reflections from Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell and includes rare photos.

While Bill Evans died in September 1980, his music legacy carries on through other musicians. In November 2017, we had the pleasure of seeing Brazilian Jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, and composer Eliane Elias perform in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center where her first set was a tribute to Bill Evans who musically had a profound influence on her. What made the evening even more special was that Joe Labarbera and Marc Johnson, (Eliane Elias’ husband) who played with Bill Evans as members of his final trio and played in Buenos Aires at the 1979 concert, played with Eliane Elias that evening. One of the many Bill Evans songs she played that evening was Waltz for Debby.

Bill Evans – Inner Spirit debuts on April 30, 2022, and is available on CD, and Digital Download.

Bill Evans – Inner Spirit Disc One: Stella By Starlight, Laurie, Theme from M*A*S*H, Turn Out The Stars, I Do It For Your Love, My Romance, Letter to Evan

Bill Evans – Inner Spirit Disc Two: I Loves You Porgy, Up With The Lark, Minha (All Mine), Someday My Prince Will Come, If You Could See Me Now, Nardis

Bill Evans – Inner Spirit Personnel: Bill Evans on piano, Marc Johnson on bass, Joe Labarbera on drums

Bill Evans – Inner Spirit was recorded live on September 27, 1979, at the Teatro General San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is the first official release of his famous concert in Argentina. This double-disc release also includes an in-depth 52-page booklet.

If you love jazz piano, I highly recommend picking up both exceptional releases from a true jazz piano master, Bill Evans.

Until next time, keep enjoying the music!

Websites where you can purchase Bill Evans – Morning and Bill Evans – Inner Spirit: Resonance Records- Bill Evans – Morning Glory, Resonance Records – Bill Evans – Inner Spirit, Barnes & Noble

For information on Resonance Records, please visit: www.ResonanceRecords.org

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