Bill Evans - Live 1964 to 1975 is part of the Jazz Icons series. This collection covers an 11-year span, highlighting Evans' ever-deepening artistry as he performs with four different all-star rhythm sections. This DVD includes for the first time on home video Evans' renditions of the rarely performed "Sareen Jurer," "Blue Serge" and "Twelve Tone Tune Two." Among the many surprises in this collection is a live performance of "My Melancholy Baby" with saxophonist Lee Konitz.
18 amazing performances from five different sets across 12 years from one of the most famous and influential American jazz pianists of the 20th century. The years of this set roughly coincide with when Evans was signed with Verve. This mid-career period featured Evans's most stable and long-lasting trio with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morrell. In addition, he had kicked his heroin habit and was entering a period of personal stability as well. Evans' music always displayed his creative mastery of harmony, rhythm and interpretive jazz conception. His work fused elements from jazz and classical music. Bill Evans developed in his duos and trios a unique conception of ensemble performance and a classical sense of form and conceptual scale in unprecedented ways. Europe remained a receptive audience when US jazz clubs dates grew fewer. Set #1: A two song set from Sweden September 29, 1964 with Chuck Israels (bass) , Larry Bunker (drums) 1. My Foolish Heart 2. Israel. Set #2: A two song set from France 1965 with Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass), Alan Dawson (drums) 3. Detour Ahead 4. My Melancholy Baby (with Lee Konitz on alto sax). Set #3: A three song set from Denmark 1970 with Eddie Gomez (bass) , Marty Morrell (drums). 5. Emily 6. Alfie 7. Someday My Prince Will Come Set #4: A six song set from Sweden February 20, 1970 with Eddie Gomez (bass), Marty Morrell (drums) 8. If You Could See Me Now 9. 'Round Midnight 10. Someday My Prince Will Come 11. Sleepin' Bee 12. You're Gonna Hear From Me 13. Re: Person I Knew Set #5: A five song set from Denmark 1975 with Eddie Gomez (bass) , Eliot Zigmund (drums) 14. Sareen Jurer 15. Blue Serge 16. Up With The Lark 17. But Beautiful 18. Twelve Tone Tune Two
I also recommend the previous sets, Jazz Icons #1 and #2 and look forward to Jazz Icons #4.
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