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William John Evans, known as Bill Evans (pronunciation: /??v?ns/, August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980), was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly worked in a trio setting. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and is considered by some to have been the most influential post-World War II jazz pianist. Evans's use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords, and trademark rhythmically independent, "singing" melodic lines continue to influence jazz pianists today. Unlike many other jazz musicians of his time, Evans never embraced new movements like jazz fusion or free jazz.Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, Evans was classically trained, and studied at Southeastern Louisiana University. In 1955, he moved to New York, where he worked with bandleader and theorist George Russell. In 1958, Evans joined Miles Davis's sextet, where he was to have a profound influence. In 1959, the band, then immersed in modal jazz, recorded Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time.In late 1959, Evans left the Miles Davis band and began his career as a leader with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian, a group now regarded as a seminal modern jazz trio. In 1961, ten days after recording the highly acclaimed Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby, LaFaro died in a car accident. After months of seclusion, Evans re-emerged with a new trio, featuring bassist Chuck Israels.In 1963, Evans recorded Conversations with Myself, an innovative solo album using the unconventional (in jazz solo recordings) technique of overdubbing over himself. In 1966, he met bassist Eddie Gomez, with whom he would work for eleven years. Several successful albums followed, such as Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Alone and The Bill Evans Album, among others.Despite his success as a jazz artist, Evans suffered personal loss and struggled with drug abuse. Both his girlfriend Elaine and his brother Harry committed suicide, and he was a long time user of heroin, and later of cocaine. As a result, his financial stability, personal relationships and musical creativity suffered until his death, in 1980.Many of his compositions, such as "Waltz for Debby", have become standards and have been played and recorded by many artists. Evans was honored with 31 Grammy nominations and seven awards, and was inducted in the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.

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  • We Will Meet Again - The Bill Evans Anthology, 2005
  • The Paris Concert, Edition One, 1982
  • A Day in New York, 2003
  • New Conversations, 1997
  • Autumn Leaves, 1998
  • Interplay, 2011
  • The Complete Gus Wildi Recordings, 2004
  • Everybody Digs Bill Evans, 2007
  • Empathy / A Simple Matter of Conviction, 2012
  • At the Montreux Jazz Festival, 1990
  • The Ivory Hunters, 1994
  • The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album, 1992
  • Conversations With Myself, 1997
  • Easy to Love, 2006
  • Montreux III, 1991
  • Highlights From Turn Out The Stars
  • The Bill Evans Album, 1996
  • Getting Sentimental: Live at the Village Vanguard, 2003
  • Waltz for Debby
  • Bill Evans for Lovers, 2004
  • Quiet Now: Never Let Me Go, 1999
  • Ultimate Bill Evans, 1998
  • The Sesjun Radio Shows, 2011
  • We Will Meet Again, 2011
  • Bill Evans's Finest Hour, 2001
  • Alone (Again), 2006
  • Undercurrent, 1988
  • Serenity, 1993
  • California Here I Come, 2004
  • New Jazz Conceptions, 2006
  • The Complete Tony Bennett & Bill Evans Recordings, 2009
  • You're Gonna Hear From Me, 1991
  • The Very Best of Bill Evans, 2002
  • Quintessence, 2006
  • Unknown Session, 2006
  • Jazz Showcase
  • Alone, 2002
  • His Last Concert in Germany, 1996
  • Live at the Festival, 1994
  • Together Again, 1977
  • Loose Blues
  • The Complete Riverside Recordings, 1991
  • Complete Fantasy Recordings, 1989
  • A Simple Matter of Conviction, 2008
  • Bill Evans at Town Hall, Volume 1
  • The Complete Legendary Sessions, 2010
  • The Best of Bill Evans, 1998
  • Affinity, 1988
  • Re: Person I Knew, 1993
  • Further Conversations With Myself, 1999
  • What's New, 2003
  • The Best of Bill Evans on Verve, 1995
  • You Must Believe in Spring, 2003
  • The Solo Sessions, Volume 1, 1989
  • Live at Art D'Lugoff's: Top of the Gate, 2012
  • Sharp Notes, 2011
  • Intermodulation, 1988
  • Spring Leaves, 1976
  • Blue in Green: The Concert in Canada, 1991
  • Symbiosis, 1974
  • From Left to Right, 1998
  • The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961, 2005
  • Piano Four Hands: Live in Rio 1979
  • Soul Bop Band Live, 2005
  • Bill Evans Plays for Lovers, 2006
  • Riverside Profiles (disc 1), 2006
  • Play the Arrangements of Jimmy Giuffre, 1959
  • The Complete Bill Evans on Verve, 1997
  • Ballads and More, 1999
  • Intuition, 2006
  • Empathy, 1962
  • The Paris Concert, Edition Two, 2001
  • Yesterday I Heard the Rain
  • The Complete Live at the Village Vanguard 1961, 2006
  • Live at Lulu White's 1979
  • Bill Evans Vol. 2, 2013
  • Verve Jazz Masters 5, 1994
  • Quiet Now, 1981
  • The Interplay Sessions, 2007
  • The Legendary Quartet/Quintet Sessions
  • The Secret Sessions, 1996
  • Köln Concert 1976, 2005
  • Original Jazz Classics Collection, 1997
  • On Green Dolphin Street, 1999
  • The Solo Sessions, Volume 2, 2006
  • Jazz 'Round Midnight
  • Half Moon Bay, 1998
  • Portraiture, 2003
  • Piano Player, 1998
  • Colección Grandes Maestros del Jazz 4, 2011
  • At the Eastman Theatre 1977, 2011
  • Kind of Evans, 2011
  • The Complete Riverside Recordings (disc 1), 1987
  • Jazzhouse, 1987
  • Bill Evans With Symphony Orchestra, 1985
  • Everybody Digs Bill Evans: Complete 1958/59 Winter Trio Sessions, 2010
  • Live in Koblenz 1979, 2010
  • Compact Jazz: Bill Evans, 1987
  • My Foolish Heart, 1973
  • Live in Stockholm, 1965, 2007
  • Trio 64, 1997
  • Tenderly: An Informal Session, 2001
  • Conversations with Bill Evans, 1997
  • Night and Day, 2003
  • The Brilliant, 1996
  • The Gary McFarland Orchestra, 2004
  • The Tokyo Concert
  • Eloquence, 1994
  • Live in Europe II
  • Stan Getz & Bill Evans, 1973
  • Lund 1975, Helsinki 1970, 2009
  • Homecoming, 1999
  • Vara Studio Holland 1969, 1969
  • Montreux II, 1970
  • Everlasting Bill Evans: All Time Best, 2010
  • Brandeis Jazz Festival
  • A Jazz Hour With Bill Evans: Autumn Leaves
  • The Best of Bill Evans Live

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On Jul 26, 2009. 10:55am
jpatrickp said

just wonderful - Bill Evans will always be my favourite

On Feb 6, 2010. 10:36am
Stewart said

What a classic version!

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