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Very Early: Bill Evans in the 1950s

From: WFIU
Series: Night Lights Classic Jazz
Length: 58:57

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An hour-long program of classic jazz, featuring early recordings of pianist Bill Evans with Charles Mingus, George Russell, and others.

Bevans2008_small In the mid-1950s pianist Bill Evans was still a relative unknown, not yet the jazz-piano giant he'd become on the strength of recordings like Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Conversations With Myself. Evans had a strong influence on post-1960s jazz pianists-an influence some have found fault with, for certainly Evans had what's been called a "pastoral-romanticist" bent and a nearly cult-like following, and his later recordings sometimes have a sort of lyrical-stasis quality to them. As a young pianist in the mid-1950s he had a different sound that drew on his early influences from progressive, hardbop, and modernist piano players like Lennie Tristano, Horace Silver, and Bud Powell. He also gave signs of forming an approach that would have been more rhythmically aggressive and attuned to avant-garde inclinations.

"Very Early: Bill Evans 1956-58″ features the pianist's recordings as a sideman with Charles Mingus, Tony Scott, George Russell (including his monumental solo from Russell's "All About Rosie"), Hal McKusick, Eddie Costa and a little-known side made with guitarist Joe Puma, as well as a track from his debut as a leader, New Jazz Conceptions.

Piece Description

In the mid-1950s pianist Bill Evans was still a relative unknown, not yet the jazz-piano giant he'd become on the strength of recordings like Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Conversations With Myself. Evans had a strong influence on post-1960s jazz pianists-an influence some have found fault with, for certainly Evans had what's been called a "pastoral-romanticist" bent and a nearly cult-like following, and his later recordings sometimes have a sort of lyrical-stasis quality to them. As a young pianist in the mid-1950s he had a different sound that drew on his early influences from progressive, hardbop, and modernist piano players like Lennie Tristano, Horace Silver, and Bud Powell. He also gave signs of forming an approach that would have been more rhythmically aggressive and attuned to avant-garde inclinations.

"Very Early: Bill Evans 1956-58″ features the pianist's recordings as a sideman with Charles Mingus, Tony Scott, George Russell (including his monumental solo from Russell's "All About Rosie"), Hal McKusick, Eddie Costa and a little-known side made with guitarist Joe Puma, as well as a track from his debut as a leader, New Jazz Conceptions.

Timing and Cues

Total Program Length: 59:00

00:00 Segment 1: Program Intro
Incue: Theme Music

01:00 Segment 2: Optional Cutaway for News

06:00 Segment 3: Program Part 1
Outcue: “…Very Early: Bill Evans” on Night Lights.”

33:10 Segment 4: MIDPOINT BREAK (1:00 music bed)

34:10 Segment 5: Program Part 2

59:00 End Program

Related Website

http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/early-bill-evans-19561958/