You guys did a Bill Evans
post, and nobody told me? OK guys, that's cool, you know, whatever,
what goes around and whatnot...
But seriously....It saddened me greatly when I read perhaps the ultimate biography of Evans by classical pianist Peter Pettinger, called How My Heart Sings
(1996 Yale University Press,) only to learn that he died in Fort Lee, New Jersey in 1981, not far from where I was living at the time, grieving from the death of his brother Harry, playing gigs and recording largely to feed a recurring, demonic drug habit, which he shared with drummer Philly Joe Jones, another enormous talent cut short by drugs.
Bill Evans was a prolific artist, but there is substantial agreement that his best works were performed in his "Village Vanguard" trio with Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums. All of that music is now contained on two Hybrid Syper Audio CDs, Sunday At The Village Vanguard
and Waltz For Debby.
What were excellent recordings to start become absolutely crystalline via Super Audio; just for one thing, you have never heard Scott La Faro's bass sound so real and full. There are three other titles on Super Audio: Explorations, Moonbeams,
and Portrait In Jazz.
Before Super Audio arrived, I would have suggested the 10 CD Riverside Sessions
as a start, but much of the Super Audio Material is duplicative of the Riverside sides.
Evan's chordal vocabulary and impressionistic style seems to become more and more influential with each passing year: look at Chick Corea, early McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Michel Pettruciani, guitarists Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, and John McGlaughlin, also saxophonist Paul Desmond, and many, many others.