The Sideman Years
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Bill Evans

The Sideman Years

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Bill Evans (p), Tony Scott (cl), Jimmy Knepper (tb), Gene Quill (as), Dick Garcia, Joe Puma (g), Jerry Bruno, Oscar Pettiford, Les Grinage, Teddy Kotick (b), Camille Morin, Paul Motian, Lenny McBrowne, Dannie Richmond (d), Eddie Costa (vb)

Reference: FSRCD 456

Bar code: 8427328604567

Bill Evans has been one of the most influential pianistsif not one of the most influential musiciansin the history of modern jazz. Everybody who likes piano music enjoys listening to Bills playing, and that is why he is so big today, more than 25 years after he died in 1980. When in 1956 he joined the quartet of the acclaimed clarinetist Tony Scott, Bills playing caused much talk among musicians and big things were predicted for him. When I started out, I worked very simply, but I always knew what I was doing, said Evans of that time. In these early recordings as a sideman, Bill Evans demonstrates, with apparent effortlessness and without straining for gimmicks, what a strong and intelligent improviser he already was in those early years.

Tracklisting:
01. Kimona My House (Dick Garcia) 3:41
02. Like Someone In Love (Van Heusen-Bruke) 5:18
03. Evry Night About This Time (koehler-Monaco) 2:50
04. I Got It Bad And That Aint Good (Ellington-Webster) 4:37
05. Mother Of Earl (Earl Zindars) 4:34
06. Indian Summer (Herbert-Dubin) 7:10
07. Deep Purple (De Rose-Parish) 1:53
08. Aeolian Drinkin Song (Tony Scott) 6:06
09. Round About Midnight (Monk-Williams-Hanighen) 3:34
10. Vanilla Frosting On A Beef Pie(Tony Scott) 3:57
11. You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Brown-Kahn) 4:43
12. How High The Moon (Lewis-Hamilton) 4:00
13. Idol Of The Files (Jimmy Knepper) 5:48
14. Ogling Ogre (Jimmy Knepper) 3:45
15. Love Letters (Kahn-Donaldson) 5:07
16. Avid Admirer (Jimmy Knepper) 4:59

Total time: 72:04 min.

Sources:

Tracks #1-3 from the Dick Garcia 12” LP "A Message from Garcia" (Dawn DLP-1106)
Tracks #4-6 from the "Joe Puma Quartet" 12” LP (Jubilee JLP-1070)
Tracks #7-10 from the Tony Scott 12” LP "The Touch of Tony Scott" (RCA Victor LPM-1353)
Tracks #11-16 from the 12” LP "A Swinging Introduction To Jimmy Knepper" (Bethlehem BCP-77)

Personnel:

Tracks #1-3: Bill Evans, piano: Dick Garcia, guitar; Camille Morin, drums. New York City, 1955
Tracks #4-6: Bill Evans, piano; Eddie Costa, vibes; Joe Puma, guitar; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Paul Motian, drums. New York, 1956
Tracks #7-10: Tony Scott, clarinet; Bill Evans, piano; Les Grinage, bass; Lennie McBrowne, drum. New York City, July 6, 1956
Tracks #11-16: Jimmy Knepper, trombone; Gene Quill, alto sax; Bill Evans, piano; Teddy Kotick, bass; Dannie Richmond, drums. New York City, September 1957

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

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Review:

"Les aficionados n'ont pas manqué de repérer le vaste programme de réédition accompli par Jordi Pujol, fondateur du label barcelonais Fresh Sound, sur les disques des années 1950, West Coast et East Coast. Ont ainsi ressurgi des albums de Pete Rugolo et de Shelly Manne (côte Ouest), de Tony Scott et de Teddy Charles (côte Est) et de fracassantes musiques de films comme celle de Leith Stevens pour L'Equipée sauvage, de Laszlo Benedek. Grâce à cette entreprise de sauvegarde, les perspectives se redressent sur bien des musiciens négligés de leur temps ou, au contraire, surestimés. Ce n'est pas le cas de Bill Evans : son importance dans l'histoire du piano et du jazz est à présent indiscutée. Mais le sideman en lui ne reçoit peut-être pas la reconnaissance méritée.

Si tous les fans connaissent Modern Art, l'album d'Art Farmer (1958) où Bill Evans, un an avant sa participation décisive au Kind of Blue de Miles Davis, donnait un modèle de discrétion et de sensibilité dans l'accompagnement sur d'autres thèmes que les siens, qui se souvient de ses séances de 1955 avec le guitariste Dick Garcia, de 1956 avec le vibraphoniste Eddie Costa ou avec l'extraordinaire clarinettiste Tony Scott, de 1957 vec le tromboniste Jimmy Knepper et le saxophoniste alto Gene Quill ? A les écouter aujourd'hui, on s'aper­çoit que même si Bill Evans n'était pas devenu ensuite en trio le géant que l'on sait, il serait resté dans l'histoire comme l'exemple même de ce qu'on attend d'un « homme d'à côté » : il donne toute sa force et toute son ­intelligence à la musique qui l'invite."

-Michel Contat (Télérama)

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$10.51  (tax incl.)

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