BILL EVANS

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The Quiet Pas­sion of Bill Evans ★★★★★ Él Records/Cherry Red Records

Subti­tled “col­lab­o­ra­tions, trio and guest ses­sions 1955 to 1962”, this en­thralling three-disc set is a sur­vey of the early ca­reer of Bill Evans, one of the masters of 20th-cen­tury mu­sic. Though best known for his ground­break­ing trios, the great pi­anist’s early years in New York were spent col­lab­o­rat­ing with lead­ers like Charles Min­gus, Can­non­ball Ad­derly and Ge­orge Rus­sell, and, over these 45 chrono­log­i­cally ar­ranged gems, we hear a very pro­found and sub­tle mu­si­cal mind emerge. When, in the mid­dle of it all, the plan­gent open­ing chords of Blue and Green sud­denly ap­pear, one is re­minded that Evans was, not least, the har­monic cat­a­lyst for the most cel­e­brated record­ing in the his­tory of jazz, and the heart swells. cher­ryred.co.uk

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