Bill Evans

Bill Evans (1929-1980), had a subtle lyrical improvisational style that has influenced artists such as Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, John Abercrombie, Joe Zawinul, Philip Catherine

“I always like people who have developed long and hard, particularly through introspection and a lot of dedication. I think that what they arrive at is usually…deeper and more beautiful…than the person who seems to have that ability and fluidity from the beginning. I say this because it's a good message to give to young talents who feel as I used to. You hear musicians playing with great fluidity and complete conception early on, and you don't have that ability. I didn't. I had to know what I was doing. And ultimately it turned out that these people weren't able to carry their thing very far. I found myself being more attracted to artists who have developed through the years and become better and deeper musicians. I believe in things that are developed through hard work.” —Bill Evans, in 'Metaphors for the Musician' by Randy Halberstadt.

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Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez amazingly on bass, and Alex Riel on drums, perform “Autumn Leaves” (Oslo, Norway: October, 1966).

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