Friday, January 11, 2013


"Waltz for Debby," Bill Evans

Debby was his niece, which makes sense, because it is a better name for a niece than a lover, if you're writing a jazz arrangement.

Also, Bill Evans owned a racehorse named "Annie Hall," and was a grade-A genius and also a tragic, tragic drug addict, like Miles Davis and Chet Baker and John Coltrane and Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker and...

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I like Bill Evans as much as the next person, but I'm always a little confused at the genesis of Nicole Cliffe's posts. What is the editorial decision-making behind a random tribute to Bill Evans? Did I miss a Bill Evans anniversary? Same goes for many of the book posts (not to mention the Broadway stuff)...


@rabbitrabbit Surely every day is an occasion for Bill Evans, books and Broadway.


@Decca The three most important B's in life.

(......other than Barbra.)

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@rabbitrabbit I mean really! And doll-head wineglasses, advice on job interviews from an unhinged genius, or women laughing alone with salad, to name a few of my favorites!! What is the point of those, anyway!?!!

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@theharpoon I think "What is the point?" is the point!


@fondue with cheddar eggsactly!


Fantastic! What else could it be with this magnificent trio? They use (or should I say Bill Evans) uses an unbelievably effective device just a few bars from the end of the first full chorus.@j


My favourite piece of music that Evans had a hand in is Oliver Nelson's Blues and the Abstract Truth which is an absolutely wonderful album that you can listen to in its entirety here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps3ftZQ5O3w.


You Must Believe In Spring is one of my most listened to albums. <3


Possibly one of his best pieces. And so many good versions, including one with Tony Bennett (surprisingly?)


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