Everybody Digs Bill Evans

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Everybody Digs Bill Evans
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Studio album by
ReleasedEnd of March 1959[1]
RecordedDecember 15, 1958
StudioReeves Sound Studios, New York City
Length42:36 original LP
48:45 CD reissue
RLP 12-291
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
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Everybody Digs Bill Evans is an album by jazz musician Bill Evans. It was released in early 1959 on the Riverside label.


Everybody Digs Bill Evans was the artist's second album, done two years after his first record as a leader. Even though his producer (Orrin Keepnews) tried to encourage him to record again sooner, the highly self-critical Evans felt he had "nothing new to say" before this album.

The recording captures Evans at a time when he was into playing block chords. That combined with his expert use of pedals gave him a fresh, distinctive sound that had never been heard before on the piano.

It was reissued in 1987 with one bonus track.


Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz(no rating)[2]
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[4]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Michael G. Nastos called the album "a landmark recording for the young pianist... Though not his very best effort overall, Evans garnered great attention, and rightfully so, from this important album of 1958."[3] Samuel Chell of All About Jazz wrote: "With its varied tempos, rhythms and programming, Everybody Digs Bill Evans sustains interest without allowing the listener for a moment to mistake the singular, inimitable voice of the leader. It's not hard to understand why many Evans followers, 'casual' and otherwise, list it as their favorite of the pianist's recordings. It's doubtful there's a more introspective, meditative trio set on record, yet the pianist shows he can dance as well."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Minority" (Gigi Gryce) – 5:23
  2. "Young and Foolish" (Albert Hague, Arnold B. Horwitt) – 5:54
  3. "Lucky to Be Me" (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) – 3:41
  4. "Night and Day" (Cole Porter) – 7:35
  5. "Tenderly" (Walter Gross) – 3:34
  6. "Peace Piece" (Bill Evans) – 6:44
  7. "What Is There to Say?" (Vernon Duke, Yip Harburg) – 4:55
  8. "Oleo" (Sonny Rollins) – 4:09
  9. "Epilogue" (Bill Evans) – 0:41
    Bonus track:
  10. "Some Other Time" (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) – 6:09



  1. ^ "Jazz Albums", Billboard, April 6, 1959.
  2. ^ a b Chell, Samuel. "Everybody Digs Bill Evans > Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Nastos, Michael G. "Everybody Digs Bill Evans > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (ed.) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 74. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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