Everybody Digs Bill Evans

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Everybody Digs Bill Evans
Everybody Digs Bill Evans.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedEnd of March 1959[1]
RecordedDecember 15, 1958
StudioReeves Sound Studios, New York City
GenreJazz
Length42:36 original LP
48:45 CD reissue
LabelRiverside
RLP 12-291
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Bill Evans chronology
New Jazz Conceptions
(1957)
Everybody Digs Bill Evans
(1959)
Portrait in Jazz
(1960)

Everybody Digs Bill Evans is an album by jazz musician Bill Evans. It was released in early 1959 on the Riverside label.

History[edit]

Everybody Digs Bill Evans was Evans's second album, done two years after his first record as a leader. Though his producer (Orrin Keepnews) had wanted Evans to record a follow-up album to his debut sooner, the self-critical Evans felt he had "nothing new to say" before this album.

The recording captures Evans at a time when he frequently played extended musical ideas using block chords, a technique also favored by Milt Buckner, George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, and other jazz pianists. That combined with his use of pedals gave him a sound considered by critics to be innovative. Though Evans had quit the Miles Davis band a month before the album was recorded, Davis was enamored of Evans's piano sound as it was developing through 1958, and decided to use him as the pianist for four of the five tracks on the 1959 recording Kind of Blue.

Everybody Digs Bill Evans was reissued in 1987 with one bonus track.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
All About Jazz4.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[5]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings4/4 stars[6]

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]

It was voted number 3 in the 50 All-Time Overlooked Jazz Albums from Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[7]

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

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  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)
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  6. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 456. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  7. ^ Colin Larkin (2000). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 26. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.

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