Piano Player (album)

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Piano Player
Piano Player (album).jpg
Compilation album by Bill Evans
Released 1998
Recorded June 10, 1956, September 9, 1958, February 6 & 8, 1962, November 23 & 24, 1970 & May 17, 1971
Genre Jazz
Length 72:10
Label Columbia
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Bill Evans chronology
Half Moon Bay
(1998)Half Moon Bay1998
Piano Player
(1998)
Homecoming
(1999)Homecoming1999

Piano Player is a compilation of recordings featuring jazz pianist Bill Evans released in 1998 on the Columbia label.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars stating "The pianist's fans will definitely want this consistently enjoyable CD".[1] The All About Jazz review by Douglas Payne states "As a whole, Piano Player jumps from time periods and groupings more erratically than a typical Bill Evans listener would expect or appreciate. But eight of these songs offer required - and rewarding — listening for fans of the pianist. The remaining three selections are not readily available elsewhere either. Therefore, for now, Piano Player makes for essential Bill Evans listening"[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Bill Evans unless otherwise noted
  1. "All About Rosie (3rd Section)" (George Russell) - 5:18
  2. "My Funny Valentine" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) - 10:20
  3. "Vierd Blues" (Miles Davis) - 5:58
  4. "Bésame Mucho" (Consuelo Velázquez) - 6:53
  5. "Mornin' Glory" (Bobbie Gentry) - 6:43
  6. "Django" (John Lewis) - 8:08
  7. "Waltz for Debby" - 5:13
  8. "T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune)" - 3:37
  9. "Comrade Conrad" - 6:40
  10. "Gone with the Wind" (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson) - 6:42
  11. "Fun Ride" - 6:37
  • Recorded in New York City on June 10, 1956 (track 1), September 9, 1958 (track 2), February 6 & 8, 1962 (tracks 3 & 4), November 23, 1970 (track 5), November 24, 1970 (tracks 6-10) and May 17, 1971 (track 11)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 25, 2011
  2. ^ Payne, D. Piano Player Review, All About Jazz, October 1, 1998