Quintessence (Bill Evans album)

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For other forms of quintessence, see Quintessence (disambiguation).
Studio album by Bill Evans
Released August/September 1977[1]
Recorded May 27–30, 1976
Fantasy Studios, Berkeley
Genre Jazz, post bop, cool jazz
Length 42:56 (reissue)
Label Fantasy F-9529
CD: Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 698-2
Producer Helen Keane
Bill Evans chronology
Alone Again

Quintessence is an album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans. It was recorded in 1976 for Fantasy Records and released the following year. At this time usually playing solo or with his trio, for these sessions Evans was the leader of an all-star quintet featuring Harold Land on tenor saxophone, guitarist Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown on bass, and Philly Joe Jones drums.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Scott Yanow called the album "a nice change of pace."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sweet Dulcinea Blue" (Kenny Wheeler) – 6:02
  2. "Martina" (Michel Legrand, Eddy Marnay, Hal Shaper) – 8:12
  3. "Second Time Around" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) – 3:41
  4. "A Child Is Born" (Thad Jones, Alec Wilder) – 7:30
  5. "Bass Face" (Kenny Burrell) – 10:04

CD reissue bonus track:

  1. "Nobody Else But Me" (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 7:27


Technical personnel[edit]

  • Helen Keane – producer
  • Phil Kaffel – engineer
  • Phil DeLancie – remastering
  • Galen Rowell - cover photo
  • Phil Bray - booklet photos

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1977 Billboard Jazz Albums 20


  1. ^ Billboard Oct 8, 1977
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Quintessence > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 73. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 

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