You Must Believe in Spring

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You Must Believe in Spring
You Must Believe in Spring - Bill Evans.jpg
Studio album by Bill Evans
Released 1981
Recorded August 23-25, 1977
Capitol Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Jazz
Length 33:48
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Helen Keane, Tommy LiPuma
Bill Evans chronology
We Will Meet Again
You Must Believe in Spring
Re: Person I Knew
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz (favorable) [1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Los Angeles Times 5/5 stars [3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[4]

You Must Believe in Spring is an album by jazz pianist Bill Evans, recorded by Evans, bassist Eddie Gómez, and drummer Eliot Zigmund in August 1977, and released after Evans' death in September 1980. It was Evans's last recording sessions done with Gomez on bass, who left after eleven years with Evans to pursue other musical projects. The same year, Evans also recorded the title song in duet with jazz vocalist Tony Bennett on their second album, Together Again.

In addition to a song about suicide, the album's two originals by Evans are dedicated to his common-law wife Ellaine Schultz and his brother Harry, both of whom had taken their own lives.[5] Rhino reissued the album on compact disc in 2003 with three bonus tracks added, including a take on the only song from Kind of Blue that Evans did not play on, "Freddie Freeloader." The liner notes indicate that Evans plays electric piano on "Without a Song"; if so, it is not audible on the track.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "B Minor Waltz (for Ellaine)" Bill Evans 3:12
2. "You Must Believe in Spring" Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Jacques Demy, Michel Legrand 5:37
3. "Gary's Theme" Gary McFarland 4:15
4. "We Will Meet Again (for Harry)" Bill Evans 3:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Peacocks" Jimmy Rowles 6:00
2. "Sometime Ago" Sergio Mihanovich 4:52
3. "Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)" Mike Altman, Johnny Mandel 5:53



  1. ^ All About Jazz review
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. You Must Believe in Spring at AllMusic
  3. ^ Feather, Leonard. "Jazz Albums: Bill Evans a Rewarding Set". The Los Angeles Times. February 22, 1981. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 74. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  5. ^ Francis Davis, You Must Believe in Spring, Rhino 8122-73719-2 liner notes p. 7.

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