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The Universal Mind of Bill Evans (1966)

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This is jazz
27 November 2012 | by (Philly) – See all my reviews

Excellent, if dry, discussion of the nature of the creative process in jazz music. As true today as nearly 50 years ago when made. Evans was a pioneer of a then-new style of musical creativity within the jazz realm. He and his astounding trios, particularly from the early 60s, together with his work with Miles Davis created a new approach to harmony and reharmonization. His trios effectively reimagined the concept of simultaneous improvisation from its roots in traditional jazz into nothing like "Dixieland". His trios' gentle yet intense group dynamic over an evolving harmonic landscape coupled with an astounding mechanical ability and mastery of instrumental technique and musicianship were instrumental in moving jazz beyond bop and west coast cool into modal, free and other realms. A million cocktail pianists have attempted to emulate his gentle melodious approach, but generally without Evans' massive chops or harmonic sophistication. Evans was the musical force behind what was probably Tony Bennet's best (or at least most interesting) album. This video gives him the opportunity to explain and demonstrate his approach. A must for anyone, musician or fan, seeking to understand the music.


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