Miles Davis' white pianist Bill Evans (1929) had started in a low-key bebop vein with
New Jazz Conceptions (september 1956), that contained his Waltz for Debby,
and with Everybody Digs (december 1958), that contained his Peace Piece;
but, after recording Kind Of Blue (april 1959) with Davis, he formed a trio
with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian that introduced a new
democratic dynamics and veered towards an impressionistic sound influenced
by European classical music. Unfortunately, LaFaro died after their
two albums, Portrait in Jazz (december 1959) and especially Explorations (february 1961).
The last performance by the trio of Evans, LaFaro and Motian is documentd on
Sunday at the Village Vanguard (june 1961)
and Waltz for Debby (june 1961).
Evans overdubbed himself at the piano for
Conversations With Myself (february 1963).
The double-disc Some Other Time (june 1968) collects unreleased recordings with Eddie Gomez (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums)
Evans died in 1980.
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