Bill Evans: Young and Foolish


Young and Foolish


Bill Evans (piano)


Everybody Digs Bill Evans (Riverside RCD-1129-2)

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Bill Evans (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Composed by Albert Hague & Arnold B. Horwitt


Recorded: New York, December 15, 1958


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

At largo pace, with minimal flourish and maximal feeling, Bill Evans transforms a 1955 Broadway show tune into a deeply moving experience, quite unlike the florid, superficial prettiness of conventional jazz piano balladry. Evans strips the melody of unnecessary decoration, introduces delicate harmonic hues derived from Chopin, Debussy and Satie, and allows his piano to sing. This gets our vote for Most Beautiful Modern Jazz Piano Performance of All Time. As Miles Davis, who seldom had a good word to say about anyone, allowed of Evans in a cover testimonial: "He plays the piano the way it should be played.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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