Bill Evans: Conception
Bill Evans (piano)
New Jazz Conceptions (Riverside RCD-223-2)
Composed by George Shearing.
Recorded: New York, September 27, 1956
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
Covering George Shearing’s original for his debut as a leader, Bill Evans incorporated the extended structure by which Miles Davis had disguised "Conception" (1949) for Birth of the Cool's "Deception" (1950), yielding an adroit composite that might've been called "Con/Deception." Evans would not win the Down Beat Jazz Critics New Star Award for another two years, but with this track alone blew past about 4,000 competitors on the jazz piano roster. Unfurling long, intricate contrails of single-note runs that turned abruptly to spiral off on alternate headings, Evans combined a deft touch, dazzling technique and vigorous swing. Essential Evans.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz