Bill Evans: Never Let Me Go


Never Let Me Go


Bill Evans (piano)


Alone (Verve 833801)

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Bill Evans (piano).

Composed by Raymond Evans and Jay Livingston


Recorded: Webster Hall, New York, September-October, 1968


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Bill Evans is best remembered for his trio work, although he participated in several outstanding solo piano sessions over the years. But he never dug more deeply into a solo performance than on this version of "Never Let Me Go." At 14:28, it is more than twice as long as any other track on the Alone LP. Even by Evans's standards, this track is introverted and introspective. If I didn't know better, I would guess that someone caught the pianist making music for his own enjoyment and taped it surreptitiously. In the liner notes, Evans writes that "the hours of greatest pleasure in my life have come about as a result of the capacity of the piano to be in itself a complete expressive musical medium." Evans returns again and again to the melody, and you can sense how he seems to align his own psychological state with the flow of the song. This is a very profound performance and a timeless example of a jazz artist completely immersed in the emotional landscape of a composition.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


  • 1 leojazz // Apr 02, 2008 at 02:28 PM
    For me Bill Evans is the greatest. You should also check-out "You Must Believe in Spring", a trio Cd with Eddie Gomez last recordinhg with Bill. Today don't forget to hear the followers: Fred Hersch, Enrico Pieranunzi, Brad Mehldau, Steve Kuhn, Keith Jarrett, Stefano Bollani. Don't forget to see my web