Bill Evans: B Minor Waltz
B Minor Waltz
Bill Evans (piano)
You Must Believe in Spring (Warner Bros 3504)
Recorded: Hollywood, August 23-25, 1977
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Back in 1977, Warner Bros. was peddling records by Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers, the Sex Pistols and . . . Bill Evans. Guess which one of these artists had a great trio album kept on the shelf, forgotten until the musician's death created enough buzz to justify its release?
If you guessed Sid Vicious, you have come to the wrong website. With You Must Believe in Spring, Bill Evans delivered one of his finest late-career trio outings—even if the brothers Warner were hardly paying attention. And unlike most of the other 1970s releases from the Evans trio, this one sets a pensive mood in its opening track, "B Minor Waltz," and maintains and sustains it for the rest of the CD. This waltz is one of Evans's finer compositions, and he plays it with intense feeling, a throwback to the great Evans-LaFaro-Motian trio.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
Tags: piano trio