Bill Evans (sax): Push

Track

Push

Artist

Bill Evans (soprano sax, keyboards, drum loops)

CD

Push (Lipstick Records LIP 8922)

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Musicians:

Bill Evans (soprano sax, keyboards, drum loops),

Clifford Carter (keyboards, drum loops), Jeff Golub (acoustic and electric guitars), Chris Ming Doky (bass), Billy Ward (drums)

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Composed by Bill Evans

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Recorded: New York, spring 1993

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Rating: 83/100 (learn more)

I would not be understating to say that I hated Push when it came out in 1993. Bill Evans (sax) was always someone I could count on to produce a great jazz or fusion album. But I knew I was in trouble when I opened the CD and saw lyrics and credits for rap singers. NO! NO! Evans (sax) had decided to incorporate hip hop and rap into his music. I still gave it a chance, though, since Evans (sax) said in the liner notes that the music was a marking a "new direction in my life." Yuck. What a god-awful shame that was. I listened once and said goodbye to another great musician who had decided to go over to the dark side.

It is 15 years later. I take out the Push CD from my collection expecting to hate it all over again. The tunes featuring the rapping are still bad. But I realize my distaste for those particular numbers years ago made me overlook some very good fusion cuts. The title piece has hip-hop influences in its heavy bass 'n' drum sound. It is possible I hated that then too. Now it seems that Evans may have been ahead of his time. This music now sounds quite contemporary, even infectious. The sound on Push is heavily compressed, which takes some getting used to. The same is true for the electronic drum loops. But Evans's composing is as strong as ever, and the melody and his wonderful playing of it win out in the end. This is not my favorite Bill Evans music, but it deserves to be listened to. This is one time I would say Thank God for individual track downloads.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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  • 1 Bill Evans // Jan 16, 2009 at 01:16 AM
    I find it quite funny when a reviewer so openly shows his true IQ for reviewing records. In this case, Walter Kolosky is what we call an opinionated ,uneducated, jazz moron. It doesn't take much to confuse and frustrate this kind of reviewer. Anything innovative scares them to death because they couldn't possibly understand it. When the rest of the world loves it, they tend to instantly change their opinion to join the masses. I feel sorry for this guy. give him a cookie for me, would ya ? best, Bill
  • 2 Chucky // Jan 16, 2009 at 01:50 AM
    Critics . . . badly frustrated musicians at best.
  • 3 Tom Waterloo // Jan 16, 2009 at 01:51 AM
    I think a cliff bar would be more appropriate. At least the guy listened to it so he gets credit because "It was something to do."
  • 4 D // Jan 16, 2009 at 04:44 AM
    "I hate Gene Krupa, why can't he play more like Baby Dodds" Walter Kolosky's Grandfather "I hate John Coltrane, why can't he play more like, uh, Louis Armstrong" Walter Kolosky's Dad "I got all my reviewing skills from my father and my grandfather before him" Walter Kolosky
  • 5 Walter Kolosky // Jan 19, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    Thanks for the comments. I don't know if that was the real Bill Evans who placed the first comment. I doubt it because clearly he would have left comments at the 99% of the jazz.com reviews I have written praising his work. Even this one gets a positive review. It appears my reviews have recently attracted a review stalker! How exciting! And what a boring life he must be leading.
  • 6 Rob Landis // Jan 20, 2009 at 12:27 AM
    I think it is very important for all artists, especially jazz artists, to constantly search and explore new directions. Once jazz turns into a "museum" or "classical" music it will cease to evolve and grow. (Let's not get into a discussion of what the definition of jazz is...) There are some "jazz royalty" who have begun to turn jazz into a museum- and I'm pretty sure that Miles, Trane, et al would scoff at this as painting jazz into a creative dead end. On the contrary, Evans goes for it. He is not content to just continue to repeat the same old thing.
  • 7 Rob Landis // Jan 20, 2009 at 01:46 AM
    Without artists who are truly willing to try new things and follow their creative impulses, all we would have is boring copies of what came before. (ie no Bitches Brew) Evans has shown over and over the ability to synthesize different styles, bring together opposites from different camps and try to forge a new sound. And, by the way- he can play "jazz" (ie standards) with any musician on the planet and be in the same league as all the other saxophonists who also played with Miles.
  • 8 Walter Kolosky // Jan 20, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    I completely agree with Rob. Thanks for your comments. (Have to figure out why my posts keep doubling ;-)