Bill Evans: Reflections in D


Reflections in D


Bill Evans (piano)


New Conversations (Warner Bros. 3177)

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Bill Evans (piano).

Composed by Duke Ellington


Recorded: New York, January-February, 1978


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Some of Bill Evans's most stylized late-period work came during his brief tenure with the Warner Bros. label. This impressionistic version of a little-known Duke Ellington composition served as the cornerstone of Evans's 1978 New Conversations. I recall Evans mentioning in an interview that he had not heard Ellington's original 1953 recording at the time he made this track. If so, it is uncanny how much Evans's version evokes the same ambiance and sonic landscape that the composer achieved on his original performance. This recording captures the beauty of Evans's voicings and touch, and is a good starting point for fans from the classical music world who are coming to this artist for the first time -- perhaps after hearing Jean-Yves Thibaudet's concert hall reworkings of his music. If Debussy or Ravel had played jazz, this is how they might have sounded.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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