Bill Evans: What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?


What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?


Bill Evans (piano)


Blue in Green: The Concert in Canada (Milestone MCD -9185-2)

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Bill Evans (piano), Eddie Gomez (bass), Marty Morell (drums).

Composed by Michel Legrand, Alan & Marilyn Bergman


Recorded: live in Hull, Canada, August 1974


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

I know I age myself terribly with some of my older recollections. But what can I do? They are part of me and influence how I think. I remember when "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?" was a big hit. Everyone and his or her brother were singing it. One day on the Mike Douglas TV show a little-known singer came on and said she was going to sing the song. Douglas, normally an affable singer/talk-show host who had perfected the art of reading cue cards, decided to adlib. He told the vocalist that he didn't care for the song! He thought the words, "What are you doing the rest of your life? The North, East, South and West of your life…," were silly. Even as a six-year-old child I was flabbergasted. (Okay, okay, I wasn't six.) I'll never forget the look on that poor singer's face. She then had to turn around and sing the song! Yikes!

Bill Evans didn't have to worry about lyrics for his 1974 live performance of composer Michel Legrand's ballad in Hull, Canada. But lyricism was still at the heart of his performance. His trio was in top form for this outdoor performance held on a cooler than usual night. Bassist Eddie Gomez is particularly impressive in adding shading and melodic flourishes. It isn't the easiest thing to play outdoors and achieve the kind of intimacy heard on this performance. But it is there in every note Evans played.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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