Bill Evans: Lullaby for Helene


Lullaby for Helene


Bill Evans (piano, Fender Rhodes)


From Left to Right (Verve 527953-2)

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Bill Evans (piano, Fender Rhodes), Sam Brown (guitar), Eddie Gomez (bass), Marty Morrell (drums).

Composed by Bill Evans


Recorded: San Francisco, CA, March 26th, 1970


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

This song opens up with a striking minor chord on the guitar, sounding almost classical, as Evans plays a beautiful melody on the Fender Rhodes in honor of Helene. He then follows it with some tasty lines on the piano, showing his blues side, which was one of the best and the most subdued. I really think this record contains some of Evans most brilliant moments, showing us on each track why he was one of the strongest piano players during the 20th century.

Although this song is a little short and I would have liked to have heard some more interaction, it still definitely provides the highest level of musical satisfaction. The guitar works perfectly with everything Evans plays on this song. It sounds like Evans is on the inside of a circle and the guitar is just patiently drawing a line around his sound. Another great song from a great album.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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