Bill Evans: Soiree




Bill Evans (piano, Fender Rhodes)


From Left to Right (Verve 527953-2)

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

Composed by Earl Zindars


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


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Even though Bill Evans' style and technique have been widely achknowledged and copied by dozens of contemporary pianists and musicians, one thing that he doesn't get as much credit for is his willingness to experiment with new things. As before with Conversations with Myself in which he overdubbed three pianos, Evans became one of the first musicians to record with the Fender Rhodes on this album dating back to early 1970. I know other musicians had recorded with the instrument but none of them added the sensibililtes and touch that Evans brings to the table.

On "Soiree," Evans introduces the melody which is enhanced further by the wonderful guitar work of Sam Brown and the subtle bass drones of Eddie Gomez. I absolutely love how Evans states the melody with the Rhodes but plays harmony with the piano. It's a match made in heaven. Another great song from an American master, Bill Evans!

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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