Reviews that mention Bill Evans

October 16, 2017

Bill Evans

Another Time: The Hilversum Concert
Resonance Records HCD 2031

Wynton Kelly Trio/Wes Montgomery

Smokin' in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)

Resonance Records HCD 2029

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, there were two accepted ways to play Jazz piano: the introspective and the extroverted. Although others followed the same cerebral paths, Bill Evans (1929-1980) was generally considered the exemplar of the first genre. The latter was more difficult to define, but because of his versatility playing ballads and blues plus the constant demand for him as an accompanist, Wynton Kelly (1931-1971) ranks as one of the most proficient players of the era. Oddly enough, despite their differences, the first – and in Kelly’s case most extended – brush with fame came as a member of famous Miles Davis combos of the time. Serendipitously two newly-discovered live sets featuring the stylists have been released, which like film retrospectives allow for a consideration of their respective skill nearly 50 years down the road. MORE