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Bill Evans

Everybody Digs Bill Evans LP

Recorded in 1958 for Riverside, this was Evans' second album as leader, recorded shortly after he had officially left Miles Davis' legendary sextet and just before he returned to the sextet to record the era-defining Kind Of BlueMiles took a lot of flack for giving his piano slot to a white musician when there were plenty of talented black pianists out there, but Miles Davis was not interested in getting a good pianist, he wanted an exceptional pianist, and that is exactly what Evans was. Like Miles Davis, Evans became the standard by which other jazz musicians measured their own playing, and now there is hardly a jazz piano player around that can say that he has not in some way been influenced by "the Evans style of playing". With fellow Davis sideman Philly Joe Jones on drums, and Dizzy Gillespie's bass man, Sam Jones, on the bass, this trio album captures Evans at a critical moment in his career, having proven himself to peers and critics alike (as the cover testifies -with high praise from Davis, Ahmad Jamal, George Shearing and Cannonball Adderley), not only this is a much more confident and personal album than his first one, but it documents a totally new style of jazz piano playing that went on to influence generations to come. The album includes three originals, including the acclaimed "Peace Piece", along with Sonny Rollins' "Oleo", also a favorite of Davis at the time, Cole Porter's "Lucky to Be Me", and Gigi Gryce's "Minority", among others. Also featured: "Some Other Time" as a bonus track.
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