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Jazz Icons: Bill Evans - Live in '64-'75
Jazz Icons Bill Evans - Live in '64-'75
Actors: Bill Evans, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Alan Dawson, Lee Konitz
Director: Various
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2008     1hr 38min

This collection includes for the first time on commercial video Bill Evans renditions of the rarely performed or recorded Sareen Jurer, Blue Serge and Twelve Tone Tune Two. Bill Evans performs with four different rhythm se...  more »


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Actors: Bill Evans, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Alan Dawson, Lee Konitz
Director: Various
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Jazz, Musicals & Performing Arts
Format: DVD - Color - Live
DVD Release Date: 09/30/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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A great collection of Bill Evans footage
L. Griffin | 09/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just finished watching this dvd and it is a great collection of material spanning 11 years. I'm just a casual jazz fan and not a musician so I cannot make any relevant remarks on the actualy playing but I have been a fan of Bill Evans for a couple years now and thoroughly enjoyed the performances. The first 3 performances are in black and white with the last two performances in color.

Overall, the sound and video are great. The France footage is grainy but doesn't detract from the performance at all. My only gripe would be the Sweden footage. This one is a bit grainy (which doesn't bother me in the slightest) but whoever directed this decided to include random footage clipped into the performance. You'll be watching the trio perform and then you're watching a woman walk down a city sidewalk, back to the trio, then there is a closeup of a aluminum can on a sidewalk, back to the trio, then you're watching out of focus car lights on a street at night, etc.

I would highly recommend this vdvd to any Bill Evans fan or anyone interested in him. Getting to watch five shows from an eleven year span with different trios makes this dvd worth purchasing without any second thought.

Sweden September 29, 1964
1. My Foolish Heart
2. Israel

Chuck Israels (bass) , Larry Bunker (drums)

France 1965
3. Detour Ahead
4. My Melancholy Baby (with Lee Konitz on alto sax)

Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass), Alan Dawson (drums)

Denmark 1970
5. Emily
6. Alfie
7. Someday My Prince Will Come

Eddie Gomez (bass) , Marty Morrell (drums)

Sweden February 20, 1970
8. If You Could See Me Now
9. 'Round Midnight
10. Someday My Prince Will Come
11. Sleepin' Bee
12. You're Gonna Hear From Me
13. Re: Person I Knew

Eddie Gomez (bass) , Marty Morrell (drums)

Denmark 1975
14. Sareen Jurer
15. Blue Serge
16. Up With The Lark
17. But Beautiful
18. Twelve Tone Tune Two

Eddie Gomez (bass) , Eliot Zigmund (drums)"
An indispensable DVD for jazz pianists
D. J. Davies | 11/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am on the outer edge of jazz fans and pianists, being now over 70 and with a 65 year experience of playing the piano. I have been playing and analysing Bill's music for over forty of those years. Recently my enthusiasm for practising has fallen off but this DVD has fired me up again. I have all his commercially published CDs, transcriptions and videos but this DVD brings me closer to his magical mastery than anything else. It is really the icing on the cake of my BE collection. In this DVD his sad personal life is mirrored in his playing and in his dress. This DVD gives us some idea of how he must have looked and played on the Vanguard sessions but also hints at the growing aggression of the cocaine-driven later years. As a pianist and a life-long jazz fan he is my hero and this DVD makes me realise that he deserves to be. Nothing can detract from his achievement."
H. G. Hill III | New York | 11/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're even a casual fan of Bill Evans, you've got to pick this up. The film quality ranges from decent to very good; the sound is uniformly fantastic, with kudos, once again, to the folks at Reelin' In The Years for their considerable efforts on that front; and Evans's playing shines throughout. This is really something special."
A Keeper
Al Rodriguez | 11/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Jazz Icons did a wonderful job of putting this Bill Evans retrospective together. These Bill Evans live performances are gems that highlight various periods of Bill's evolution and singular talent, ably accompanied by equally gifted musicians. The audio is remarkable as well. This is a welcome addition to my Bill Evans collection.
Buy it now; you won't regret it!"