Bill Evans
Live In Paris 1972 Vol 3


5.0
classic

Review

by Trifolium USER (32 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2023 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Some Other Time

This review is part three in a series of three. Part one can be found here https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/87560/Bill-Evans-Live-In-Paris-1972-Vol-1/


Bill Evans
1929 (Plainfield, New Jersey) – 1980 (New York City, New York)

You could say a lot about Bill Evans.

You could say that he was the leader of a trio for most of his career, but that he is perhaps most well-known for his work with Miles Davis during the heyday of modal jazz, most notably on Kind Of Blue (1959, coincidentally the best-selling jazz album ever). That he then quitted Davis’ sextet, and created his first trio with LaFaro and Motian, with whom he recorded one of the most critically acclaimed live albums in jazz history, 1961’s Sunday at the Village Vanguard.

You could say that many of the tunes he wrote (13 of the 25 tracks from the Live in Paris 1972 albums are by his own hand) ended up becoming universally loved jazz standards, including but not limited to “Re: Person I Knew”, “Very Early”, “Waltz for Debby”, and “Peri’s Scope”.

You could say something about the many challenges that he experienced in his life, including incredible peer pressure in Miles’ sextet (during the sessions that led to Kind Of Blue), how he was thoroughly shaken by LaFaro’s unexpected death (the bassist of his personal favourite trio, killed in a car accident at the age of 25), or about his substance abuse, his financially difficult times resulting from his addictions, or his ex-partners’ suicide.

If you are Wikipedia, you could say about Evans that he introduced many new approaches to jazz playing, and that his experimentation would influence countless of others. You could say he took inspiration from the likes of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, and the ever-present Johann Sebastian Bach. That he added tone chords, used modal inflections, unconventional substitutions, and strange yet wonderful (my words) modulations. If you were Wikipedia, you could continue, saying that one of his main contributions to the harmonic language of jazz is a technique that he developed with his left hand. This would allow him to stay within the harmonious, central registers of the piano, which created a continuity in his chord progressions and transitions, leaving room for the other hand provide contrapuntal melodies. In Evans’ own words: “If I am going to be sitting here playing roots, fifths and full voicings, the bass is relegated to a time machine.” And, oh, how happy we are with these ideas!

Speaking about the bass, Eddie Gómez, Evans’ long-time bassist, who also graces your ears on these Live in Paris 1972 albums, said about Bill in an 1968 interview: “There are so many facets of Bill’s playing, but I guess it all comes down to the way he goes about making music. It’s a very clear, straight, honest way of going at it; there’s nothing that’s contrived. He can play very sensuously: everything is directly concerned with music.” You only have to press play on the rendition of Kind Of Blue classic “Blue'n Green” (right on this volume) to hear what Eddie means.

Talking about Kind Of Blue, if you are the one and only Miles Davis himself, you could say about Bill Evans that, while Miles wrote “Nardis” for Cannonball Adderley in 1958, only Evans plays it the way he had intended it. On a side not, just how GOOD is the Live in Paris 1972 version of that almighty tune, right here on this volume!

Or, if you are a random person on YouTube, you could say about Bill: “Evans "playing the silences" as attentively as the notes themselves puts him into a class of one.” Whatever that may mean, Evans’ keen ear for silences and how they add to tension and emotional connection in his music is on display everywhere here. One of the best examples of this would be Volume 3 opener “Elsa”, a track that shows this understanding of the power of silence beyond the shadow of a doubt.

But I think the most important thing you could say about Bill Evans is something he said about himself. In a 1970 interview in Finland, just two years before the incredible Live in Paris 1972 concert, Evans said the following:

“To say a certain kind of a thing, to try to show somebody something through music, even show myself something through music, … something that’s good, and something they feel maybe enriches their life a little bit, or makes them feel better as a person. … Jazz is a certain process that’s not an intellectual process. You use your intellect to take apart the materials and learn to understand them and learn to work with them. But actually it takes years and years and years of playing to develop the facility so that you can forget all of that, and just relax, and just play. … You play for yourself first and foremost, and I just don’t like to hear superfluous things, and I hope there aren’t too many elements that are superfluous in what I do. … I like to state things as clearly as I can, as concisely as I can, I don’t like to make people work hard to understand what I’m doing.”

Rest assured, Bill, we understand.


Track list Volume 3
Elsa 7:20
Detour Ahead 5:20
34 Skidoo 6:10
Alfie 5:00
Peri’s Scope 8:50
Blue’n Green 4:00
Emily 6:30
Who Can I Turn To 6:20
Some Other Time 4:45
Nardis 11:00
Waltz For Debby 6:00



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someone
September 23rd 2023


6323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

there he is, the big boi

Trifolium
September 23rd 2023


38549 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

DONE!



Thank you Bill and thank you gene 💖 for that snipe!!!



Part 1 (on Morell) here:

https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/87560/Bill-Evans-Live-In-Paris-1972-Vol-1/

Part 2 (on Gómez) here:

https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/87599/Bill-Evans-Live-In-Paris-1972-Vol-2/

Trifolium
September 25th 2023


38549 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Who else thinks Jade Visions is one of the most gorgeous things ever recorded?

https://youtu.be/wjFappIIyYw?si=WE7orRtSAxr0YQ1_



Off-topic, because other Bill Evans, but on-topic because Bill Evans.

someone
September 25th 2023


6323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it has some subtle haunting background that is unachievable with anything outside of minimalist jazz like that

Trifolium
September 25th 2023


38549 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah absolutely someone! So beautiful.



Maybe even more haunting because of Scott's passing eleven days later. Yet gorgeous in its own right.

nash1311
September 25th 2023


7744 Comments


Trif it makes me very happy you love jazz. BE is my favorite pianist but I surprisingly haven’t heard this. Should I listen in order or start with a particular volume?

Trifolium
September 25th 2023


38549 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yipppppeeeeeeeee nash!!!! It might be my fave genre ever to be honest, it's almost like food in a way.



They're one big complete set, these three volumes, so going from I to III makes most sense I'd say. All of it rules. If you can't find it give me a shout, I heard it's not on many streaming services...



Bill Evans forever 💕

nash1311
September 26th 2023


7744 Comments


Bill Evans forever!!!!

dedex
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2023


12699 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Trif you da best 💖

Trifolium
September 26th 2023


38549 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dedex 💚💖



Sputnik Jazz Squad represent!!!

nash1311
September 26th 2023


7744 Comments


Yes we need more of us lol. I’ve debated reviewing a shit ton of jazz just cause there isn’t enough reviews but I would not do it justice

Trifolium
September 26th 2023


38549 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

We definitely do need more of us. And more reviews!!!!!! So many golden jazz records are reviewless here, it's mind boggling.



Know that I would live in your threads if you ever decide to create them!

nash1311
September 27th 2023


7744 Comments


💘

Trifolium
September 29th 2023


38549 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh how glorious this is.



I think it has seriously been in the CD player for over three years now, with only some very short intermezzos. All the volumes that is.

MetalMarcJK
October 19th 2023


971 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I listened to these albums today in the morning while reorganizing and cleaning in the studio. I stopped quite a few times and just marveled at what Bill, Eddie, and Marty had played. These are incredible albums!

Trifolium
October 19th 2023


38549 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Omg yes Marc! They are incredibly wonderful. Listening to Vol 2 at the moment and hhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

MetalMarcJK
November 3rd 2023


971 Comments

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Listening to this right now. I don’t usually use my headphones, but tonight I am. I was reminded during Eddie’s bowed bass solo during “Elsa” that someone was playing with the panning: Eddie starts out in the right ear, gradually goes more into the left, and then his sound settles into both speakers. Makes me giggle.



Man, what an album!

Trifolium
November 3rd 2023


38549 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah absolutely. Love how these albums were so carefully recorded (fantastic quality!) and mixed and put together. Wonderful little joke, the Elsa moment hahaha.



Listening to Vol. 1 now, I could live in all three of them. So much to see and to hear and to feel.



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