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Bill Evans: Everything Happens to Me-A Musical Biographyby Keith Shadwick
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One of the giants of modern jazz piano, Bill Evans emerged on the New York jazz scene in 1956 and by 1958 had joined the Miles Davis Sextet. This brief but brilliant association culminated in the 1959 recording Kind of Blue. Containing two Evans compositions, this landmark album is considered the classic example of modal improvisation and its harmonic extensions. Evanss emotive approach to jazz was powerful yet elegant, with hushed tones, subtle pedaling, and understated dynamics. This book chronicles his entire performing and recording career. Readers discover his early work, the triumphant trio with Paul Motian and Scott LaFaro that ended tragically, restless experiments that bucked musical trends, and more through his drug-related death in 1980 at age 51. With over 100 color and black-and-white photos.
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Bill Evans (1929-1980) played a major role in the history of modern jazz. This biography is a detailed examination of the pianist's career, describing his work in key jazz trios, his festival and concert appearances, and recording sessions, and looking at his relationships with various record labels. B&w and color photos are included. Shadwick, a musician, has been writing and broadcasting about music for 25 years.
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Bill Evans was the pianist on Miles Davis's classic Kind of Blue album and a key figure in the development of modern jazz plano. This new book details his wide-ranging and absorbing career, from freelance work in the 1950s, through his ground-breaking trios and solo records, to the intense final phase before his death in 1980.
A Grammy winner and pioneer of multi-track jazz recording, Bill Evans was the pianist on Miles Davis' classic Kind of Blue album and a key figure in the development of modern jazz piano. This new Backbeat book details his wide-ranging and absorbing career, from freelance work in the 1950s, through his groundbreaking trios and solo releases, to his relationships with various record labels, to the intense final phase before his death in 1980. Printed on top-quality stock, the book includes fantastic full-page photos throughout, and a special color section.
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