Sunday, July 12, 2009
No one interpreted the standards with more sensitivity and lyricism than Bill Evans, one of the most influential pianists in jazz history. He played on Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue" (1959), the best-selling jazz album of all time; Davis wrote in his autobiography, "Bill had this quiet fire that I loved on piano. The way he approached it, the sound he got was like crystal notes or sparkling water cascading down from some clear waterfall." Above, Evans performs the Davis composition "Nardis" in London, 1965. Evans' body is characteristically bent over the keyboard in rapt concentration. Complimenting Evans' quiet, introspective fire are Chuck Israels on bass and Larry Bunker on drums.