Sunday, July 12, 2009

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Bill Evans Trio Performs "Nardis," 1965

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.

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absolute one said...


Internal strength entwined fragile beauty

The iron fist in the velvet glove

Bill’s left hand heavy with the frustration of fitting in

Drops onto smooth ivory

Ancient remains of elephants passing through

Alone at the Vanguard, last set of the night. Bill’s trio on the bandstand and me squeezed into the bench against the wall of the room. Bill closes the set tonight with an extended version of Nardis, his seven minute solo intro a distorted exploration of the Miles Davis tune he has been revisiting for 20 years now.

No one recognizes the melody;....

(excerpt from Laurie Verchomin's book about Bill Evans)