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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this classic Jazz album. Portrait In Jazz, Bill Evans' third album as a leader, was his first LP with the talented bassist Scott LaFaro. Bonus tracks include a complete radio broadcast from Birdland featuring the same trio (recorded four months after the studio album), and the original version of 'Blue In Green', recorded by Bill Evans with Miles Davis for the classic album Kind of Blue. Poll Winners. 2010.
Lyric and thoughtful, pianist Bill Evans proved an urbane bridge between the early bop style of Bud Powell and playful funk of Horace Silver, and the later, modern approach of pianists like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett (indeed, Jarrett went as far as to record with Evans's backup band of drummer Paul Motian and bassist Gary Peacock). Evans's second album as a leader, Portrait in Jazz combines a pair of originals--"Blue in Green" and "Peri's Scope"--with a handful of show tunes and standards, including a version of "Someday My Prince Will Come" that pre-dates Miles Davis's adaptation. With a preference for irregular phrasing and a taste for unusual chord spellings, Evans was frequently able to recast old chestnuts and tired warhorses into new gems and spirited charges, as he does here with "Witchcraft," "Spring Is Here," and "When I Fall in Love." And although he recorded in many different formats throughout his career, including duets with himself, the power and beauty of Evans's trios helped him lay a special claim to that grouping. --Fred Goodman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Part of its appeal is also the excellent choice of material, but much of the interest lies in what Evans in particular does with it. Often this is mainly a matter of the unusual chord voicings and adjustments of rhythm and phrasing he gives to a familiar tune, which open up wider harmonic and rhythmic perspectives for improvising.Read more ›
In regards to the album in general: while it may not be the best of Bill Evans on Riverside ("Explorations" and The Village Vanguard discs may collectively hold that title) it is by no means an album to be missed. It represents the first release by this famous trio (Evans, Scott LaFaro, Motian) and contains fine music.
Regarding the comments about Motian (whom our critic doesn't even identify by name), I could, and will, mention that his playing on this album is IMHO an important part of the trio's sound. He is a sensitive and tasteful player who was with Evans for some of his (Evans') finest music. However, rather than offer my opinion to support my argument, I'll simply appeal to authority, namely Evans himself. Evans chose to play with Motian from this album until the end of his time with Riverside (excluding the wonderful "Shelly's Manne-Hole" disc) and to state that Motian "... ain't nothing but a sad drummer." who "...destroyed Evans' music." is to imply that Evans was not an astute enough critic to recognize this destruction and thus maintained an ongoing relationship with a "sad" drummer throughout some of the most important years of his (Evans') career.
But enough said about our friend from WA. This disc has much to recommend it (as does any of Evans' work on Riverside): tasteful playing, great song selection, wonderful interplay, a taste of things to come (with the trio).
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Portrait in Jazz is a must-have early masterpiece of the Evans/LaFaro/Motian trio, and I have the vinyl LP as well as this CD. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lee Johnson
As I understand it, this was the first of Evans' trio work with Lafaro on bass, & Motian on drums. Somewhere I read that the trio setting was Evans' favorite. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2010 by Jerlaw
...after Newport and "Kind of Blue" whose his spare, minimalist instrumentation left you wanting more. And here you get more -- and less. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2002 by H. Walters
This is the first of many great albums by this fabulous artist. That is probably what's so amazing about it. It has a very "finished" feel to it. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2002
This is the swingest album from Bill Evans, and the texture Bill Play here are very clasical,,I rated this album more 10 stars actually.Published on Sept. 24 2002 by Rizki Sewaka
The performances here are great, but I'm deducting two stars for the "bonus tracks". If a record company feels guilty that a CD will hold more music, it should reduce the price of... Read morePublished on April 17 2002 by Joseph
Contrary to the views of some Evans' devotees, not all of his recordings are uniformly excellent. Much of the material from the middle of his career, especially, suffers from a... Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2001 by Samuel Chell
If you are having any doubts about buying this cd, put your mind to rest and just buy it. It is the best trio cd in the world. Read morePublished on March 15 2001
Much has been written about the Bill Evan's genius, and this album is an early document of it.
His interpretations of standards are superb, always (like Ella Fitzgerald)... Read more