Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings

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Yale University Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 346 pages
Universally acknowledged as one of the most influential of all jazz pianists. Bill Evans (1929-1980) brought an unequaled finesse of touch to the keyboard. Classically trained on flute, violin, and piano, Evans chose jazz - specifically, the jazz piano trio - as the medium for his life's achievement. Peter Pettinger's biography tells Evans's story for the first time. Based on extensive research and conversations with many of Evans's friends and colleagues, as well as Pettinger's firsthand memories of performances at the Village Vanguard in New York and Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London, it describes the life, the musicmaking, and the legacy of this major American jazz artist. Pettinger assesses Evans's recordings and analyzes his expressive technique, tone production, approach to group playing, and compositional methods. With a full discography and dozens of photographs, the volume will be welcomed by jazz fans and general readers alike.
 

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Pettinger, a concert pianist, offers a sympathetic biography of the seminal jazz pianist/composer Bill Evans (1929-80). Pettinger carefully explains the pianist's merging of classical structure with ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
The Kid from Plainfield
9
Swing Pianist
20
New Jazz Conceptions
31
Sideman
39
A Call from Miles
51
Everybody Digs Bill Evans
65
Miles Calls Back
74
u Conversations with Myself
131
An American in Europe
145
A Simple Matter of Conviction
167
i Quiet Now
182
Living Time
198
Youve Been a Fine Audience
213
You Must Believe in Spring
229
Reflections in D
249

Portrait in Jazz
86
Explorations
97
Sunday at the Village Vanguard
107
u Moonbeams
119
Notes
287
Index
337
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Peter Pettinger was a concert pianist for more than twenty-five years.

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