Bill Evans’ ‘Portrait in Jazz’

Bill Evans‘ ‘Portrait in Jazz’ is an album recorded on December 28, 1959 with Paul Motian and Scott LaFaro and released in 1960 by Riverside.

Track Listing : 1.Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 03:24 . 2.Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert, Johnny Mercer) – 6:00 . 3.Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh) – 04:37 . 4.When I Fall In Love (Victor Young, Edward Heyman) – 04:57 . 5.Peri’S Scope (Bill Evans) – 03:15 . 6.What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter) – 04:36 . 7.Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 05:09 . 8.Some Day My Prince Will Come (Frank Churchill, Larry Morey) – 04:57 . 9.Blue In Green (Miles Davis, Bill Evans) – 05:25

Musicians : Scott Lafaro – Bass . Paul Motian – Drums

Production : Produced By Orrin Keepnews . Jack Higgins – Engineer . George Horn – Mastering . Shigeo Miyamoto – Mastering Engineer . Alan Yoshida – Mastering

Package : Paul Bacon – Cover Design . Ken Braren – Cover Design . Orrin Keepnews – Liner Notes . Harris Lewine – Cover Design . Lawrence Shustak – Photography . Melvin Sokolsky – Photography

Recorded On December 28, 1959 At Reeves Sound Studios, New York City.

Released 1960 By Riverside.

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100 Greatest Jazz Albums
Bill Evans‘ chord voicings, adapted from Debussy and the impressionist composers, leave space that Scott LaFaro expertly and expressively fills. Bill Evans‘ own “Peri’s Scope”and the Cole Porter standard “What Is This Thing Called Love” are stand out tracks from this point of view. Paul Motian‘s drumming is nicely in balance throughout. Overall, this is an almost perfect jazz trio album […]

All About Jazz
Recorded at the end of 1959, it seemed to Evans that he had found his ultimate trio, with a bassist that could play with an equal level of technique and imagination as the leader and his drummer, Motian, who had already been playing with the pianist for a number of years. […]

Blogcritics
Regardless, “Blue In Green” is transcendent in its depth and beauty and even though two other takes are appended to this collection at the end, I can’t get enough versions of this song. […]

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