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Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival



Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival is a 1968 album by the American jazz pianist Bill Evans, recorded live at that year's Montreux Jazz Festival. The trio's performance on this album won them the 1969 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group.

Reception



Writing for Allmusic, music critic Rovi Staff wrote the album "marks the beginning of stylistic changes for the legendary pianist. Only one year earlier, his At Town Hall release found his approach generally more introspective and brooding. In contrast, this set is more lively, playful, and experimental... He experiments more with harmonic dissonance and striking rhythmical contrasts, making this his most extroverted playing since his freshman release, New Jazz Conceptions."

Track listing

#"Spoken Introduction" – 0:57 #"One for Helen" (Bill Evans) – 4:22 #"A Sleepin' Bee" (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote) – 6:05 #"Mother of Earl" (Earl Zindars) – 5:14 #"Nardis" (Miles Davis) – 8:23 #"Quiet Now" (Denny Zeitlin) – 6:26 #"I Loves You, Porgy" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 6:00 #"The Touch of Your Lips" (Ray Noble) – 4:45 #"Embraceable You" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) – 6:45 #"Some Day My Prince Will Come" (Frank Churchill, Larry Morey) – 6:08 #"Walkin' Up" (Evans) – 3:34

Personnel

  • Bill Evans - piano
  • Eddie Gómez - double bass
  • Jack DeJohnette - drums

    Discography