Bill Evans and Jazz Music Analytical Essay by Jolleen

Bill Evans and Jazz Music
This paper focuses on the cross-cultural aspects of Bill Evans' life and music.
# 103543 | 5,062 words | 30 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on May 19, 2008 in Music Studies (Blues, Jazz)

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The paper examines Bill Evans' life and career, musical influences, and a sampling of his compositions and performances that show strong cross-cultural elements. The paper analyzes three of his most cross-cultural albums; "Symbiosis", "Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra" and "From Left to Right". The paper concludes that more research should be done on this aspect of Evans' music, as knowing the cross-cultural influences can help us grasp the complexities and beauty of his style.

Bill Evans' Life and Early Career
Bill Evans' Cross-Cultural Influences
Three Cross-Cultural Albums

From the Paper:

"Without question, Bill Evans is one of the greatest musicians of all time. He has been called a "poet of the piano" because of the incredible sensitivity and lyricism he brought to jazz piano playing, and also because of the complexity, richness, and sophistication he brought to jazz harmonies . During his twenty-five year career in the post-bop era, spanning from 1955-1980, he recorded over seventy albums, both as a sideman for other artists and as a leader of his own ensembles. Bill Evans' music touched fans from all over the world because he played on extensive concert tours, both within the United States and abroad. He also received accolades from critics and the public alike, winning the Down Beat Critic's Poll five times, six Grammy awards for his albums, the Melody Maker award in 1968, and Scandinavia's Edison Award and Japan's Swing Journal award in 1969."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ake, David. "Body and Soul: Performing Deep Jazz." In Jazz Cultures, by David Ake, 83-102. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
  • Berardinelli, Paula. Bill Evans: His Contributions as a Jazz Pianist and an Analysis of his Music Style. PhD Dissertation, New York: New York University, 1992.
  • Bill Evans Piano Academy. Home. (accessed March 8, 2008).
  • Bill Evans Trio. Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra. Cond. Claus Ogerman. 1965.
  • Bill Evans Trio. Everybody Digs Bill Evans. 1958.

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