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Bill Evans 1961-62

Pianist Bill Evans is featured this week, concentrating on his songs from late 1961 and early 1962, and later focusing on his return to the studio as a sideman.

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Bill Evans' recordings from 1961.

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature the music that pianist Bill Evans recorded in late 1961 and early 1962, following the death of his bassist Scott La Faro.

The two of them, along with drummer Paul Motian, had made recordings in the summer of 1961 that would eventually set the template for the sound of the modern piano-jazz trio.

Just a few days after those albums were taped at New York City’s Village Vanguard, La Faro died in a car crash. Evans was devastated and withdrew from recording and active playing for several months afterwards.

In the first hour we’ll have music from Dianne Reeves, Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau with Renee Fleming, Carmen McRae, Illinois Jacquet, and more.

In the second hour of Afterglow we’ll feature Evans’ return to the studio as a sideman with singer Mark Murphy, flutist Herbie Mann, pianist and composer Tadd Dameron, and vibraphonist Dave Pike, in addition to his work as a leader, on a solo session and the LPs Moonbeams and How My Heart Sings.

Music Heard On This Episode

When the Sun Comes Out
Jimmy Dorsey — Contrasts (GRP/Decca, 1941)
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When the Sun Comes Out
Jimmy Dorsey — Contrasts (GRP/Decca, 1941)

Notes: With Helen O'Connell on vocals.

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Black Velvet
Illinois Jacquet — Comp. Recordings 1945-1950 (Mosaic, 1949)

Notes: Written by Jacquet and Jimmy Mundy.

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So Rare
Ella Fitzgerald — Hello Love (Verve, 1957)
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Stairway to the Stars
Bill Evans/Jim Hall — Undercurrent (United Artists, 1962)
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We'll Be Together Again
Dianne Reeves — Jazz Vocalists Hear and Now (JAI/Concord, 2006)
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She's Funny That Way
Coleman Hawkins — Indispensable Coleman Hawkins (RCA, 1994)

Notes: With Thelma Carpenter on vocals.

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This Is Heaven to Me
Madeleine Peyroux — Careless Love (Rounder, 2004)
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A Child Is Born
Tony Bennett/Bill Evans — Together Again (Rhino, 1999)

Notes: Thad Jones/Alec Wilder song.

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A Song For You
Carmen McRae — The Great American Songbook (Atlantic, 1972)

Notes: Leon Russell song. With Joe Pass on guitar.

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L'Absent
Lee Konitz — Plays French Impressionist Music From the 20th Century (Palmetto, 2000)

Notes: A Gabriel Faure composition.

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Love Sublime
Brad Mehldau/Renee Fleming — Love Sublime (Nonesuch, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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I Love You
Herbie Mann/Bill Evans — The Evolution of Mann (Rhino, 1994)
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My Favorite Things
Mark Murphy — Rah! (Riverside, 1961)

Notes: With Bill Evans on piano.

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Gymnopedie
Herbie Mann/Bill Evans — The Evolution of Mann (Rhino, 1994)

Notes: Erik Satie composition.

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Why Not
Dave Pike — Pike's Peak (CBS/Portrait, 1962)

Notes: With Bill Evans on piano.

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Our Delight
Tadd Dameron — The Magic Touch (Riverside, 1962)

Notes: With Bill Evans on piano.

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Danny Boy
Bill Evans — Time Remembered (Milestone, 1963)
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Like Someone in Love
Bill Evans — Time Remembered (Milestone, 1963)
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How My Heart Sings
Bill Evans — How My Heart Sings! (Ojc, 1962)
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Everything I Love
Bill Evans — How My Heart Sings! (Ojc, 1962)
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Re: Person I Knew
Bill Evans — Moonbeams (Ojc, 1962)

Notes: Evans composition.

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Very Early
Bill Evans — Moonbeams (Ojc, 1962)

Notes: Bill Evans composition.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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