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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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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.

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