25 thoughts on “Portrait In Jazz – Bill Evans Trio

  1. Gregory DeGroat

    Little comment necessary. Bill Evans with a 22-year old Scott LaFaro and
    Paul Motian on drums. One of the most beautiful jazz trio albums ever
    recorded; Evans at the height of his early powers, swinging deeply, then
    Lafaro completely intertwined with him, revolutionizing the role and
    breadth of the bass in music. Bill plays standards as if they are his own
    personal songs, as if he is sharing an idea he just discovered that
    morning. His sense of harmony is already more advanced than, Bud Powell
    respectfully aside, perhaps any jazz piano playing ever previously
    recorded. He reels off long, teasing, complex single-note lines at will,
    sprinkling tasteful, suspenseful space all across every piece. He is able
    to create extraordinary harmonic tension within small harmonic ranges, able
    to lean on chromatic patterns without ever sounding mathematic or overly
    cerebral. Breathtaking phrasing explodes at every tempo. LaFaro & Motian
    are impeccably fluid, and the songs flows effortlessly. An astounding album
    recorded during the pinnacle of the ’55-’63 jazz renaissance that occurred
    in the Western Hemisphere.
    Highest rating possible?

  2. Smood47

    YES! Finally found what I call real Jazz. So tired of all this modern ‘pop’
    Jazz that is devoid of a double bass! I love Jazz trios or quartets. I love
    music thats similar to Brubek’s Take Five… that to me is true Jazz.
    Everything else sucks.?

  3. Arne Thorbjoernsen

    BILL EVANS TRIO – Portrait In Jazz (1959)

    Bill Evans – Piano
    Scott LaFaro – Bass
    Paul Motian – Drums

    1 Come Rain Or Come Shine 3:21

    2 Autumn Leaves [Take 1] 5:56
    3 Autumn Leaves [Take 2] 5:22
    4 Witchcraft 4:33
    5 When I Fall In Love 4:54
    6 Peri’s Scope 3:13
    7 What Is This Thing Called Love? 4:33
    8 Spring Is Here 5:05
    9 Someday My Prince Will Come 4:53
    10 Blue In Green [Take 3] 5:21
    11 Blue In Green [Take 2] 4:25

    Review by Scott Yanow
    The first of two studio albums by the Bill Evans-Scott LaFaro-Paul Motian
    trio (both of which preceded their famous engagement at the Village
    Vanguard), this Portrait in Jazz reissue contains some wondrous interplay,
    particularly between pianist Evans and bassist LaFaro, on the two versions
    of “Autumn Leaves.” Other than introducing Evans’ “Peri’s Scope,” the music
    is comprised of standards, but the influential interpretations were far
    from routine or predictable at the time. LaFaro and Motian were nearly
    equal partners with the pianist in the ensembles and their versions of such
    tunes as “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “When I Fall in Love,” and “Someday My
    Prince Will Come” (which preceded Miles Davis’ famous recording by a couple
    years) are full of subtle and surprising creativity. A gem.?

  4. Red Wine

    “To the person who uses music as a medium for the expression of ideas,
    feelings, images, or what have you; anything which facilitates this
    expression is properly his instrument.”?

  5. MrMittenshasatophat

    This music is so chill, really puts me at ease and makes me appreciate
    things that I never think about. Just enjoy life when listening to this,
    the simple things.?

  6. Pete canniff

    His brilliance is undeniable, I feel Monk took the melody to the brink,
    almost to absurd levels, but without Evans, probably wouldn’t have been
    possible. :)?

  7. William Booth

    There’s just nothing i can think of in “Classic Jazz”…that is “Sweeter”
    than a Bill Evens Trio session. ..thks for including this..?

  8. Mario Porto Santos

    uma das melhores perfomances do Bill Evans, que com o Scott Lafaro fazem um
    som maravilhoso, como faz bem para a alma?

  9. Stewart Isbister

    Gotta love Scott quoting Bill’s lines from Autumn Leaves take one, while
    they’re trading on take two. Rip both them, such truly amazing


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