Blog Posts - Bill Evans



Guitar and Barre Technique

One unique technique you want to master in playing guiar is barre technique. With barre technique you press down multiple strings across a single fret with one or more fingers. It is unavoidable for the use of barre technique to influence tone qualit...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 8, 2015

“God” of Jazz Piano

One of the classic jazz giants, Art Tatum was often called “God” of jazz piano due to amazing speed and precision of his finger movement. There is an episode that Oscar Peterson heard Art Tatum’s recording of Tiger Rag for the first...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 7, 2015

Bird in Motion Picture

Despite his great presence in the history of jazz, there are only a couple of motion pictures showing Charlie Parker performing saxophone due to his untimely demise. Classic Jazz Giants site introduces one of such rare motion pictures of Charlie Park...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 6, 2015

Playing Pianissimo and Fortissimo

Each piano jazz giant has his unique rendition of songs, and employs the tones best suits his rendition. Bill Evans plays most of the songs with tones between mezzo forte and pisnnisimo but rarely plays with fortissimo. Oscar Peterson fully utilizes...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 6, 2015

Listening to Jazz with Analytical Mind

Listening to the recordings by classic jazz giants itself is still entertaining without any background knowledge about the structure of the songs. With such knowledge, however, you can appreciate the same recordings ten times and more. Followings are...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 5, 2015

Guitar and Picking Methods

There are various ways to sound a guitar string. Guitar jazz giants introduced at Classic Jazz Giants site have different picking styles. Jim Hall used a guitar pick. Joe Pass used four fingers. Wes Montgomery used thumb. Guitar pick is a small flat...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 4, 2015

Jazz and Music Rest

You might have seen piano jazz giants laying sheet music on the piano without using music rest while playing with other musicians. Intuitively it seems easier to read sheet music and play using music rest. Why did piano jazz giants play without musi...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 3, 2015

Illusion of 88 Keys

Lower pitched notes implicate heavier objects to many people. Many novice pianists are preoccupied with an idea that keys generating lower pitched notes are heavier than the rest of the keys. Since keys generating lower pitched notes are played by th...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 2, 2015

Jazz and Bach

It might be a well known story that piano jazz giants such as Bud Powell and Bill Evans studied Johann Sebastian Bach intensively. Why did piano jazz giants study Bach? The answer lies in the fact that Bach’s compositions emphasize interactions...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Oct 31, 2015

Miles Davis and Mute

Classic Jazz Giants site introduces performances by Miles Davis using muted trumpet. The mute allowed Davis play the trumpet the way he spoke. Davis himself allegedly mentioned that he could focus on tunes better in a “quiet environment”...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Oct 31, 2015

Bill Evans & Soulgrass Band – Teatro Lope de Vega 13/05/2014 “Dragonfly Tour”

Bill Evans y su banda "Soulgrass" nos visitaron el pasado mes de mayo y nos dejaron uno de esos conciertos para grabarlos a fuego en tu mente. Sigue leyendo →...
by nuestrooceano on Aug 1, 2014

Bill Evans & Soulgrass Band – Teatro Lope de Vega 13/05/2014 “Dragonfly Tour”

Bill Evans y su banda "Soulgrass" nos visitaron el pasado mes de mayo y nos dejaron uno de esos conciertos para grabarlos a fuego en tu mente. Sigue leyendo →...
by nuestrooceano on Aug 1, 2014

Pamela Hines – 3.2.1. (2013)

It’s almost like a rite of passage for every jazz pianist worth his salt to make a Bill Evans tribute record. Her salt, too. Pamela Hines was more than ready for her own thesis on this greatly influential figure of both jazz and piano, which is...
by Something Else Reviews on Jan 22, 2013

The perfectly out of tune piano

This post could entirely be a result of my infatuation with the record player I got for Christmas but I must say in the beginning to Kind of Blue (the one record I own at the moment) Bill Evans is … Continue reading →The post The perfectl...
by Love, Music, and Life on Dec 28, 2012

New Music Monday: Rush, Tom Tom Club, Motorhead, Eric Clapton, Rainbow, Bill Evans

A pair of lavish reissues arrive just in time for the Christmas buying season, one a classic Eric Clapton release — maybe his very best — and the other a signature effort from Rush, only days after their induction into a certain hall of f...
by Something Else Reviews on Dec 17, 2012

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2012: Live Albums and Reissues

Live albums and reissues give us a chance to take stock, be that in reevaluating something you once hated and/or missed — or, even more rewardingly, gaining fresh perspective on songs you thought you knew by heart. 2012 offered many such opport...
by Something Else Reviews on Dec 9, 2012

Halloween 2012 post mortem (5 Comments)

My first try at “arty” pumpkin carving. It was supposed to be Bill Evans but I don’t think it looks like him. On account of the lower half of his face the likeness was compromised... New comic available! Please visit the site to se...
by Tix Comix on Nov 1, 2012

Halloween 2012 post mortem (3 Comments)

My first try at “arty” pumpkin carving. It was supposed to be Bill Evans but I don’t think it looks like him. On account of the lower half of his face the likeness was compromised... New comic available! Please visit the site to se...
by Tix Comix on Nov 1, 2012

Halloween 2012 post mortem (No Comments)

My first try at “arty” pumpkin carving. It was supposed to be Bill Evans but I don’t think it looks like him. On account of the lower half of his face the likeness was compromised... New comic available! Please visit the site to se...
by Tix Comix on Nov 1, 2012

Desert Island Discs: Live Album Edition

Only perhaps on this site could we query folks for Desert Island Live Discs, and find a six-way tie among the responses between the Who, Bill Evans, Little Feat, Kiss, Warren Zevon and the Talking Heads. MORE DESERT ISLAND FUN! > The Who and Evans, o...
by Something Else Reviews on Jul 31, 2012


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