Complete Tony Bennett Bill Evans Recording - New!
Bill Evans of course is known for the distinction of having been the only white guy in Miles Davis’ sextet and for his contributions to the highly acclaimed Kind of Blue album. Evans’ barely-there but sensitive, highly intelligent piano work (he often drew from the canon of classical composers for his source and inspiration) as well as an supernatural ability to improvise intuitively with other musicians made him a charismatic and respected musician. Sadly, like many other jazz musicians, Bill Evans personal life would be destroyed by ongoing drug addiction and he passed away in 1980.
Everyone knows Tony Bennett and even though he has become something of a lounge-lizard icon in recent years, it’s important to remember how coolly innovative and cutting-edge he really was when he first gained recognition in the early fifties. And let’s not forget that I Left My Heart in San Francisco held its own in the charts for nearly an entire year. Fast forward to 2008 when Bennett released a superb, swinging Christmas album A Swingin’ Christmas with the Count Basie Big Band – and hey, by the way, the guy is over 80 years old. Clearly, doing what you love – and doing it well – is good for the heart.
Check out the playlist below and sample a few to catch the vibe!
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