A more liquid, melodic Touch to this CD. Evans is noted for his own style of melody and he, once again, comes through on Touch. Unmatched tenor and soprano playing. An extremely lyrical CD with people like Wallace Roney, Lee Ritenour, etc. adding great personality to the music. It still contains some of the classic “rhythm and groove” that Evans is known for. The Evans song “Dixie Hop” is a favorite and almost standard among contemporary jazz groups today. Vinnie Colaiuta once again shows people why he is considered one of the best drummers in the world.
Starfish and the Moon (1997)
Eminently listenable but bubbling with cool moods and grooves, this acoustic project finds Evans soaring on soprano and tenor, slippery and slinky due to some effective slide guitar work paired with a simple folklike melody. “Something in the Rose,” an Evans original, conjures an ancient atmosphere. “Whiskey Talk” and “Red Dog” provide funky relief, both vehicles for the leader’s gutsy tenor tendencies. The remaining material is equally consistent, with happening grooves and measured but dynamic improvisations. A fantastic combination of “rhythm and groove.” Truly a gem.
Bill Evans fuses jazz and hip-hop on this disc in a way that doesn’t short-change the jazz half of the equation. Evan’s rich, warm tone weaves a seductive spell throughout, supported by Jim Beard’s keyboards, Lee Ritenour’s guitar, Steve Ferrone’s drumming, and the basses of Marcus Miller, Victor Bailey, and Mark Egan, among others. With this, his best studio recording yet, Bill’s well on the way to becoming as significant an artist as his piano-playing namesake. Still a favorite of many of Evans’ ardent fans. Timeless. You can’t stop listening to this.
Bill Evans & Push: Live in Europe (1995)
This is the follow up live CD to the ground breaking Push. Evans was touring 200 days a year with this band and it shows. It’s a tight unit; funk, jazz and grooves like no other. He uses a rapper like another instrument in the band. Manolo Badrena (from classic Weather Report) adds some insane vocalizations as well as burning percussion. Do you like that “live” feel? Buy this!
An explosive, ground-breaking combination of hip-hop, funk and jazz. When most were stepping back, this CD did nothing but forge ahead. Great songs and grooves; you won’t stop listening. A stellar cast of musicians; Bruce Hornsby plays some classic piano. Produced by Evans, Philippe Saisse and Michael Colina.
The Gambler – Live at Blue Note Tokyo, Vol. 2 (1991)
Recorded live at the Blue Note once again – with Richie Morales on drums and Victor Bailey on bass – Evans toured with this band for a short period and the unit is very tight. Great playing throughout: the songs are solid, groove hard and withstand the test of time.
Let the Juice Loose – Live at Blue Note Tokyo, Vol. 1 (1990)
This CD is still a favorite among fusion fans. Dennis Chambers and Darryl Jones provide a groove that to this day is hard to resist. Recorded live at the Blue Note Tokyo, they spent a week playing and recording this CD. Evans is burning on the saxophone throughout the entire CD. Totally off the hook! Funk/jazz at its best!
A one-off for Evans on a small Japanese label, recorded live in the studio in one day. Summertime is a collection of six of Bill Evans (sax) jazz-rock original compositions and five jazz standards. “Summertime” is a showcase for Evans (sax). He reaches deep down to cajole every ounce of emotion from his horn as Goldstein, Loeb, Gottlieb and Johnson provide solid support.
The Alternative Man (1986)
This is Evans’ second recording, a harder-edged CD filled with a lot of surprising and rhythmic innuendoes. Evans is again showing his style on the saxophone to be unique and expressive beyond his years. John McLaughlin’s guest appearance on “Flight of the Falcon” shines. There are some great songs written by Evans for this CD played by some of the best musicians in the world.
Living in the Crest of a Wave (1984)
After Evans four year tenure with Miles Davis, he recorded his first solo recording in 1984. Melodic and reminiscent of someone ready to forge his own path. His distinctive soprano style is beginning to emerge here. This is an expressive and impressive debut to a career that would grow and grow in the years to come. With rhythm ace Adam Nussbaum and bassist Mark Egan, the album still remains a favorite for long time Evans fans.
Moods Unlimited (1982)
One of the first recordings Evans made, while still playing with Miles Davis. Recorded live in 1982 at the classic Penthouse Recording Studio on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. They showed up, called some tunes and recorded a record. Evans was 24 at the time. Hank Jones and Evans really team up on “In a Sentimental Mood.” This CD shows Evans’ roots as a bona fide jazz musician who can play anything. All the musicians shine – jazz at its best. Bass, piano and saxophone.
As a Sideman
1981 – We Want Miles w/ Miles Davis
1981 – The Man With The Horn w/ Miles Davis
1982 – Star People w/ Miles Davis
1983 – Decoy w/ Miles Davis
1984 – Mahavishnu w/ John Mclaughlin
1986 – Adventures In Radioland w/ John Mclaughlin
1987 – Forward Motion w/ Elements
1988 – Elements w/ Elements
1989 – Spirit River w/ Elements
1990 – Primitive Cool w/ Mick Jagger
1997 – Alive In L.A. w/ Lee Ritnour
1998 – This Is Love w/ Lee Ritnour
1998 – West Side Story w/ Dave Grusin
2005 – Soul Bop Band w/ Randy Brecker
Bill has also recorded with: Michael Franks, Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn, Ron Carter, Mark Egan, Danny Gottlieb, Trilok Gurtu, among many others.