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Jazz - Released June 3, 2016 | Epic - Legacy

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Jazz - Released October 27, 2017 | Resurfaced Records

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Jazz - Released October 27, 2017 | MPS

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Bill Evans’ enormous discography is so big that some of his albums fall too quickly into the oblivion. Published in 1974 by the German label MPS, Symbiosis is one of his overlooked albums for you to rediscover without delay! Recorded in the CBS studio on the 30th road of New York on the 11th, 12th and 14th of February 1974, he is reminiscent of the pianists interest for classical and Third Stream music, this current that oozed out the brain of Gunther Schuller synthesizing classical western music and jazz. Composed by Claus Ogerman who Evans had hired in 1965 for his album Bill Evans Trio With Symphony Orchestra, this concert work for the jazz trio and symphony orchestra mixes both written and improvised passages. We find both tonal and serial writing throughout this recording, giving a result that would make Glenn Gould go on to say, in one of his radio emissions, that Symbiosis is a "remarkable and marvelous" work. Gould would later add that Ogerman has an "astonishing harmonic inventiveness" but concerning Bill Evans, there are "too many contradictions between the improvised parts, or supposedly improvised, from someone as gifted as Bill Evans and the very sophisticated well-structured scaffolding implemented by Ogerman". Surrounded by his disciples Eddie Gomez on the double bass and Marty Morell on the drums, Bill Evans is far from being as uninspired as his fellow Canadian. His singular approach, out of this world even, surely baffled more than a few people in the past. But, with the help of time, we are still amazed by the beauty and the intelligence of the changes of rhythms and colours. And by the work itself. © MD / Qobuz

Jazz - Released March 25, 2017 | Jazz Masters

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Jazz - Released November 1, 1962 | Verve Reissues

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1971 | Columbia

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Jazz - Released June 3, 2016 | Columbia - Legacy

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Contemporary Jazz - Released November 26, 1979 | Craft Recordings

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Contemporary Jazz - Released January 1, 1989 | Craft Recordings

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Contemporary Jazz - Released January 11, 2019 | Craft Recordings

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Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released May 20, 2008 | Rhino - Elektra

Although this is thought of as saxophonist Bill Evans' debut as a leader, a 1982 Japanese session (later reissued on Evidence) actually precedes it by a year. Evans (on tenor, soprano, flute and synth) teams up with keyboardist Mitch Forman, bassist Mark Egan, drummer Adam Nussbaum (Danny Gottlieb takes his place on one song) and percussionist Manolo Badrena for a set of his funky originals, excellent crossover music for 1983 although it sounds a touch dated today. The performances on this out of print LP have yet to be reissued on CD. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released March 4, 1985 | Verve

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This collaboration (reissued on CD) is predictably dull. Bill Evans and his 1965 trio (which also includes bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Larry Bunker) meet a symphony orchestra conducted and arranged by Claus Ogerman. They perform adaptations of six classical themes plus a pair of Evans compositions ("Time Remembered" and "My Bells") but, as one might expect, the strings weigh down the music and Evans' improvisations are somewhat buried beneath the unimaginative arrangements. This is one of Bill Evans' least significant recordings, a weak third stream effort. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1975 | Fantasy Records

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Pop - Released January 1, 2004 | Concord Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2014 | Verve Reissues

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Jazz - Released December 1, 1967 | Verve

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Jazz - Released June 21, 2019 | Resonance Records

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Contemporary Jazz - Released February 2, 1981 | Craft Recordings

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Contemporary Jazz - Released November 15, 2010 | Craft Recordings