Bill Evans – Portrait in Jazz (1959)
As I’ve mentioned before, Jazz is, at least to me, the most powerful and emotion genre of music. And one of the best jazz musicians was Bill Evans. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential pianists of all time. His 1959 album, Portrait in Jazz is one of the finest records ever made.
Recorded shortly after Evans’s groundbreaking work on the Miles Davis classic, Kind of Blue, it is simply a beautiful and swingin’ album. Unlike many jazz trio’s, the bass is mixed high so that it shares the spotlight with the piano and the interplay between bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian make for some very complex and intriguing passages. I would recommend this album to anyone, longtime jazz fans and beginners as well.