"Everybody Digs Bill Evans" releases on analog vinyl EP (Extended Playing Record)
"Everybody Digs Bill Evans" (1958), was his second album for Riverside as a leader. It was a trio date, recorded with Sam Jones on bass and Philly Joe Jones
on drums. Indeed, everybody digs Bill Evans, as approved by the statements of Miles Davis, George Shearing and Cannonball Adderley on the cover.
The album was released after an exhausted touring periode with the Miles Davis Sextet.
Apparently still influenced by Bud Powell, his playing has not the later sound of the classic "first trio" line-up with Paul Motian and
Scott LaFaro during the celebrated Village Vanguard sessions. The album has a songlist with varied tempos, rhythms and programming. For a couple of numbers
Evans had the space to himself with as highlight "Peace Piece". This modest and ultimately quiet "Peace Piece," is a timeless, meditational, reverent,
pastoral improvisation that is more a mood than a composition. In 1958 Riverside released also 2 EP's from the full album. EP means Extended Playing Record, a term from the days of vinyl recording like LP as a Long Playing Record. An EP or 45-rpm record is 7” in diameter, typically has one or two songs per side with maybe 20 minutes of music. The EP "Peace Piece" had two tracks: ”Peace Piece,” one of the most popular recordings of Evans' career and "Young and Foolish". The other EP "Minority" had three tracks: "Minority", Lucky to be me" and "Tenderly". The album has been 20 or 24-bit digitally remastered from the master tape several times, like the reissues in the Orrin Keepnews Collection and as an audiophile extended resolution compact disc (XRCD) by JVC.
(Click on thumbnails to enlarge covers).
"Letter To Evan" manuscript
The first bar of the authentic manuscript of the score of "Letter To Evan" with lyrics and music by Bill Evans, dedicated as a musical love note to his son Evan for his 4th birthday. The score has been published in 1980 in the French jazz magazine "Le Jazzophone" combined with an interview with the late Francis Paudras, a friend of Bill Evans and Bud Powell. In 1979 he performed it for the first time in L'Espace Cardin in Paris with Marc Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums. The concert was released by Electra Musician as "The Paris Concert, edition two":