My favorite years for Bill Evans
were 1965 and '66. There's a maturity, elegance and confidence in his playing that reached a peak then, as well as an innocence and humility that makes the music endearing. Songs were chosen well and explored with swinging depth at each playing. Yesterday I came across three new Bill Evans videos from this period at YouTube that you may have missed, with Danish drummer Alex Riel
on two of them...Here's
Evans in 1965 playing Detour Ahead in Belgium with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen on bass and Alan Dawson on drums... Here's
Evans, Eddie Gomez and Riel at their flawless best taping what appears to be a Scandinavian TV special... Here's
Evans, Gomez and Riel at the Oslo Munch Museum in October 1966...
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