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Video: Bill Evans in Umbria


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On July 19, 1978, pianist Bill Evans was at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Terni, Italy. He was accompanied by bassist Mark Johnson and drummer Philly Joe Jones. A few weeks ago, 28 minutes of the trio playing that night was uploaded to YouTube. The songs are “The Peacocks," “Theme From M*A*S*H," “Midnight Mood," “Nardis" and an incomplete “Solar," featuring alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.

Here's the Bill Evans Trio, with Evans's right hand in extraordinary form that night, though his playing was a bit rushed and percussive...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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