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* BadassBeard: Grew one around the time of his 1970s comeback.


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* TokenMinority: Inverted. During his tenure with Miles Davis, Evans was initially the only white member in the band. This could get awkward during gigs in front of predominantly black audiences as he received little or no applause for his solos in comparison to the others.

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* TokenMinority: During his tenure with Miles Davis, Evans was initially the only white member in the band. This could get awkward during gigs in front of predominantly black audiences as he received little or no applause for his solos in comparison to the others.

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* TokenMinority: Inverted. During his tenure with Miles Davis, Evans was initially the only white member in the band. This could get awkward during gigs in front of predominantly black audiences as he received little or no applause for his solos in comparison to the others.


Bill Evans (1929 - 1980) was a jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the greatest and most influential of all time. He is best known for his work with Music/MilesDavis in the development of Modal Jazz and later in his own trios which redefined the role of a jazz rhythm section. He was classically trained and it shows: his playing incorporated contrapuntal and textural techniques from the classical piano repertoire and although he could play hard if he wanted to, his famous group recordings tend to feature collective interplay rather than soloing against a rhythm section.

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Bill William John Evans (1929 - (August 16, 1929 September 15, 1980) was a jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the greatest and most influential of all time. He is best known for his work with Music/MilesDavis in the development of Modal Jazz and later in his own trios which redefined the role of a jazz rhythm section. He was classically trained and it shows: his playing incorporated contrapuntal and textural techniques from the classical piano repertoire and although he could play hard if he wanted to, his famous group recordings tend to feature collective interplay rather than soloing against a rhythm section.


* ShortLivedBigImpact: While Evans himself had a career spanning 25 years, his most famous trio ended after 2 when bassist Scott La Faro died in a car crash. This trio was one of the most acclaimed ever and is known for promoting interplay between the band members instead of using the drums and bass simply for accompaniment.


* LighterAndSofter: In 1963 Evans' producers forced him to record ''Bill Evans Plays the Theme from The V.I.P.s and Other Great Songs''. It was an ill-conceived attempt to broaden his audience with renditions of TV and movie themes, plus [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of recent hits, in GenreMotif/EasyListening style, with an orchestra and chorus and almost no jazz improvisation. After it flopped it was [[CanonDiscontinuity quickly forgotten by everyone involved]].

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* LighterAndSofter: In 1963 Evans' producers [[ExecutiveMeddling forced him to record record]] ''Bill Evans Plays the Theme from The V.I.P.s and Other Great Songs''. It was an ill-conceived attempt to broaden his audience with renditions of TV and movie themes, plus [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of recent hits, in GenreMotif/EasyListening style, with an orchestra and chorus and almost no jazz improvisation. After it flopped it was [[CanonDiscontinuity quickly forgotten by everyone involved]].


Bill Evans (1929 - 1980) was an influential jazz pianist, considered to be one of the greatest of all time. He is best known for his work with MilesDavis in the development of Modal Jazz and later in his own trios which redefined the role of a jazz rhythm section. He was classically trained and it shows: his playing incorporated contrapuntal and textural techniques from the classical piano repertoire and although he could play hard if he wanted to, his famous group recordings tend to feature collective interplay rather than soloing against a rhythm section. Probably his most famous composition is jazz-waltz [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Waltz for Debby"]].

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Bill Evans (1929 - 1980) was an influential a jazz pianist, pianist and composer, considered to be one of the greatest and most influential of all time. He is best known for his work with MilesDavis Music/MilesDavis in the development of Modal Jazz and later in his own trios which redefined the role of a jazz rhythm section. He was classically trained and it shows: his playing incorporated contrapuntal and textural techniques from the classical piano repertoire and although he could play hard if he wanted to, his famous group recordings tend to feature collective interplay rather than soloing against a rhythm section. Probably

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his most famous composition is jazz-waltz [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pieces (most notably "Waltz for Debby"]].
Debby") have become standards of the repertoire for jazz pianists and his playing style has influenced numerous pianists to this day. He has been nominated for 31 grammys, winning 7 of them, and was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1981.


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Bill Evans (1929 - 1980) was an influential jazz pianist, considered to be one of the greatest of all time. He is best known for his work with MilesDavis in the development of Modal Jazz and later in his own trios which redefined the role of a jazz rhythm section. He was classically trained and it shows: his playing was very soft, melodic and emotional in contrast to the more predominant hard-edged rhythmic playing style of pianists of the time. Probably his most famous composition is jazz-waltz [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Waltz for Debby"]].

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Bill Evans (1929 - 1980) was an influential jazz pianist, considered to be one of the greatest of all time. He is best known for his work with MilesDavis in the development of Modal Jazz and later in his own trios which redefined the role of a jazz rhythm section. He was classically trained and it shows: his playing was very soft, melodic incorporated contrapuntal and emotional in contrast to textural techniques from the more predominant hard-edged rhythmic playing style of pianists of the time.classical piano repertoire and although he could play hard if he wanted to, his famous group recordings tend to feature collective interplay rather than soloing against a rhythm section. Probably his most famous composition is jazz-waltz [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Waltz for Debby"]].


* LighterAndSofter: In 1963 Evans' producers forced him to record ''Bill Evans Plays the Theme from The V.I.P.s and Other Great Songs'' an ill-conceived attempt to broaden his audience by recording an album of TV and movie themes, plus [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of recent hits, in GenreMotif/EasyListening style, with an orchestra and chorus and almost no jazz improvisation. After it flopped it was [[CanonDiscontinuity quickly forgotten by everyone involved]].

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* LighterAndSofter: In 1963 Evans' producers forced him to record ''Bill Evans Plays the Theme from The V.I.P.s and Other Great Songs'' Songs''. It was an ill-conceived attempt to broaden his audience by recording an album with renditions of TV and movie themes, plus [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of recent hits, in GenreMotif/EasyListening style, with an orchestra and chorus and almost no jazz improvisation. After it flopped it was [[CanonDiscontinuity quickly forgotten by everyone involved]].


* LighterAndSofter: 1963's ''Bill Evans Plays the Theme from The V.I.P.s and Other Great Songs'' was an ill-conceived attempt to broaden his audience by recording an album of TV and movie themes, plus [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of recent hits, in GenreMotif/EasyListening style, with an orchestra and chorus and almost no jazz improvisation. Evans was forced to the do the album by his producers. After it flopped it was [[CanonDiscontinuity quickly forgotten by everyone involved]].

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* LighterAndSofter: 1963's In 1963 Evans' producers forced him to record ''Bill Evans Plays the Theme from The V.I.P.s and Other Great Songs'' was an ill-conceived attempt to broaden his audience by recording an album of TV and movie themes, plus [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of recent hits, in GenreMotif/EasyListening style, with an orchestra and chorus and almost no jazz improvisation. Evans was forced to the do the album by his producers.improvisation. After it flopped it was [[CanonDiscontinuity quickly forgotten by everyone involved]].


* LighterAndSofter: 1963's ''Bill Evans Plays the Theme from The V.I.P.s and Other Great Songs'' was an ill-conceived attempt to broaden his audience by recording an album of TV and movie themes, plus [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of recent hits in Easy Listening Pop style, with an orchestra and chorus and almost no jazz improvisation. Evans was forced to the do the album by his producers. After it flopped it was [[CanonDiscontinuity quickly forgotten by everyone involved]].

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* LighterAndSofter: 1963's ''Bill Evans Plays the Theme from The V.I.P.s and Other Great Songs'' was an ill-conceived attempt to broaden his audience by recording an album of TV and movie themes, plus [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of recent hits hits, in Easy Listening Pop GenreMotif/EasyListening style, with an orchestra and chorus and almost no jazz improvisation. Evans was forced to the do the album by his producers. After it flopped it was [[CanonDiscontinuity quickly forgotten by everyone involved]].


* LighterAndSofter: 1963's ''Bill Evans Plays the Theme from The V.I.P.s and Other Great Songs'' was an ill-conceived attempt to broaden his audience by recording an album of TV and movie themes, plus [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of recent hits in Easy Listening Pop style, with an orchestra and chorus and almost no jazz improvisation. Evans was forced to the do the album by his producers. After it flopped it was [[CanonDiscontinuity quickly forgotten by everyone involved]].



* TokenMinority: During his tenure with Miles Davis, Evans was initially the only white member in the band. This could get awkward during gigs in front of predominantly black audiences as he received little or no applause for his solos in comparison to the others.

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* TokenMinority: During his tenure with Miles Davis, Evans was initially the only white member in the band. This could get awkward during gigs in front of predominantly black audiences as he received little or no applause for his solos in comparison to the others.


* TearJerker: His music is so beautifully emotional it can bring tears to your eyes. Special mention to "I Loves You, Porgy," and "My Foolish Heart," though pretty much any of the ballads qualify.

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