The full title of this disc is Now & Then: A Tribute to Bill Evans, and a piano trio with
Forman, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette is a great vehicle for clean, nicely-recorded version of some of Evans’ favorite tunes, both his own and those standards he was known to play.
Listening to this disc creates the feeling of attending a live jazz concert titled Tribute to Bill Evans – watching a professional trio recreating an Bill Evans set that night – “just as it happened” – for all of us who never got to see Bill Evans in person. However, it is not just a pianist trying his best to imitate the Evans style. The Evans-style has influenced many jazz pianists, but it is nice to also be able to distinguish Forman’s voice and recognize DeJohnette’s and Gomez’s contributions.
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