Bill Evans – Portrait in Jazz (1960 Album)

Portrait in Jazz is an album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans, released in 1960.

Personnel: Bill Evans (p) Scott LaFaro (b) Paul Motian (dr)
Released: 1960
Recorded: December 28, 1959 Reeves Sound Studios, New York
Label: Riverside
Producer: Orrin Keepnews

0:00 “Come Rain or Come Shine” (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
3:30 “Autumn Leaves” (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert, Mercer)
9:21 “Witchcraft” (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
13:54 “When I Fall in Love” (Victor Young, Edward Heyman)
18:51 “Peri’s Scope” (Bill Evans)
22:05 “What Is This Thing Called Love?” (Cole Porter)
26:41 “Spring Is Here” (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
31:48 “Someday My Prince Will Come” (Frank Churchill, Larry Morey)
36:42 “Blue in Green” (Miles Davis, Evans)
42:05 Autumn Leaves (Alt. Take)

Eight months after his successful collaboration with Miles Davis on the album Kind of Blue, Evans recorded Portrait in Jazz with a new group (the Bill Evans Trio) that helped change the direction of modern jazz.

Most noticeably, LaFaro’s bass is promoted from a mere accompanying instrument to one of almost equal status to the piano (though not to the extent that it would be on later albums such as Sunday at the Village Vanguard). It is one of Evans’ more up-tempo and swinging albums (the presence of several ballads notwithstanding).

Reviewing it for Allmusic, music critic Scott Yanow wrote of the album: “… the influential interpretations were far from routine or predictable at the time. LaFaro and Motian were nearly equal partners with the pianist in the ensembles… A gem.” Danny Eccleston of Mojo wrote: “Portrait In Jazz – Evans’ fifth record as a band leader – gets you every which way. At its least great, it is merely brilliant… But what makes Evans extra-extra-special is the way his playing drags you in and shares the vulnerability at its core. Oh, the humanity!”


Steve Osgood says:

Between Evans’ usages of pedal tones and his knowledge of the piano and Scott’s ear for harmonics, along with the taste that Paul Motian uses on drums… this is probably one of the most influential albums of its time….

박상훈 says:

Best album i’ve heard

Judi Edwards says:

My prince has come and, most unfortunately and in an untimely manner, gone. Thanks Bill for the exquisite artistry and to all those who make his recordings available to us.

Donovan Bennett says:

J dilla brought me here

MrJan3327 says:

one day our Evans has come and bring us La Faro and Motian and the best music we can ever hear. isn’t it sublime?

Chuy Peligros says:

Los cadetes de linares

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In Heaven <3 - Piano Courses Online says:

My favorite jazz pianist and my favorite jazz record. Actually my first jazz record I got long time ago

Penard Baptiste says:

j’adore bill evans

Aaron Espinosa says:

Jazz Piano God

drew bridge says:

the guy was a needle of perfection.

Michael Alderete says:

Awesome, just purchased the CD once I found out the shared credit Blue in Green is on this album. I’ve been playing it all weekend.

TheCaliCoder says:

Dammit if only the bass was a little less in my right ear. Otherwise fantastic collection!

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Mert Deniz Alaydın says:

Many thanks for re-uploading

Susan Ross says:

thanks for monetizing this, the adds really enhance the listening experience.

G. Beatriz Acuña says:

I agree Billy Evans is one of the great jazz pianists,  a creator, a musician, a talent, he makes music nor noise…
 there are few like him, I don’t like  the title Pop jazz …sounds for very light audiences..

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Carl Hanke says:

According to my uncle, John Mason, a professional jazz bassist from the 60s into the 80s, this was the pinnacle of Bill Evan’s career. Scott LaFaro was a very steadying influence on Bill, and after Scott tragically died in a car accident, Bill lost that steadying influence.

TheRainmannnn says:

This is so good. I like how he always keeps it a little bit groovy.

Barrie Walker says:

Fantastic album. One of the absolute must-haves of recorded jazz.

Ace says:

Bill Evans Archive, thank you very much for uploading Bill’s albums on youtube. Bill Evans is my favourite Jazz pianist and i don’t go to sleep without listening to his albums. Thank you for this valuable contribution.

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Austin Willis says:

my go to rainy day jazz

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Logan Blood says:

Yo this nigga Bill is crazy on the keys bruh. This record is fuckin dope

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roberto cattan says:

Obrigado aos Arquivos Bill Evans , por postar este lindíssimo set!

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Jeffrey Hillmeyer says:

Genius, but unselfish.  A seeker, seeking like souls…

Dana Franchitto says:

His voicings are unique and delicious.Even his simpler melody lines cannot be imitated.

Nodoka Kudo says:

can you add what song starts at what time?

Zackary Gomez says:

I’m listening to the review by jazz critic Kevin whitehead on fresh air right now.

Elizabeth Raynor Short says:

Thank you. I would have been listening from the beginning if I had discovered BillEvansArchive at that time. Bill is my absolute favorite jazz pianist. He is simply the best.

Julio Perez Leiva says:

Bill Evans representa en el Jazz la conjunción del ritmó con la idea melódica; es único e inconfundible He’s genious !

Gary Vani says:

pure classic playing………..

nesty francois says:

Pour moi l’un des meilleur trio ! avec l’excellent Scott Lafaro parti trop tôt.

Lino Lina says:

Si clair . Si beau .

LFOZoo says:

The only album left on youtube with no ads…
Best day of my life.

Azen Berries says:

Bill Evans looks like Toby Maguire

Nick J says:

In my opinion, Peri’s Scope is literally a work of genius. Bill shows masterful creative energy, flawless technical skill and a undeniably deep musical talent that is the epitome of beauty and class. This man has more musicality in his little finger than most people have in their entire being. How lucky we are to have his recordings to enjoy! As words alone could never really some up the magnificence of these performances, all we can do to appreciate them is become deeply still….and genuinely listen.

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