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Directed by Bruce Spiegel

United States 2015 84 mins.

In the pantheon of great jazz pianists, few remain as influential as Bill Evans. His arrival in the late 1950s heralded a new lyricism rooted in the romantic composers of the 19th century, and marked the birth of a groundbreaking impressionist harmonic framework that riveted musicians and listeners alike. While many post-bebop pianists were consumed with how fast they could play, Evans showed the world how slow he could play—and audiences loved him for it. In 1958, Evans joined the Miles Davis sextet, which would go on to produce some of the most celebrated and lasting music of the twentieth century. In the early 1960s Evans teamed up with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian to form the legendary Bill Evans Trio, a group that would redefine the concept of the jazz trio. Through interviews with many of Evans’ peers and collaborators, Spiegel traces a career and life full of brilliance, tragedy, revolutionary innovation, and lasting cultural impact.

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