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The Universal Mind of Bill Evans
Interview starts at 6:21
An important film recovered
This short film is a restoration of the original 45-minute telecast.
Here is Evans, his hair slicked back, his terrible teeth uncapped, a cigarette waving in the air, in intense conversation with his composer brother Harry Evans (a professor of music at Louisiana State University) on the nature of creativity in jazz.
This documentary features in-depth discussion of Evans' internal process of song interpretation, improvisation, and repertoire. Through demonstration on the piano, Bill uses the song 'Star Eyes' to illustrate his own conception of solo piano and how to interpret and expand upon the melody and underlying chord structure.
Onstage, Evans was famously reticent about speaking, but here he's surprisingly, stirringly provocative.
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