Frases de Bill Evans
Data de nascimento: 16. Agosto 1929
Data de falecimento: 15. Setembro 1980
William John "Bill" Evans foi um pianista norte-americano, considerado um dos mais importantes músicos de jazz da história, sendo até hoje uma das referências do piano de jazz pós-50.
Seu uso da harmonia impressionista, suas interpretações inventivas do repertório tradicional de jazz e suas linhas melódicas sincopadas e polirrítmicas influenciaram toda uma geração de pianistas, incluindo Herbie Hancock, Denny Zeitlin, Chick Corea e Keith Jarrett. Seu trabalho continua a influenciar jovens pianistas como Fred Hersch, Esbjörn Svensson, Bill Charlap e Lyle Mays, e músicos que tocam outros instrumentos, como o guitarrista John McLaughlin.
Citações Bill Evans
„[Bill Evans talking about Miles Davis's change of style to jazz fusion] I would like to hear more of the consummate melodic master, but I feel that big business and his record company have had a corrupting influence on his material. The rock and pop thing certainly draws a wider audience. It happens more and more these days, that unqualified people with executive positions try to tell musicians what is good and what is bad music. It’s tempting for the musician to prejudice his own views when recording opportunities are so infrequent but I for one am determined to resist the temptation.“
„Music should enrich the soul; it should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise. It's easy to rediscover part of yourself, but through art you can be shown part of yourself you never knew existed. That's the real mission of art. The artist has to find something within himself that's universal and which he can put into terms that are communicable to other people. The magic of it is that art can communicate to a person without his realizing it… enrichment, that's the function of music.“
„I always like people who have developed long and hard, particularly through introspection and a lot of dedication. I think that what they arrive at is usually…deeper and more beautiful…than the person who seems to have that ability and fluidity from the beginning. I say this because it's a good message to give to young talents who feel as I used to. You hear musicians playing with great fluidity and complete conception early on, and you don't have that ability. I didn't. I had to know what I was doing. And ultimately it turned out that these people weren't able to carry their thing very far. I found myself being more attracted to artists who have developed through the years and become better and deeper musicians. I believe in things that are developed through hard work.“
As quoted in 'Metaphors for the Musician' by Randy Halberstadt. ©2001 Sher Music.