During the June 3 Jazz at the Bechtler concert, the Ziad Jazz Quartet, featuring pianist Noel Freidline, explores the styles of three singular piano stylists: Ramsey Lewis, Erroll Garner and Bill Evans.
Evans impressionistic and romantic style was influenced by classical piano composers Debussy and Ravel, and his timing was impeccable – Miles Davis hired him in the late 1950s and immediately began exploring the modal inventions that were second nature to Evans. Though he left Davis to form his own trio, Evans returned for Davis's masterpiece, Kind of Blue, which was a showcase for the pianist's harmonic architecture. Evans went on to great acclaim with his trio work, especially the lullaby-like Waltz for Debby. Evans could swing, too, as is clear on a track such as Peri's Cope, a selection that will be featured during this concert.