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Continuing the epic series on piano players in jazz, Donald has reached the letter E, where he finds one of the most important and influential pianists of all time, Bill Evans. It is probably true that almost all piano players in the modern era have been, to some extent, influenced by Evans.

He was something of a prodigy and began earning money from his music whilst still a teenager, but it wasn’t until he was 30, in 1959, and recorded with Miles Davis on the biggest selling jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue, that he reached beyond a small base of aficionados and found a wider public.

The Hot Box follows Evans career from Kind of Blue, through the seminal trio recordings made at the Village Vanguard in 1961, to some of his later trios, also taking in important duo performances with Tony Bennett and Jim Hall along the way. The letter E also finds two young pianists of extraordinary skill, Russian born Eldar (now using his second name too, which is Djangerov) and the Californian, Taylor Eigsti. A recording by Brazilian Eliane Elias rounds out almost one and a half hours of Hot Box 15.

We are still seeking recordings by Irish pianists, so if you know of any, let us know. The Hot Box is released on www.jazzireland.ie every 2 weeks and can be heard on-line around the world. Tell your jazz loving friends, and talk to us direct with comments and suggestions to

Track List for The Hot Box #015 – A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 5 – The Letter E

# Artist Track Title Time
01 Michel Camilo One More Once 0:00
02 Eldar Djangirov Point of View Redux 02:36
03 Bill Evans Some Other Time 11:28
04 Bill Evans / Miles Davis Blue in Green 18:50
05 Bill Evans One for Helen 24:38
06 Bill Evans / Tony Bennett Waltz for Debby 31:16
07 Bill Evans Trio Grandfather’s Waltz 35:49
08 Bill Evans My Foolish Heart 44:46
09 Bill Evans Trio Waltz for Debby (trio version) 50:03
10 Bill Evans / Jim Hall My Funny Valentine 57:22
11 Bill Evans Trio I Loves You Porgy 1:03:21
12 Eliane Elias Bowing to Bud 1:10:57
13 Taylor Eigsti Timeline 1:16:49
Donald Helme
Author: Donald Helme
Donald presented Jazz Alley, Ireland’s number one jazz show, on RTE Lyric FM from the station’s first week on air until the end of 2015. “I am not a musician, and have never pretended to be anything other than a lifetime fan with loads of experience and hopefully, good ears.”
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