Bill Evans – Peace Piece


By Samuel.

It’s hard for me to talk about jazz, because I know so little about music. Thus, all the technicalities, all the musical flourishes, all the subtle changes go over my head.

But that isn’t to say I can’t recognize simple beauty when I hear it. And when I heard a snippet of “Peace Piece” on a podcast from WNYC’s Radiolab, I knew I had to have this track.  Bill Evans is a pretty legendary jazz pianst, but I actually knew very little about his work besides his roles as sideman on some of my favorite jazz albums.

The last quote from Cannonball Adderley on the cover of Everybody Digs Bill Evans is elegantly exemplified on this song; he’s all alone and he shines the hell out of it so well, it feels perfect. It’s so good, in fact, I don’t think I ever want to hear another version of it.

(Well, maybe a higher quality one.)

Bill Evans | Peace Piece {download}

Peace Piece is actually Evans’ most famous composition (so I apologize for being redundant) and is itself an improvisation. The two-chord style may have lead to the creation of New Age music, or at least been an influence in that direction.
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One Response to Bill Evans – Peace Piece

  1. Wonderful music indeed. Just a tip, if you aren’t aware of Miles Davis’ landmark album “Kind of Blue”, the final track “Flamenco Sketches” is an elaboration of “Peace Piece”, and it also features Evans on piano. Resplendent is the only word.

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