Author: Young, Herb
Date published: June 1, 2011
The Harmony of Bill Evans, Vol 2 by Jack Reilly (Milwaukee: Hal-Leonard), 112pp, ISBN 978-1-4234-8586-7, approx. $30, including CD.
This is noted pianist and scholar Jack Reilly's second volume regarding the music of Bill Evans. The first volume was reviewed in the February 2008 issue of the IAJRC Journal. The purpose of this book has not changed from Vol. I, but it expands the music considerably.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part deals with tonality and key relationships which are then demonstrated on the included compact disc. The second part of the book details ten of Mr. Evans' tunes plus one by the author dedicated to Bill Evans, Lament for Bill. Songs include For Nenette, January, Laurie, Maxine, Song for Helen, Turn out the Stars, Very Early, and the classic Waltz for Debby. At the end of the book is a CD track listing, an appendix, and an interview with the author by All About Jazz.
The writing is not for beginners but intended for readers with some knowledge of both the composition and performance of music, and of course a basic knowledge of Bill Evans would come in handy too. The reviewer must admit to a limited knowledge of the former but even with that handicap, it proved to be a rewarding experience. Bill Evans was a fascinating individual and absolutely a genius. This book helps to define the man and his music.