Bill Evans: Sweden, 1970

In early 1970, pianist Bill Evans was in Europe on tour with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell. They made stops in Finland, Denmark, Germany and Sweden. In Finland, he visited the home of composer Ilkka Kuusisto, where Evans was filmed by Finnish TV in conversation with his host and his host’s guests and performing three songs. For more on this video, go here.

In Sweden, Evans performed in Stockholm, where the trio was filmed for Swedish television playing Thelonious Monk’s ‘Round Midnight. While the camera always seems to be in the wrong place (not to mention wasting time panning briefly to unrelated exterior shots), this video is spectacular and features Evans in color for the first time that I’m aware of…

JazzWax note: You’ll find ‘Round Midnight and two other songs from this Stockholm gig on the DVD Jazz Icons: Bill Evans Live in 1964-’75 here.