Music of Bill Evans featured in career-spanning collection

This year, Craft Recordings is issuing the first career-spanning collection of music by jazz pianist Bill Evans.

The five-disc deluxe boxed set is called Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980) and it will be released June 25.

The collection features more than 60 tracks that highlight Evans’s catalogues for Riverside, Milestone, Fantasy, Verve, Warner Bros. and Elektra/Musician. It includes the pianist’s work with Tony Bennett, Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Burrell, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Eddie Gomez, Shelly Manne, Lee Konitz and more.

The boxed set includes a previously unreleased live concert of the Bill Evans Trio performing at Oil Can Harry’s in Vancouver in 1975, which is also being issued as a standalone double album called On a Friday Evening.

Produced by Nick Phillips, the set comes in a 48-page, portfolio-style hardcover book containing photos, ephemera and extensive liner notes by Grammy-winning music journalist Neil Tesser.

One of the most influential jazz pianists of all time, Evans’s style incorporated impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation and rhythmic innovation that continues to shape music today.