Bill Evans
You Must Believe In Spring

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“You Must Believe In Spring is an album by jazz pianist Bill Evans recorded in August 1977. This well-rounded set features the highly influential pianist Bill Evans in a set of typically sensitive trio performances. With his longtime bassist Eddie Gomez and his drummer of the period, Eliot Zigmund, Evans explores such songs as "We Will Meet Again," Jimmy Rowles's classic "The Peacocks" and the "Theme from M*A*S*H." It's a solid example of the great pianist's artistry.

In Evans' hands, melodies and time signatures are often more whispered, more shadowed, than stated, as in the opening "B Minor Waltz (For Ellaine)" and the somber, reflective title track, which blossoms, after Gomez' mid-song solo. Evans boasted such a unique, unmistakable touch—emotional and beautiful and even soft, but never sweet. As a rule, Evans could pick up the program from an elementary school chorus festival and play it inventively and beautifully. This set is no exception.” - Music on Vinyl

“I was ambushed by its quiet, exquisite musicality. It’s an album of startling beauty with exemplary, elegant playing in the purity of a trio setting and it displays a flawless choice of material.

B Minor Waltz is an original written by Bill Evans. It opens the album with booming bass and chiming, precise, pensive piano by Evans. Accompanied by the soft shimmering of drummer Eliot Zigmund’s brushes, Evans picks his way through the tune like a water bird on a glittering seashore. Evans was very much taken with the music of Michel Legrand, whose gift for melody deeply influenced Evans, leaving its mark on this and other compositions.

The lovely You Must Believe In Spring is by Michel Legrand himself and had its origins in the wonderful Jacques Demy film Les Demoiselles de Rochefort where it was entitled Chanson de Maxence. Evans shows his affection and admiration for Legrand in the care and emotion with which he delineates the tune, eschewing pyrotechnics. Bassist Eddie Gomez goes electric on this track and his gorgeous, poetic bass playing goes a remarkable way towards reproducing the vocal line of the original song.

Gary’s Theme, which Evans always called ‘Gary’s Waltz’, is by Gary McFarland, another tragic jazz figure (an enormously gifted vibraphonist, composer and arranger, he was poisoned with a shot of methadone in a New York bar). Evans plays it with a slow and expert melancholy, unearthing both pain and beauty. Gomez and Zigmund shadow and support him, moving through the lost terrain of memory.

This is an album shot through with elegiac, autumnal beauty. But it’s by no means all woe, and the material is varied and wide ranging.” – London Jazz News


  • Bill Evans, piano
  • Eddie Gomez, bass
  • Eliot Zigmund, drums

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Bill Evans


You Must Believe In Spring


Music On Vinyl


Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram



Release Date:

This reissue: 2014 | Original - 1981




Post Bop, Cool Jazz, Piano

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