“Emily” - composed by Johnny Mandel in 1964 for the movie “The Americanization of Emily”. The version from the great pianist Bill Evans is a classic. I learned a great deal from Bill. Everything from lines, voicings and harmony to touch and sound. I saw him many times in Boston at the Jazz Workshop. I saw the trio with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morrell as well as the trio with Joe LaBarbera and Mark Johnson. With Joe and Mark, I remember sitting very close to the piano and was struck on how swollen Bill’s hands were at the time. In spite of that, Bill and the trio were playing superb. He’s had a huge influence on my playing. My student and I were working on playing this song solo last week. I just finished an arrangement of a written out chorus of the melody for the solo vibraphone book that I’m working on. There are some of the techniques, harmony and voicings here in the clip that I included in the arrangement.
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