Let’s travel back to 1956 for this morning’s jazz – the year when Elvis Presley released his first hit, Heartbreak Hotel, and the first ever hard drive was invented by IBM, with a capability to hold only 5MB of content.
1956 also was the debut of Bill Evans’ record, New Jazz Conceptions, which was considered a ‘failure,’ as it only managed to sell about 800 copies in the first year. His first record, New Jazz Conceptions to some listeners became an indication of Bill Evans’ “early explorations” and a pathway to discovering his style. This record also marks the debut of Evans’ most covered piece, Waltz for Debby.
As a non-musician, I find this album to accompany me in winter days such as this particular December morning – and my uneducated ears hear nothing but pure, unadulterated jazz.
Five – Bill Evans, New Jazz Conceptions