Bill Evans Trio – Oleo (1958)

This version of Oleo bu Bill Evans Trio (originally composed by Sonny Rollins) is from the album Everybody Digs Bill Evans, released in 1958.

… Even Sonny Rollins’ “Oleo,” which follows, is not taken at customary flag-waving speed. The pianist, moreover, appears to “cue” the entrances of Philly Joe, discouraging the drummer from ramping up the tune into a conventional bebop burner……….With its varied tempos, rhythms and programming, Everybody Digs Bill Evans sustains interest without allowing the listener for a moment to mistake the singular, inimitable voice of the leader. It’s not hard to understand why many Evans followers, “casual” and otherwise, list it as their favorite of the pianist’s recordings. It’s doubtful there’s a more introspective, meditative trio set on record, yet the pianist shows he can dance as well… [source]

Sam Jones (Bass)
Philly Joe Jones (Drums)
Bill Evans (Piano)

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