Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival
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Released1968 (see 1968 in music)
RecordedJune 15, 1968
VenueMontreux Jazz Festival, Casino de Montreux, Switzerland
ProducerHelen Keane
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Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival is a 1968 album by the American jazz pianist Bill Evans, recorded live at that year's Montreux Jazz Festival. The trio's performance on this album won them the 1969 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[2]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Rovi Staff wrote the album "marks the beginning of stylistic changes for the legendary pianist. Only one year earlier, his At Town Hall release found his approach generally more introspective and brooding. In contrast, this set is more lively, playful, and experimental... He experiments more with harmonic dissonance and striking rhythmical contrasts, making this his most extroverted playing since his freshman release, New Jazz Conceptions."[1]

Track listing

  1. "Spoken Introduction" – 0:57
  2. "One for Helen" (Bill Evans) – 4:22
  3. "A Sleepin' Bee" (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote) – 6:05
  4. "Mother of Earl" (Earl Zindars) – 5:14
  5. "Nardis" (Miles Davis) – 8:23
  6. "Quiet Now" (Denny Zeitlin) – 6:26
  7. "I Loves You, Porgy" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 6:00
  8. "The Touch of Your Lips" (Ray Noble) – 4:45
  9. "Embraceable You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 6:45
  10. "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (Frank Churchill, Larry Morey) – 6:08
  11. "Walkin' Up" (Evans) – 3:34



Nardis in Track 5 was sampled by MF DOOM in "Raid" from his album, Madvillainy.[3]


Main article: Bill Evans discography


  1. ^ a b Staff, Rovi. "Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  3. ^ "Madvillainy by Madvillain: Album Samples, Covers and Remixes". WhoSampled.