Studio album by
ReleasedAugust–September 1977
RecordedMay 27–30, 1976
StudioFantasy Studios, Berkeley
GenreJazz, post-bop, cool jazz
Length42:56 (reissue)
LabelFantasy F-9529
CD: Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 698-2
ProducerHelen Keane
Bill Evans chronology
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Quintessence is an album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans. It was recorded in 1976 for Fantasy Records and released the following year. At this time usually playing solo or with his trio, for these sessions Evans was the leader of an all-star quintet featuring Harold Land on tenor saxophone, guitarist Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums.


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[3]

Writing for AllMusic, music critic Scott Yanow called the album "a nice change of pace".[1]

Track listing

  1. "Sweet Dulcinea Blue" (Kenny Wheeler) – 6:02
  2. "Martina" (Michel Legrand, Eddy Marnay, Hal Shaper) – 8:12
  3. "Second Time Around" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) – 3:41
  4. "A Child Is Born" (Thad Jones, Alec Wilder) – 7:30
  5. "Bass Face" (Kenny Burrell) – 10:04

CD reissue bonus track:

  1. "Nobody Else but Me" (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 7:27


Technical personnel

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1977 Billboard Jazz Albums[4] 20


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Quintessence > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Swenson, John, ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. New York: Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 73. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 458. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. ^ "Billboard Best Selling Jazz LPs". Billboard. Vol. 89, no. 40. October 8, 1977. p. 94. Retrieved August 19, 2022.