You Must Believe in Spring
You Must Believe in Spring - Bill Evans.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedAugust 23–25, 1977
StudioCapitol Studios, Los Angeles
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerHelen Keane, Tommy LiPuma
Bill Evans chronology
I Will Say Goodbye
You Must Believe in Spring
Re: Person I Knew
Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz(favorable) [1]
AllMusic [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[4]

You Must Believe in Spring is an album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans, recorded by Evans, bassist Eddie Gómez, and drummer Eliot Zigmund in August 1977, and released after Evans' death in September 1980.


The album was Evans's last recording sessions done with Gomez on bass, who left after eleven years with Evans to pursue other musical projects. The same year, Evans also recorded the title song in duet with jazz vocalist Tony Bennett on their second album, Together Again.

The album's two originals by Evans are dedicated to his common-law wife Ellaine Schultz and his brother Harry, both of whom had taken their own lives.[5] The album also features the Johnny Mandel song Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless).

Rhino reissued the album on compact disc in 2003 with three bonus tracks added, including a take on the only song from Kind of Blue that Evans did not play on, "Freddie Freeloader." The liner notes, by CD reissue producer Richard Siedel, indicate that Evans plays electric piano on "Without a Song"; if so, it is not audible on the track. However, within the list of personnel on the CD reissue version, Evans is credited with Acoustic and Electric Piano only on "Freddie Freeloader". The rendition begins on acoustic piano and switches at 3:43 to a Fender Rhodes electric piano for most of the duration of the piece. After Zigmund's spirited drum solo at 6:52, Evans resumes playing acoustic piano through the finale.

Track listing

Side one
1."B Minor Waltz (for Ellaine)"Bill Evans3:12
2."You Must Believe in Spring"Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Jacques Demy, Michel Legrand5:37
3."Gary's Theme"Gary McFarland4:15
4."We Will Meet Again (for Harry)"Bill Evans3:59
Side two
1."The Peacocks"Jimmy Rowles6:00
2."Sometime Ago"Sergio Mihanovich4:52
3."Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)"Johnny Mandel, Mike Altman5:53
2003 reissue bonus tracks
8."Without a Song"Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, Vincent Youmans8:05
9."Freddie Freeloader"Miles Davis7:34
10."All of You"Cole Porter8:09



Main article: Bill Evans discography


  1. ^ All About Jazz review
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. You Must Believe in Spring at AllMusic
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. pp. 74. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 458. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ Francis Davis, You Must Believe in Spring, Rhino 8122-73719-2 liner notes p. 7.