Chevy Chase Discusses Appreciation of Bill Evans


Bassist Eddie Gomez (left), drummer Jack DeJohnette and pianist Bill Evans made a few recordings and played live in Summer 1968 while in Germany.

(Photo: Giuseppe Pino)

After getting done with the new Netflix feature A Futile and Stupid Gesture, which features a fictionalized Chevy Chase amid his ascent to Saturday Night Live stardom, sit down with the comedian and hear about his appreciation of jazz — and Bill Evans, specifically.

Resonance Records has released a Bill Evans’ title, Another Time: The Hilversum Concert, documenting a June 22, 1968, concert where the pianist is joined by drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Eddie Gomez. It’s something of a companion to the label’s Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest, which was recorded at about the same time.

“I don’t know that we ever heard the kinds of chords that he played,” Chase said in the video, recalling times he was able to see Evans perform. The comedian and actor also discusses his friendship with the bandleader, which included some phone calls about Chase’s piano playing.

For more information on the live disc, visit the Resonance Records website. DB

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