Bill Evans


Smile With Your Heart: The Best of Bill Evans on Resonance
Compiles Choice Tracks by the Jazz Legend

June 21 Releases are Latest in the Jazz Label’s Mid-Priced Series The Takao Fujioka Collection


Resonance Records, the leading archival jazz specialists, continues their recently inaugurated series of samplers, the Takao Fujioka Collection, on June 21 with a pair of packages devoted to material from their bestselling, award-winning and previously unreleased recordings by pianist Bill Evans and guitarist Wes Montgomery.

Smile With Your Heart: The Best of Bill Evans on Resonance brings together standout tracks from the company’s four sets of hitherto unheard material by the lyrical keyboard master: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (2012); Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest (2016); Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (2017); and Evans in England (2019). Evans in England was issued for the first time as limited edition two-LP set on Record Store Day 2019, and 3 tracks from the album appear on Smile With Your Heart.

The Los Angeles label’s collections of rare, unheard music by Evans and Montgomery have garnered international acclaim. Evans’ Some Other Time, a stunning Dutch radio date featuring a short-lived trio with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette, was named one of the year’s top historical releases by DownBeat, JazzTimes, the U.K.’s Jazzwise, and the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll and topped Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.

All of Resonance’s albums devoted to Evans and Montgomery have been released with the full cooperation of the musicians’ estates. Zev Feldman, Resonance co-president and producer, says, “It’s been an honor to work so closely with Evan and Robert of the Evans and Montgomery estates over the course of the last 9 years to bring these incredible, unearthed treasures to light. These artists are really in the bedrock of our label, and it’s been remarkable to see the kind of excitement our releases generate in the press and with our fans.”  

In his liner notes to Smile With Your Heart, Bill Evans’ son Evan Evans writes, “The lovely work that Zev Feldman, George Klabin and everyone at Resonance Records have done in finding these treasure troves of beauty from my father’s legacy is beyond words…Resonance has accomplished something very admirable with this release; they’ve created a compilation album with its own soul and authenticity. It’s as tender and divine as it is brilliant and swinging.”

Like Resonance’s first two compilations in the Takao Fujioka CollectionSing a Song of Jazz: The Best of Vocal Jazz on Resonance and Jazz Piano Panorama: The Best of Piano Jazz on Resonance, released in May – the newly released Evans and Montgomery samplers features the eye-catching artwork and design of Fujioka, editor of the Japanese jazz journal Way Out West; he supplied the cover art for Resonance’s 2016 Stan Getz release Moments in Time.

Tracks on Smile With Your Heart: The Best of Bill Evans on Resonance:

1. Someday My Prince Will Come (from Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate)
2. Yesterdays (Version 1) (from Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate)
3. Mother of Earl (from Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate)
4. You’re Gonna Hear from Me (from Some Other Time)
5. Baubles, Bangles and Beads (trio) (from Some Other Time)
6. My Funny Valentine (from Some Other Time)
7. Nardis (from Another Time: The Hilversum Concert)
8. Very Early (from Another Time: The Hilversum Concert)
9. Turn Out the Stars (from Another Time: The Hilversum Concert)
10.  Polka Dots and Moonbeams (from Evans in England)
11.  Re: Person I Knew (from Evans in England)
12.  Waltz For Debby (from Evans in England)

DownBeat Magazine’s 65th Annual Critics Poll: “Best Historical Album of the Year” – Bill Evans SOME OTHER TIME – Jun. 26, 2017



NPR Music – Songs We Love: Bill Evans – Some Other Time ‘You’re Gonna Hear From Me [Alternate Take]’ -April 30, 2016

JazzTimes Cover (May 2016) features Bill Evans – Some Other Time – Mar 17, 2016

Discussions Magazine: Talkin’ All That Jazz – An exclusive interview with Resonance Records’ George Klabin & Zev Feldman – Jun 14, 2016

” Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance) – a two-CD set that rivals Evans’s revered Village Vanguard recordings for Riverside in June ’61. The unearthed music is frighteningly vivid—like being seated at a table on stage amid the musicians.” -Wall Street Journal

“The long-ago sounds of these two live sets of the Bill Evans trio playing mostly standards, recorded in a long-gone Greenwich Village club, Top of The Gate (it was literally above the better-known Village Gate jazz club), are if not the holy grail, then a very gilded cup.” -Stereophile Magazine Editors Pick – Recording of the Month! – July 012 issue “Now with the release of Live at the Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate, there is more of Bill’s inspiration for all of us to learn from and enjoy.” -Gary Burton “…These sessions will now be heard by generations of players and listeners whose lives will thereby be markedly enhanced.” -Nat Hentoff “…this recording…is a throwback to another era that only barely exists today. It was the ’60’s…” -Eddie Gomez “It was the most incredible time in my life. My first two weeks with Bill Evans were about to begin at the “Top of the Gate” in Greenwich Village, NY.” -Marty Morell
Bill Evans- Another Time: The Hilversum Concert
DownBeat October 2017
JazzTimes– September 2017

The Resident– September 2017

Bill Evans- Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest
Jazz Journalists Association – May 30, 2017
DownBeat– June 2016

JazzTimes– May 2016

Bill Evans- Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of The Gate
JamBands.com – Oct 24, 2012
The Absolute Sound – Oct 1, 2012
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Chico News Reviw PDF – Jun 7, 2012
Something Else – Jun 7, 2012
Buffalo News PDF – Jun 1, 2012
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Audiophile Audition JPG – May 10, 2012
JazzTimes – Apr 3, 2012