Listeners rarely have the opportunity to witness world-class musicians prepare for a performance. In the autumn of1966, pianist Bill Evans toured Europe with his regular bassist, Eddie Gomez. Danish drummer Alex Riel joined them for a concert in Copenhagen that also included the Swedish singer Monica Zetterlund. New to Evans and his repertoire, Riel met him and Gomez in the studios of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
In our age of quick-hit internet videos, this 45-minute rehearsal may seem slow, but to those interested in how music is made, it can bring revelations. The high quality of the black and white video lends itself to full-screen viewing. Here and there, conversational levels are as low as the lighting—it can be helpful to keep your hand near the volume control. All rights to this video are reserved to Alex Riel and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
Consumer alert: the “related” item in the center position below contains a stretch of the same video in far lower quality.
To see Monica Zetterlund rehearsing with the Evans trio, watch this shorter, better-known video.
Have a good weekend.