Peace Piece (from Everybody Digs Bill Evans, 1958)
The great jazz pianist Bill Evans (1929–1980) was in a studio playing around on the keys while waiting to record his version of “Some Other Time,” from Leonard Bernstein’s musical On the Town. The two opening chords of the Bernstein song led Evans into an improvisation that what would become one of his most famous compositions. There are many versions of “Peace Piece” to link to—although none by Evans himself. An admirer has described the piece as “more a mood than a composition.” We ilke that this particular link is illustrated with an image from the 1969 Woodstock Festival concert for peace and love. We’re in the mood for love, and peace.