The Universal Mind of Bill Evans

There are some wonderful moments in the1966 documentary, The Universal Mind of Bill Evans. Among my favorites is Evans’ advice to make a true expression, no matter how simple, rather than to make an approximation of an unattainable ideal. His comments on the existence of a universal musical mind remind me of Chomsky’s universal grammar.

Steve Allen is the documentary’s host and provides some comments as well. The bulk of the film is an interview of Bill Evans by his brother Harry. I’m not a fan of Harry Evans’ interviewing style. I found my self reaching for fast-forward when it seemed the brothers were about to sink in to an argument.

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