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Monday, February 18, 2008

The Hands of Bill

posted by on February 18 at 10:06 AM

For a split second, I thought the cover of the 1999 Vintage edition of Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend

…was of this man:

…Almost, but it’s not Bill Evans. However, the matching of Evans’ image with Mann’s fictional musician and genius, Adrian Leverkuhn, would not have been totally wrong. Though Evans is much closer to Debussy than Arnold Schoenberg (the man who inspired Mann’s character), his music possesses the kind of intellectual depth and pull we feel when reading Mann’s novel. A novel, by the way, that is greatly admired by a circle of black American jazz musicians and writers that had its peak in the late ’80s and has Albert Murray as its leading intellectual and Wynton Learson Marsalis as its leading celebrity.

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