To Bill Evans
Alan Broadbent is a wonderful pianist who has worked with Charlie Haden, Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, Scott Hamilton, Marian McPartland. He has arranged for many different musicians for different recordings. I convinced Alan to work together of this album by giving him the scores of my compositions over baklava and Turkish coffee in New York. He quickly started sending me the arrangements of the pieces over email and even listening to them in the computerized-format was very exciting for me. Art my house, we got together with Kağan and Ferit and we started rehearsing with “large orchestra” by connecting the computer to the sound system. Meanwhile, we set the dates for the recording with Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the studios. Alan flew to Istanbul for a series of concerts of Therapy. After four concerts which got us warmed up for the album , we departed for Prague for the recording of To Bill Evans. On March 12, 201 , we spent the full day with the orchestra and finished the recording for it. All the pieces of the album flourished with their own spirit and aura. On the side, Alan showed me how to better use the pedal while playing.
Loyka Production team under Batu Akyol’s direction was also present at the recording studio. They prepared a documentary for the album as well as two videos for different pieces.
Just a short summary of how “To Bill Evans” project came true !
All music composed by Kerem Görsev
Arranged & conducted by Alan Broadbent
Alan Broadbent (played solo piano part for To Bill Evans)
Kağan Yıldız doublebass (except 5 & 7)
Ferit Odman drums (except 5 & 7)