Bill Evans' 1963 album Plays the Theme from The V.
I.P.s and Other Great Songs features the legendary pianist eschewing his more introspective sound for a commercial pop approach. Working with an orchestral background courtesy of conductor/arranger Claus Ogerman (uncredited here), Evans delves into songs by such writers as Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, Elmer Bernstein, Miklós Rózsa, and others. While the album has more to do with light easy listening than deep harmonic jazz exploration, there is much to enjoy here for fans of jazz-inflected '60s pop.
|Theme from "Mr. Novak" / Lynn Murray||Bill Evans||2:04|
|The Caretakers Theme / Elmer Bernstein||Bill Evans||2:51|
|More / Riz Ortolani||Bill Evans||2:40|
|Walk on the Wild Side / Elmer Bernstein / Mack David||Bill Evans||2:33|
|The Days of Wine and Roses / Henry Mancini / Johnny Mercer||Bill Evans||2:40|
|Theme from "The V.I.P.s" / Miklós Rózsa||Bill Evans||2:28|
|Hollywood / Bill Evans / Claus Ogerman||Bill Evans||3:35|
|Sweet September / Bill McGuffie||Bill Evans||2:16|
|On Green Dolphin Street / Bronislaw Kaper / Ned Washington||Bill Evans||2:42|
|The Man with the Golden Arm / Elmer Bernstein / Sylvia Fine||Bill Evans||2:32|
|Laura / Johnny Mercer / David Raksin||Bill Evans||2:31|
|On Broadway / Jerry Leiber / Barry Mann / Mike Stoller / Cynthia Weil||Bill Evans||2:32|