Bruce Spiegel has produced a complete documentary giving you insights into Bill Evans; not just the musician, but also the person. The film moves chronologically starting with Bill's childhood in New Jersey and culminating with details about his death.
"The film Bill Evans, Time Remembered took me 8 years to make. Eight years of tracking down anybody who knew Bill and who played with him, to try and find out as much as I could about the illusive and not easy to understand Bill Evans.
"The film is excellent in every way - the interviews that Spiegel chose and the quality of their insights tells the whole story honestly and accurately. Spiegel's selectivity is to be especially commended." - Bob Blumenthal, Jazz Writer and Critic
"The film was a bull's eye at capturing as much as one can capture of someone's music, pain, and life story." - Debby Evans (Waltz for Debby)
"The film was very moving and beautifully done. It's a treasure and a gift to the world." - Alan Broadbent, Jazz Pianist
"Nobody played with more feeling than Bill Evans. You can actually hear the honesty in his music in this wonderful film." - Tony Bennett
"Time Remembered takes its place among the very best documentaries of a major jazz artist ever made." - Jazz Wise Magazine
For the last 25 years, Bruce Spiegel has been a producer/editor at CBS News/48 Hours. During that time, Spiegel produced, edited and directed a number of films and documentaries. In 2002 he co-produced the award-winning TV documentary “9-11” which won both an Emmy (2002) and Peabody Award (2003). In 2012, alongside Wynton Marsalis and Hugh Masakela (South African music legend), Spiegel co-produced a CBS News/48 Hours TV documentary titled “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation”.
Spiegel’s latest work, a documentary titled “Bill Evans: Time Remembered” was completed in 2015, and tells the story of Bill Evans’ turbulent life and his unprecedented contribution to the jazz community.
Oddly enough, Spiegel was not sure he would produce the film. However, it was during his second interview with Paul Motian that he knew he had to make the film. For some reason, Motian (now deceased) opened up and shared countless stories about Bill Evans.
"I think I had done my story some justice. The film showing in Louisiana was a big success. I know that a lot of people were happy they saw and experienced the film. I felt it in my bones, I had done the right thing. I know Bill would be smiling today, you brought the film to the right people, my friends, my family and my fellow players who knew me well. I hope the film has a good life, that many people will see and hear of Bill’s music:, a great American artist that shouldn’t be forgotten. I hope the film goes a long way to making that happen." - Bruce Spiegel