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  • Sunday At The Village Vanguard Sunday At The Village Vanguard Quick View

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    Sunday At The Village Vanguard

    Import
    1. Gloria's Step
    2. My Man's Gone Now
    3. Solar
    4. Alice in Wonderland
    5. All Of You
    6. Jade Visions
    7. Jade Visions (alt take) *


    *Bonus Track

    Bill Evans
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  • Waltz For Debby Waltz For Debby Quick View

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    Waltz For Debby

    Import


    Recorded live at The Village Vanguard in New York on June 25, 1961, this was the fourth album by the Bill Evans Trio, composed of pianist Bill Evans, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian. Scott LaFaro was one of the supreme jazz bassists, a virtuoso player whose playing changed the very conception of his instrument. This album unfortunately also represents one of LaFaro's last performances, recorded just days before his tragic death at the age of 25 by automobile accident. Interestingly the album also contains tracks that Evans had recorded prior to working with LaFaro, so that this recording provides a very accurate index of the bassist's great contribution to the trio.

    1. My Foolish Heart
    2. Waltz For Debby
    3. Detour Ahead
    4. My Romance
    5. Some Other Time
    6. Milestones
    7. I Loves You Porgy*


    *Bonus Track

    Bill Evans Trio
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  • The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 (Awaiting Repress) The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 (Awaiting Repress)


    4 LP Box Set Pressed On 180 Gram Vinyl


    Includes 12 Page Booklet


    Ranked time after time as one of the best live jazz recording sessions in history, and yielding two of Evans' most classic albums (Waltz for Debby, Sunday
    at the Village Vanguard), The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 represents the pinnacle of spontaneous musical communication: three men
    breathing as one on a tiny bandstand.


    This box set is the ultimate collectible item for any jazz fan. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl, this four-LP set comes with a 12-page booklet, complete with
    new liner notes by reissue producer Bill Belmont, as well as the original liner notes by the producer of the original recordings,Orrin Keepnews.
    Reproductions of session notes and photographer Steve Schapiro's proof sheets from the performances add vintage context to the packaging. Also
    included in the box is a stunning metallic and black poster of the famous cover - Evans, in profile, deep in concentration at his piano.


    Everything Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, and Paul Motian had been working on for the previous 18 months led to this moment on June 25, 1961. The little-known pianist and his trio performed afternoon and evening sets that Sunday to a small audience that unknowingly sat through what would become a very
    famous - and final - set by the trio as a whole. The 25-year old LeFaro died tragically in a car accident just ten days later. The performances on these
    LPs demonstrate a new and more interactive approach to playing as a trio, one in which all instruments carry melodic responsibilities and function as
    equal voices. Contrapuntal dialogues take place between Evans's poetic piano and LaFaro's bass, with Motian's sustained riveted ride cymbal providing a
    carpet of stars. These recordings provide something of a sonic time capsule: sequenced in the original order of the five sets; the audience's murmurings
    and applause peppered throughout; even an interrupted take is left intact.


    This box set is the definitive keepsake for audiophiles, Bill Evans fans and jazz collectors, alike, and, in its limited run, will go quickly.

    LP 1
    1. Spoken Introduction
    2. Gloria's Step (Take 1, Interrupted)
    3. Alice In Wonderland (Take 1)
    4. My Foolish Heart
    5. All Of You (Take 1)
    6. Announcement And Intermission


    LP 2
    1. My Romance (Take 1)
    2. Some Other Time
    3. Solar
    4. Gloria's Step (Take 2)
    5. My Man's Gone Now
    6. All Of You (Take 2)


    LP 3
    1. Detour Ahead (Take 1)
    2. Discussing Repertoire
    3. Waltz For Debby (Take 1)
    4. Alice In Wonderland (Take 2)
    5. Porgy (I Loves You, Porgy)
    6. My Romance (Take 2)
    7. Milestones


    LP 4
    1. Detour Ahead (take 2)
    2. Gloria's Step (Take 3)
    3. Waltz For Debby (Take 2)
    4. All Of You (Take 3)
    5. Jade Visions (Take 1)
    6. Jade Visions (Take 2)
    7. ...A Few Final Bars

    Bill Evans Trio
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  • Moon Beams Moon Beams Quick View

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    Moon Beams

    1. Re: Person I Knew
    2. Pola Dots And Moon Beams
    3. I Fall In Love Too Easily
    4. Stairway To The Stars
    5. If You Could See Me Now
    6. It Might As Well Be Spring
    7. In Love In Vain
    8. Very Early
    Bill Evans Trio
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  • Kind Of Blue + 2 Bonus Tracks Kind Of Blue + 2 Bonus Tracks Quick View

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    Kind Of Blue + 2 Bonus Tracks

    Ranked 12/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Import

    Remastered


    So much has been said and written about Miles Davis Kind Of Blue, its virtually impossible to summarize all the necessary info to the length of this note. We could simply list some facts (best sold Jazz album ever worldwide). We could try to explain why its the best jazz album ever made, but the music itself will do that to you. As Bill Evans said in the original liner notes for the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Miles Davis laid out the themes before the tape rolled and the band improvised.


    The end results were fragile and wondrous. Recorded during 2 sessions in 1959, Kind of Blue worked on many different levels and will do so for many years to come. We´re proud to announce a very special version of the most influential (jazz)album ever. We present the orginal album in remastered form plus an extra LP containing 2 tracks that werent available on vinyl before (an alternate take of Flamenco Sketches and a version of On Green Dolphin Street recorded prior to the Kind of Blue sessions, with the legendary line-up of Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb).


    Also, we´ve graced this first-time ever 2LP edition of this musical masterpiece with a gatefold sleeve with additional liner notes.


    180 grams audiophile vinyl

    Remastered Audio

    First-time ever 2LP edition incl. 2 bonustracks

    Gatefold Sleeve incl. additional liner notes

    LP1

    Side A


    1. So What (9:03)
    2. Freddie Freeloader (9:46)
    3. Blue In Green (5:37)


    Side B


    1. All Blues (11:32)
    2. Flamenco Sketches (9:24)


    LP2

    Side A


    1. Flamenco Sketches (ALTERNATE TAKE) (9:24)


    Side B


    1. On Green Dolphin Street (9:48)

    Miles Davis
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  • I Will Say Goodbye (Pre-Order) I Will Say Goodbye (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    I Will Say Goodbye (Pre-Order)

    Bill Evans' ironically titled final recording for Fantasy Records is considered to be one of his best. The GRAMMY® Award-winning 1979 effort is a glorious sampler of several composers who inevitably inspired the pianist - including Michel Legrand, Burt Bacharach and Johnny Mandel - in a program where variety is achieved while peak inspiration is sustained. With Eddie Gomez and Eliot Zigmund.
    1. I Will Say Goodbye
    2. Dolphin Dance
    3. Seascape
    4. Peau Douce
    5. Nobody Else But Me
    6. I Will Say Goodbye (Take 2)
    7. The Opener
    8. Quiet Light
    9. A House is Not a Home
    10. Orson's Theme
    Bill Evans Trio
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  • Undercurrent Undercurrent Quick View

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    Undercurrent

    Undercurrent on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label


    Introspective, Almost-Hallucinogenic 1962 Album a Pinnacle for Both Jazz Icons


    Guitarist Hall Aids Pianist Evans in Rebounding from Tragedy


    Diverse Set Encompasses Ballads, Waltzes, Hard-Swinging Bop


    Divine Sonics: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    Bill Evans catapulted to the top of the jazz world in June 1961 after reeling off three straight masterpiece sessions at New York's Village Vanguard with his trio. Yet the emotional highs came to a screeching halt shortly thereafter when bassist Scott LaFaro died in a car accident. Devastated, Evans refrained from playing for nearly a year. If not for an inspirational collaboration of tremendous creative outpouring, one wonders what fate may have befallen Evans. Undercurrent, the outcome of two studio sessions with guitarist Jim Hall, is that project.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Label LP edition bursts forth with brilliant textures, you-are-there realism, and extraordinary tonalities. No other version outside of this analog copy brings you face-to-face with these two jazz giants' sonic communion, a kind of spiritual musical summit on which Evans' deft keyboard touches and Hall's reliably subtle phrasings seamlessly mesh and wonderfully dance, the compositions streaked with natural instrumental decay, full-frequency extensions, and poignant emotionalism that, on this LP, you can feel.


    While Evans managed to sit down for a few one-off takes between LaFaro's passing and these April-May 1962 dates, he largely remained on hiatus and abstained from recording. Whether it owes to the intimate pairing, he and Hall's brotherly chemistry, or the exquisite selection of program material, the results consistently come across as the equivalent of a private meditation-such is the level of introspective depth and quietly shaded interplay throughout. For Evans, the duet clearly functions as therapy, a healing episode in which his partner patiently lays back, shadowing moves and suggesting others, neither musician interested in the spotlight but each striving for (and achieving) transcendent beauty.


    In tackling standards such as Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" and the Broadway classic "Darn That Dream," as well as the Hall original "Romain," the pair traverses complex harmonies with the astute elegance of a figure skater. At times, Evans and Hall go for broke on a hard-swinging romps, yet it's their implied melancholy and drifting, softly struck melodic refrains on waltzes and ballads that bestows Undercurrent with a nuanced romanticism and whispered atmosphere befitting the record's title.


    Indeed, even the album's cover-an iconic photograph by Toni Frissell-exhibits the surreal, almost-hallucinogenic properties of the fare contained within.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. I Hear a Rhapsody
    3. Dream Gypsy
    4. Romain
    5. Skating in Central Park
    6. Darn That Dream
    Bill Evans & Jim Hall
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  • Bill Evans At Town Hall Vol 1 (Pre-Order) Bill Evans At Town Hall Vol 1 (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Bill Evans At Town Hall Vol 1 (Pre-Order)

    Now on 180g Vinyl: One Of His Most Celebrated Live Recordings! Beautifully-crafted live trio classic that showcases Evans at the peak of his powers.


    Bill Evans virtually defined jazz piano in the sixties and beyond, and this is one of the best examples from the middle period in his career. As opposed to a number of his other releases, the piano sound is superb for that time period, and you can hear all the interplay, the fun, and the fierce concentration of these guys beautifully recorded and nicely balanced. Town Hall remains one of the stronger entries in the Bill Evans catalog.


    This trio swings and the whole performance is a real delight. This was the last recording by longtime bassist Chuck Israels (who had joined the Trio in 1962) with Evans (the tastefully supportive drummer Arnold Wise completes the group), this live set features the group mostly performing lyrical and thoughtful standards. Highlights include I Should Care, Who Can I Turn To, and My Foolish Heart. The most memorable piece, however, is the 13-and-a-half-minute Solo: In Memory of His Father, an extensive unaccompanied exploration by Evans that partly uses a theme that became Turn Out the Stars.


    Many of Evans's compositions have become standards and have been played and recorded by many artists. Evans was honored with 31 Grammy nominations and seven awards and was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.

    1. I Should Care
    2. Spring Is Here
    3. Who Can I Turn To
    4. Make Someone Happy
    5. Solo - In Memory of His Father Harry L. (Prologue/Improvisation on Two Themes/Story Line/Turn Out the Stars/Epilogue)
    Bill Evans
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  • Waltz For Debby Waltz For Debby Quick View

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    Waltz For Debby

    Recorded live at The Village Vanguard in New York on June 25, 1961, this was the fourth album by the Bill Evans Trio, composed of pianist Bill Evans, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian. Scott LaFaro was one of the supreme jazz bassists, a virtuoso player whose playing changed the very conception of his instrument. This album unfortunately also represents one of LaFaro's last performances, recorded just days before his tragic death at the age of 25 by automobile accident. Interestingly the album also contains tracks that Evans had recorded prior to working with LaFaro, so that this recording provides a very accurate index of the bassist's great contribution to the trio.
    My Foolish Heart
    Waltz For Debby
    Detour Ahead
    My Romance
    Some Other Time
    Milestones
    Bill Evans Trio
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  • New Jazz Conceptions New Jazz Conceptions Quick View

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    New Jazz Conceptions

    A significant date in the history of legendary pianist Bill Evans' recording career, New Jazz Conceptions marks his maiden voyage as a leader and finds
    the then 27-year-old pianist already sounding much different than the usual Bud Powell-influenced keyboardists of the time. Recorded in 1956, more than
    a year before he joined the Miles Davis Sextet, this set finds Evans flashing his own unique chord voicings in a lyrical, swinging style. Three selections
    here are taken solo (including the original version of his classic Waltz for Debby), while the other eight are performed in a trio with bassist Teddy Kotick
    and drummer Paul Motian (including his future theme Five, Speak Low, and No Cover, No Minimum). A strong start to a significant career and a must
    -have for fans of classic piano trios.
    1. I Love You
    2. Five
    3. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
    4. Conception
    5. Easy Living
    6. Displacement
    7. Speak Low
    8. Waltz for Debby
    9. Our Delight
    10. My Romance
    11. No Cover, No Minimum
    Bill Evans
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  • Alone Together (Awaiting Repress) Alone Together (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Alone Together (Awaiting Repress)

    Chet Baker with guest star Bill Evans presents Alone Together. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. Alone Together
    2. How High The Moon
    3. It Never Entered My Mind
    4. 'Tis Autumn
    5. If You Could See Me Now
    6. September Song
    7. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
    8. Time On My Hands
    9. You And The Night And The Music
    10. Alone Together (1955 Version)
    Chet Baker
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  • The Complete Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Recordings The Complete Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Recordings Quick View

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    The Complete Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Recordings

    Includes 12 Page Booklet With Rare Photos and Liner Notes


    Inarguably popular music's top song stylist, Tony Bennett joined together with the legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans for two albums of sublime duets recorded in 1975 and 1976. Venerated as gorgeous gems of jazz grace, the two LPs along with numerous alternate takes and bonus tracks are combined on this 4-LP 180g vinyl boxed set. Includes a deluxe 12-page booklet featuring rare photos and extensive liner notes by Will Friedwald (co-author of Tony Bennett's autobiography, The Good Life).

    LP1
    1. Young And Foolish
    2. The Touch Of Your Lips
    3. Some Other Time
    4. When In Rome
    5. We'll Be Together Again
    6. My Foolish Heart
    7. Waltz For Debby
    8. But Beautiful
    9. Days Of Wine And Roses


    LP2
    1. The Bad And The Beautiful
    2. Lucky To Be Me
    3. Make Someone Happy
    4. You're Nearer
    5. A Child Is Born
    6. The Two Lonely People
    7. You Don't Know What Love Is
    8. Maybe September
    9. Lonely Girl
    10. You Must Believe In Spring


    LP3
    1. Who Can I Turn To?
    2. Dream Dancing
    3. Young And Foolish (Alternate, Take 4)
    4. The Touch Of Your Lips (Alternate, Take 1)
    5. Some Other Time (Alternate, Take 7)
    6. When In Rome (Alternate, Take 11)
    7. Waltz For Debby (Alternate, Take 8)
    8. The Bad And The Beautiful (Alternate, Take 1)
    9. The Bad And The Beautiful (Alternate, Take 2)
    10. Make Someone Happy (Alternate, Take 5)
    11. You're Nearer (Alternate, Take 9)
    12. A Child Is Born (Alternate, Take 2)
    13. A Child Is Born (Alternate, Take 7)


    LP4
    1. The Two Lonely People (Alternate, Take 5)
    2. You Don't Know What Love Is (Alternate, Take 16)
    3. You Don't Know What Love Is (Alternate, Take 18)
    4. Maybe September (Alternate, Take 5)
    5. Maybe September (Alternate, Take 8)
    6. Lonely Girl (Alternate Take 1)
    7. You Must Believe In Spring (Alternate, Take 1)
    8. You Must Believe In Spring (Alternate, Take 4)
    9. Who Can I Turn To? (Alternate, Take 6)

    Tony Bennett & Bill Evans
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  • Undercurrent Undercurrent Quick View

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    Undercurrent

    Import


    Other than four piano solos from April 4, 1962, this set was pianist Bill Evans' first recordings after a hiatus caused by bassist Scott LaFaro's tragic death in a car accident. The first of two meetings on record in a duo format with guitarist Jim Hall, the collaborations are often exquisite. Both Evans and Hall had introspective and harmonically advanced styles along with roots in hard-swinging bebop. The six selections on the original LP have been expanded to ten for this reissue with the inclusion of two alternate takes and previously unheard versions of Stairway to the Stars and I'm Getting Sentimental Over You. There is more variety than expected on the fine set with some cookers, ballads, waltzes, and even some hints at classical music. Recommended.

    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. I Hear A Rhapsody
    3. Dream Gypsy
    4. Stairway to the Stars*
    5. Romain
    6. Skating In Central Park
    7. Darn That Dream
    8. Stairway To The Stars
    9. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You*


    *Bonus Track

    Bill Evans & Jim Hall
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  • Sunday At The Village Vanguard Sunday At The Village Vanguard Quick View

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    Sunday At The Village Vanguard

    Few albums in the history of contemporary American music can be more deserving than this one of the designation Original Jazz Classic. It is the first of two Riverside albums derived from the legendary final appearance of the first Bill Evans trio - taped during the last day of a Village Vanguard engagement, barely ten days before the tragic death of bassist Scott LaFaro. The recordings have long been recognized as capturing the essence of the unique three-way interaction that characterized the trio. This album is further distinguished by its emphasis on the solo work and compositions of the innovative LaFaro.
    1. Gloria's Step
    2. My Man's Gone Now
    3. Solar
    4. Alice in Wonderland
    5. All Of You
    6. Jade Visions
    Bill Evans
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  • The Bill Evans Album (Speakers Corner) The Bill Evans Album (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Bill Evans Album (Speakers Corner)

    The global corporation Columbia recorded and released only two LPs with pianist Bill Evans. A meagre result when one considers the numerous concerts that the new trio undertook between 1969 and 1974. Together with Eddie Gomez, a phenomenon on the bass, and drummer Marty Mortell, the three established a firm - and ever better - trio. Evans became interested in the possibilities offered by the Fender Rhodes piano and used it for the first time in The Bill Evans Album.


    The LP is remarkable in that only Evans's own compositions were recorded - three previously recorded pieces and four brand-new works. Of particular note is the melancholy Two Lonely People, Evans's musical interpretation of a poem by Carol Hall. Sugar Plum and T.T.T. were to remain in his repertoire right up until his very last recordings. Unusual but very commendable because it begins with an ad hoc introductory improvisation is the electric piano version of Evans's most well-known composition - Waltz For Debby.


    The excellent technical facilities at the Columbia Studio were used to the full by Bill Evans, even though they were only recording a small ensemble. And that is why the seven numbers sound far better than most of the trio's live recordings. And as Bill Evans once said, it was with this trio that he could fulfill his musical ambitions.

    Musicians:



    • Bill Evans (piano, electric piano

    • Eddie Gomez (bass)

    • Marty Morrell (drums)




    Recording: May and June 1971 at CBS 30th Street Studio, New York, by Pete Weiss

    Production: Helen Keane




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Funkallero
    2. The Two Lonely People
    3. Sugar Plum
    4. Waltz For Debby
    5. T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune)
    6. Re: Person I Knew
    7. Comrade Conrad
    Bill Evans
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  • Conversations With Myself Conversations With Myself Quick View

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    Conversations With Myself

    That Bill Evans ventured into overdubbed pianos for this session was in 1963 a historic occasion. Overdubs were seldom in the age of Rudy Van Gelder- and Orrin Keepnews-produced sessions, which were sacrosanct in their on-the-spot nature. But by 1963 it was clear that very, very few people could play the way Evans did. Once he had himself to play along with, it was abundantly clear why he was so singular a musical mind. The melodies here fit together like two sets of fingers making a cradle, and Evans dances the lines, flows them irregularly, and entangles them so as to paint himself into constant binds. Then he escapes the binds, as artfully as he had done on Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby with the legendary trio of himself, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian. This is rightly one of jazz piano's most enchanted recordings. - Andrew Bartlett
    1. 'Round Midnight
    2. How About You?
    3. Spartacus Love Theme
    4. Blue Monk
    5. Stella By Starlight
    6. Hey, There
    7. N.Y.C.'s No Lark
    8. Just You, Just Me
    9. Bemsha Swing
    10. A Sleepin' Bee
    Bill Evans
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  • Explorations Explorations Quick View

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    Explorations

    Explorations is an album by jazz musician Bill Evans originally released on Riverside label in 1961. The album won the Billboard Jazz Critics Best Piano LP poll for 1961. Explorations was the second album Evans recorded with his trio of Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums. Evans considered it one of his favorites from this period.
    1. Israel
    2. Haunted Heart
    3. Beautiful Love
    4. Elsa
    5. Nardis
    6. How Deep Is The Ocean
    7. Wish I Knew
    8. Sweet And Lovely
    Bill Evans Trio
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  • Portrait In Jazz (Awaiting Repress) Portrait In Jazz (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Portrait In Jazz (Awaiting Repress)

    Bill Evans made two albums in 1959 that had a profound impact on jazz history Kind of Blue with Miles Davis and this debut disc by Evans first permanent working unit. The fluidity and interdependence these three developed forever changed the face of the piano trio, introducing new notions of shading, balance, and poetic lyricism, not to mention the superhuman virtuosity of the tragically short-lived bassist Scott LaFaro.
    1. Come Rain Or Come Shine
    2. Autumn Leaves
    3. Witchcraft
    4. When I Fall In Love
    5. Peri's Scope
    6. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    7. Spring Is Here
    8. Some Day My Prince Will Come
    9. Blue In Green
    Bill Evans Trio
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  • Swingin' On The Korner: Live At Keystone Korner Swingin' On The Korner: Live At Keystone Korner Quick View

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    Swingin' On The Korner: Live At Keystone Korner


    One Of The Greatest Packages Ever Built For Red Garland: 150 Minutes Of Never-before Released Material From The Legendary Pianist


    Recorded December 6-10 1977 At San Francisco's Legendary Keystone Korner


    Featuring Bassist Leroy Vinnegar And Drummer Philly Joe Jones


    3 LP Limited Edition, 180g Black Vinyl, Deluxe Tri-fold Package With Insert


    A collection of all previously unissued recordings of the great jazz pianist, Red Garland, recorded live in concert at San Francisco's Keystone Korner. With
    virtuoso bassist, Leroy Vinnegar, and drum legend, Philly Joe Jones. Sixteen tracks and over 150 minutes of captivating piano trio recordings from one of
    jazz's most important and unsung heroes in an exhaustive package built to celebrate Garland's artistry. These recordings mark the only time this group
    ever-performed or recorded together. Tape recordings taken from the sound board the week of December 6th, 1977.
    Package designed by Burton Yount (Jimmy Giuffre New York Concerts, Bill Evans Live at Top of The Gate, Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue).

    1. Love For Sale
    2. I Wish I Knew
    3. It's Impossible
    4. Billy Boy
    5. Dear Old Stockholm
    6. If I'm Lucky
    7. Blues In Bebop
    8. On Green Dolphin Street
    9. Straight No Chaser
    10. On A Clear Day
    11. The Christmas Song
    12. The Best Things In Life Are Free
    13. Never Let Me Go
    14. Autumn Leaves
    15. Bag's Groove
    16. It's All Right With Me/The Theme
    Red Garland Trio
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  • Aretha With The Ray Bryant Combo (Speakers Corner) Aretha With The Ray Bryant Combo (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Aretha With The Ray Bryant Combo (Speakers Corner)

    As is well known, early relationships are not always blessed, and it is certainly no secret that the collaboration between Aretha Franklin and Columbia's record producer John H. Hammond did not last long. Hammond's later attempts to candy Franklin's irrepressible natural voice with sugary arrangements and studio gimmicks did not go down well with the public. On the first Franklin disc from Columbia, however, it was honeymoon all the way. With a successful mix of pop and jazz standards, the super talent - Aretha had just turned 18 years old - brought her vocal chords to vibrate. Fired on with youthful Élan, these evergreens sound so fresh, new and intoxicating that the question of their genre is quite irrelevant. From a seesawing R & B (Won't Be Long) via bell-like waves of melody (Over The Rainbow) right up to the freely styled, jazzy Gershwin classic It Ain't Necessarily So - everything is right there! The Ray Bryant Trio - augmented with winds - proves itself a formidable ensemble with true presence yet unobtrusive accompaniment. If you compare the mature performances of Aretha Franklin in her subsequent years with Atlantic, you will soon recognize that the later 'First Lady of Soul' was in full command of her profession right from the very beginning.


    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.


    Musicians:

    Aretha Franklin(vocals, electric piano)

    Quentin Jackson, Tyree Glenn (trombone)

    Al Sears (tenor saxophone)

    Ray Bryant (piano)

    Lord Westbrook, Skeeter Best (guitar)

    Milt Hinton, Bill Lee (bass)

    Belton Evans, Sticks Evans, Osie Johnson (drums)


    About Speakers Corner

    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.


    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.


    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.


    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.


    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.


    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Won't Be Long
    2. Over The Rainbow
    3. Love Is The Only Thing

    4. Sweet Lover

    5. All Night Long

    6. Who Needs You?

    7. Right Now

    8. Are You Sure

    9. Maybe I'm A Fool

    10. It Ain't Necessarily So

    11. (Blue) By Myself

    12. Today I Sing The Blues
    Aretha Franklin
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    Quintessence (Pre-Order)

    1976 Session Featuring Harold Land, Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown & Philly Joe Jones

    Bill Evans was such a force as a trio pianist that people tend to overlook his quintet sessions. This 1976 date was one of Evans's personal favorites within that context. Featuring longtime friend Philly Joe Jones plus Harold Land, Kenny Burrell, and Ray Brown, the ensemble is stellar to say the least; and the players strike a comfortably creative groove on a program that includes originals by trumpeters Thad Jones and Kenny Wheeler, plus Burrell's blowing tune Bass Face.

    1. Sweet Dulcinea Blue
    2. Martina

    3. Second Time Around
    4. A Child Is Born
    5. Bass Face
    Bill Evans
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    The Ivory Hunters

    Import


    When Bill Evans agreed to do a two piano date with Bob Brookmeyer, eyebrows surely must have raised. Pairing a rising superstar of modern jazz with a gentleman known for playing valve trombone and arranging charts might have been deemed by some as a daunting task. Fortunately for the keyboardists, this was a good idea and a marvelous concept, where the two could use the concept of counterpoint and improvisation to an enjoyable means, much like a great chess match. For the listener, you are easily able to hear the difference between ostensible leader Evans in the right channel of the stereo separation, and the accompanist Brookmeyer in the left. The opener Honeysuckle Rose gives a basic idea of what to expect, as Evans leads out, Brookmeyer counters his moves, and they trade riffs in an inventive bridge. The Way You Look Tonight is similar as Brookmeyer is more playful in his chiming chords and second melody line. The energy level is very good here, as well as on the democratic, funky contemporary intro to the easy swing of It Could Happen to You and I Got Rhythm, jam-packed with fun plus risk-taking. There's a different give and take during The Man I Love, and they turn the lamp down low on a delicate version of As Time Goes By as the pianists trade leads, and bassist Percy Heath adopts a more pronounced role. It is Heath and drummer Connie Kay, on loan from the Modern Jazz Quartet, who precisely and firmly cement rhythmic elements, allowing the pianists to use space, harmony, wit and wisdom to full effect. Some have called this an effort based more on gimmick and showmanship, but if you agree to listen closely, the depth and substance of Evans and Brookmeyer reveals a lot of soul, invention, and musicians simply having a real good time. It would be nice to hear any alternate takes from this marvelous date.

    -All Music Guide

    1. Honeysuckle Rose
    2. As Time Goes By
    3. The Way You Look Tonight
    4. It Could Happen to You
    5. The Man I Love
    6. I Got Rhythm
    Bill Evans
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    Undercurrent (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    This is the first of two superb albums recorded by Bill Evans, and guitarist Jim Hall, and it was recorded over two sessions in April and May 1962. Arrangements simply for piano and guitar are rare in Jazz, and it is even more seldom that the results are truly inspiring and as musically worthwhile as in this case. It is usual for intuitive musical relationships to develop over a number of years, but here we find two musicians who clearly shared an immediate understanding.



    Both men are on absolute top form here - Bill Evans was on fire throughout the early and mid sixties, and after the tragic death of his previous musical partner, virtuoso bass player Scott Le Faro (at the age of 23), he was searching for new directions. Jim Hall is a guitarist of tremendous skill and powerful technique, with a highly developed rhythmic and harmonic sense that shines through on this album. What is so special about the performances here is an almost telepathic anticipation of where the music is heading - both musicians contribute equally, and there is a constant exchange of ideas, each reacting to the other with apparent ease, whatever the mood.



    This is a brilliant jazz album, of great depth and tremendous atmosphere, and both players express some exceptional ideas. Highly recommended.




    Musicians:



    • Bill Evans (piano)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)




    Recording: April & May 1962 at Sound Makers, New York, by Bill Schwartau



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. I Hear A Rhapsody
    3. Dream Gypsy
    4. Romain
    5. Skating In Central Park
    6. Darn That Dream
    Bill Evans & Jim Hall
    $34.99
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    Empathy

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    This album came about through a fortuitous convergence of circumstances. Shelly Manne & His Men were appearing at New York's Village Vanguard, sharing the bill with the Bill Evans Trio. Getting Riverside's permission to let the pianist participate, Creed Taylor set up a session at Rudy Van Gelder's studio with Evans and Manne sharing top billing. Manne's bass player, Monty Budwig, made up the trio. This was a busman's holiday for Evans, who was freed from the musical parameters he had set for his then-current trio. The result is that his playing seemed lighter, freer, and more relaxed than it had for a while. The album kicks off with a jaunty version of Irving Berlin's The Washington Twist from the unsuccessful Mr. President with Budwig sharing the honors with Evans as much as Manne. Manne spends most of his time driving Evans into more diminished and sharper playing than was usually Evans' wont. Another relatively unfamiliar Berlin work, Let's Go Back to the Waltz, gives full reign to Evans' lyricism. The longest tune on the set is an audacious, almost lampooned version of With a Song in My Heart with light chordal phrasing that pretty much characterized much of the tone coming from this session.


    Recorded in 1962.


    Bill Evans, piano

    Shelly Manne, drums

    Monty Budwig, bass


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Washington Twist
    2. Danny Boy
    3. Let's Go Back To Te Waltz
    4. With A Song In My Heart
    5. Goodbye
    6. I Believe In You
    Shelly Manne & Bill Evans
    $49.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - Sealed Buy Now
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