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  • Portrait In Jazz Portrait In Jazz Quick View

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    Portrait In Jazz

    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
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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
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  • The Paris Concert: Edition Two (Pre-Order) The Paris Concert: Edition Two (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Paris Concert: Edition Two (Pre-Order)


    Numbered, Limited Edition! Pressed at RTI!


    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Masters!


    Edition Two of The Paris Concert by Bill Evans was recorded live in November 1979 at L'espace Cardin in Paris, France. Evans is assisted by bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbera. This second edition of the two includes Miles Davis' Nardis as well as 34 Skidoo.


    Bill Evans was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly worked in a trio setting. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and is considered by some to have been the most influential post-World War II jazz pianist. Evans's use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords, and trademark rhythmically independent, singing melodic lines continue to influence jazz pianists today.


    Marc Johnson is an American jazz bass player, composer, and band leader. In 1978, Johnson joined legendary pianist Bill Evans in what would be Evans' last trio. Johnson toured and recorded with Evans until the death of the pianist in 1980. His many recording credits since then include discs with Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Eliane Elias, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Baron, Philly Joe Jones, and many others.


    Joe LaBarbera is an American jazz drummer and composer. He is best known for his recordings and live performances with the trio of pianist Bill Evans in the final years of Evans' career. Prior to joining Evans he worked in the quartet of Chuck Mangione and Joe Farrell. After Evans' death in 1980, Joe joined singer Tony Bennett.


    The music is sensitive and subtly exciting. Until the release of some later live sessions from 1980, this could be considered Bill Evans' final recording and serves as evidence that, rather than declining, he was showing a renewed vitality and enthusiasm in his last year. -Scott Yanow, allmusic.com


    Features:

    • Numbered, Limited Edition

    • Audiophile 180g, 45rpm Vinyl

    • Double LP, Gatefold Packaging

    • Pressed at RTI!

    • Mastered by Bernie Grundman from Original Masters


    Musicians:

    Bill Evans, piano

    Marc Johnson, bass

    Joe LaBarbera, drums


    Recorded by Radio France at L'espace Cardin in Paris, France on November 26, 1979.


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    1. Re: Person I Knew
    2. Gary's Theme
    3. Letter to Evan
    4. 34 Skidoo
    5. Laurie
    6. Nardis
    7. Interview (Excerpts of a conversation between Bill and Harry Evans)
    Bill Evans
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  • You Must Believe In Spring You Must Believe In Spring Quick View

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    You Must Believe In Spring

    You Must Believe In Spring is an album by jazz pianist Bill Evans recorded in August 1977. This well-rounded set features the highly influential pianist Bill Evans in a set of typically sensitive trio performances. With his longtime bassist Eddie Gomez and his drummer of the period, Eliot Zigmund, Evans explores such songs as We Will Meet Again, Jimmy Rowles's classic The Peacocks and the Theme from M*A*S*H. It's a solid example of the great pianist's artistry.


    In Evans' hands, melodies and time signatures are often more whispered, more shadowed, than stated, as in the opening B Minor Waltz (For Ellaine) and the somber, reflective title track, which blossoms, after Gomez' mid-song solo. Evans boasted such a unique, unmistakable touch-emotional and beautiful and even soft, but never sweet. As a rule, Evans could pick up the program from an elementary school chorus festival and play it inventively and beautifully. This set is no exception.

    1. B Minor Waltz (For Ellaine)
    2. You Must Believe In Spring
    3. Gary's Theme
    4. We Will Meet Again (For Harry)
    5. The Peacocks
    6. Sometime Ago
    7. Theme From M*A*S*H
    Bill Evans
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    Trio '65


    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!


    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!


    Bill Evans was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly worked in a trio setting. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and is considered by some to have been the most influential post-World War II jazz pianist. Evans's use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords, and trademark rhythmically independent, singing melodic lines continues to influence jazz pianists today. Unlike many other jazz musicians of his time, Evans never embraced new movements like jazz fusion or free jazz.


    The iconic jazz pianist Bill Evans is joined here by none other than bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Larry Bunker for this 1965 recording. The album includes the heart-wrenching Who Can I Turn To? alongside If You Could See Me Now and Johnny Carisi's Israel.


    Although all eight of the selections heard on this Verve release have been recorded on other occasions by pianist Bill Evans, these renditions hold their own. Teamed up with bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Larry Bunker (his regular trio of 1963-1965), Evans plays definitive versions of such songs as Johnny Carisi's Israel, How My Heart Sings, Who Can I Turn To, and If You Could See Me Now. - Scott Yanow, allmusic.com


    Bill Evans, one of the most influential and tragic figures of the post-bop jazz piano, was known for his highly nuanced touch, the clarity of the feeling content of his music and his reform of the chord voicing system pianists used. He recorded over fifty albums as leader and received five Grammy awards... His inescapable influence on the very sound of jazz piano has touched virtually everybody of prominence in the field after him (as well as most of his contemporaries), and he remains a monumental model for jazz piano students everywhere, even inspiring a newsletter devoted solely to his music and influence. - All About Jazz


    Musicians:

    Bill Evans, piano

    Chuck Israels, bass

    Larry Bunker, drums


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    1. Israel
    2. Elsa
    3. 'Round Midnight
    4. Our Love Is Here To Stay
    5. How My Heart Sings
    6. Who Can I Turn To?
    7. Come Rain or Come Shine
    8. If You Could See Me Now
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    Explorations

    Import


    Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this 1961 release including one bonus track. Explorations, recorded on February 2, 1961, was Bill Evans fourth LP as a leader and the second studio album by the legendary Evans trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian. The Evans-LaFaro-Motian Trio would reach a climax with their June 25, 1961 club recordings at the Village Vanguard in New York. LaFaro would die in a car accident just ten days later, at the age of 25. Evans was so shocked by his bassist's death that he waited a long time before forming a new trio.

    1. Israel
    2. Haunted Heart
    3. Beautiful Love
    4. Elsa
    5. Nardis
    6. How Deep is The Ocean?
    7. I Wish I Knew
    8. Sweet And Lovely
    9. The Boy Next Door*


    *Bonus Track

    Bill Evans
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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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    On A Monday Evening

    Live At Madison, Wisconsin's Union Theater On Monday, November 15, 1976


    Liner Notes By Grammy Award-winning Jazz Historian Ashley Kahn


    On A Monday Evening offers jazz fans a rare treat: an unreleased (and never bootlegged!) concert recording of The Bill Evans Trio, featuring Eddie Gomez and Eliot Zigmund. Captured live at Madison, Wisconsin's Union Theater on Monday, November 15, 1976, this recording finds Evans at the top of his game, performing both contemporary compositions from that era, as well as his longstanding signature tunes to a packed house. New liner notes by GRAMMY Award-winning jazz historian Ashley Kahn round out the package, featuring commentary by Eddie Gomez and Eliot Zigmund.

    1. Sugar Plum
    2. Up With The Lark
    3. Time Remembered
    4. T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune)
    5. Someday My Prince Will Come
    6. Minha (All Mine)
    7. All of You
    8. Some Other Time
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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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  • At Shelly's Manne-Hole (Pre-Order) At Shelly's Manne-Hole (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    At Shelly's Manne-Hole (Pre-Order)

    At Shelly's Manne-Hole (or more completely, Bill Evans Trio at Shelly's Manne-Hole, Hollywood, California) is a live album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans, originally released in 1963 as his last recording for the Riverside label. The trio featured Chuck Israels, who followed Scott LaFaro on bass in autumn 1961, and Larry Bunker on drums, who just joined the reformed trio after Paul Motian had left.
    1. Isn't It Romantic
    2. The Boy Next Door
    3. Wonder Why
    4. Swedish Pastry
    5. Our Love Is Here To Stay
    6. 'Round Midnight
    7. Stella By Starlight
    8. Blues In F
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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

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  • Waltz For Debby Waltz For Debby Quick View

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    Waltz For Debby

    Bill Evans Trio presents Waltz For Debby. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. My Foolish Heart
    2. Waltz For Debby
    3. Detour Ahead
    4. My Romance
    5. Some Other Time
    6. Milestones
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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
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    New Jazz Conceptions

    In 1956, Bill Evans was virtually unknown (it would be more than a year before he first gained notice as part of the celebrated Miles Davis Sextet). His initial album attracted little attention back then, but listening with hindsight it is easy to hear in these highly individual trio and solo treatments a clear prophecy of the rich inventiveness that so deeply influenced Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and an entire generation of jazz pianists.


    Originally released in 1956.


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    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 Trio
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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.


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    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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  • 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
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    New Jazz Conceptions

    Import


    Heavyweight 180gm direct metal mastered vinyl LP pressing with deluxe inner sleeve. Wax Time.


    New Jazz Conceptions was Bill Evans' first studio album recorded under his own name. However, by September 1956, at nearly 27-years old, he already had many studio recordings under his belt, and a lot of playing experience. The album primarily showcases Evans in a trio format, but also contains three solo piano tracks, one of which is Evans' earliest recording ever of his legendary composition Waltz for Debby. New Jazz Conceptions was well received by the jazz world, and mostly by his fellow musicians.

    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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  • 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
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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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    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
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    Making The Saint


    Other-worldly sounds of singular vision and exceptional
    beauty." - All About Jazz


    "Immersive meticulous and controlled." - New York
    Times



    Making The Saint is my third full-length record.


    I love small records. When I say "small record, I think of
    Sandy Bull's Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo, Bill Evans trio recordings at the Village Vanguard, Fripp &
    Eno's No Pussyfooting, or Thelonius Monk's Solo
    Monk. Each of these albums is simple. They're direct.


    Making The Saint is a small record too. I didn't belabor it.
    The recording and mixing came quickly. I followed my
    instincts.


    This album is also a spiritual retreat for me; a healthy and
    necessary separation after so many strong collaborations. If you're Sufist, you'd call this khalwa. In Japanese
    Zen Buddhism, it's called sesshin. The Santerian process of Asiento requires the initiate to dress in white
    garments and avoid physical contact for one year. Like
    so many have done before me, I forced myself into a
    state of inner solitude to find something new.


    I hope you enjoy it, and you experience something similar while listening.


    - Chris Schlarb

    1. Making The Saint
    2. Great Receiver
    3. The Fear of Death is the Birth of God
    4. My Foolish Heart
    Chris Schlarb
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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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    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
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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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
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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