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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
1. My Romance (Take 1)
2. Some Other Time
4. Gloria's Step (Take 2)
5. My Man's Gone Now
6. All Of You (Take 2)
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)
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$99.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Audiophile 180g, 45rpm Vinyl
• Double LP, Gatefold Packaging
• Pressed at RTI!
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman from Original Masters
Bill Evans, piano
Marc Johnson, bass
Joe LaBarbera, drums
Recorded by Radio France at L'espace Cardin in Paris, France on November 26, 1979.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Re: Person I Knew
2. Gary's Theme
3. Letter to Evan
4. 34 Skidoo
7. Interview (Excerpts of a conversation between Bill and Harry Evans)$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
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$38.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-RIV-1014xBill Evans Trio
Waltz For DebbyRecorded 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
Some Other Time
Milestones$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
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
6. How Deep is The Ocean?
7. I Wish I Knew
8. Sweet And Lovely
9. The Boy Next Door*
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
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
3. Second Time Around
4. A Child Is Born
5. Bass Face$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
UNIM-RIV-8812xBill Evans Trio
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
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$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
You Must Believe In SpringImport
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$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sunday At The Village VanguardFew 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
4. Alice in Wonderland
5. All Of You
6. Jade Visions$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
On A Monday EveningLive 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$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New Jazz ConceptionsA 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
3. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
5. Easy Living
7. Speak Low
8. Waltz for Debby
9. Our Delight
10. My Romance
11. No Cover, No Minimum$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-0302xBill Evans Trio
At Shelly's Manne-HoleAt 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$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Waltz For DebbyImport
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
7. I Loves You Porgy*
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Waltz For DebbyBill 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$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-0494xBill Evans Trio
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
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$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
The Bill Evans Album (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)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.
- 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$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
UNIM-RIV-3412xBill Evans Trio
Moon Beams1. 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$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-1362xBill Evans Trio
ExplorationsExplorations 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
6. How Deep Is The Ocean
7. Wish I Knew
8. Sweet And Lovely$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
EmpathyMastered 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
6. I Believe In You$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - Sealed Buy Now
Making The Saint
Other-worldly sounds of singular vision and exceptional
beauty." - All About Jazz
"Immersive meticulous and controlled." - New York
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
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 Schlarb1. Making The Saint
2. Great Receiver
3. The Fear of Death is the Birth of God
4. My Foolish Heart$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Conversations With MyselfThat 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 Bartlett1. '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$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UndercurrentUndercurrent 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
5. Skating in Central Park
6. Darn That Dream$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Interplay (Awaiting Repress)One of Bill Evans' only recordings issued during his pivotal early years (1956-1964) without his trio. Adding trumpet and guitar to create an unusual quintet alignment, concentrating on standard tunes, and with brighter tempos than are generally associated with his playing, it is a uniquely valuable addition to the catalog of perhaps the most important pianist in modern jazz. With Freddie Hubbard, Jim Hall, Percy Heath and Philly Joe Jones.1. You and the Night and the Music
2. When You Wish upon a Star
3. I'll Never Smile Again [take 7; original take]
4. I'll Never Smile Again [take 6]
6. You Go to My Head
7. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now