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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.


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    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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  • 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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  • The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 Quick View

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    The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961


    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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  • 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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  • The Paris Concert: Edition One The Paris Concert: Edition One Quick View

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    The Paris Concert: Edition One


    Numbered, Limited Edition! Pressed at RTI!


    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Masters!


    Edition One 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 first edition of the two includes Gershwin's I Loves You Porgy, Rodgers & Hart's My Romance and Paul Simon's I Do It For Your Love.


    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.


    With bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe La Barbera, Evans had one of the strongest trios of his career... -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. I Do It For Your Love
    2. Quiet Now
    3. Noelle's Theme
    4. My Romance
    5. I Loves You Porgy
    6. Up With the Lark
    7. All Mine (Minha)
    8. Beautiful Love
    9. Excerpts of a Conversation Between Bill and Harry Evans
    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

    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

    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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  • 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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    Chet

    Includes Bonus Track!


    Every musician has his area of expertise and for Chet Baker that area was the ballad. Therefore, this album dedicated entirely to ballads, gives listeners a chance to hear Baker doing what he does bestand when Chet Baker does what he does best, he does it better than any other trumpet player in the history of jazz. For this session, recorded on 30 December 1958 at NYCs Reeves Sound Studios, the poster child of West Coast cool jazz (who had just turned 29) assembled a superlative East Coast sextet that featured the unusual front-line combination of flute (Herbie Mann), trumpet (Baker) and baritone (Pepper Adams), departing occasionally from this format, however, to showcase the guitar playing of Kenny Burrell. Pianist Bill Evans, Philly Joe Jones (drums), Paul Chambers (bass), all well-known for their association with Miles Davis, and all some of the top names in jazz are also featured here, along with drummer Connie Kay of the Modern Jazz Quartet. This album represents some of the last studio work Baker did before emigrating permanently to Europe. It also includes one of Bakers own compositions, Early Morning Mood, recorded at the same studio and with the same line-up on 19 January 1959, as a bonus track.

    Side A:
    1. Alone Together
    2. How High The Moon
    3. It Never Entered My Mind
    4.Tis Autumn
    5. If You Could See Me Now


    Side B:

    1. September Song
    2. Youd Be So Nice To Come Home To
    3. Time On My Hands
    4. You And The Night And The Music
    5. Early Morning Good

    Chet Baker
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  • On A Monday Evening (Awaiting Repress) On A Monday Evening (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    On A Monday Evening (Awaiting Repress)

    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
    Bill Evans Trio
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  • Bill Evans Bill Evans Quick View

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    Bill Evans

    Bill Evans is an album by Paul Motian on the German JMT label. It was released in 1990 and features nine compositions by Motian's former employer Bill Evans performed by Motian with Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and Marc Johnson.
    1. Show-Type Tune
    2. Turn Out the Stars
    3. Walkin' Up
    4. Very Early
    5. Five
    6. Time Remembered
    7. 34 Skidoo
    8. RE: Person I Knew
    9. Children's Play Song
    Paul Motian
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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
    Bill Evans Trio
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    Portrait In Jazz

    Bill Evans presents Portrait In Jazz. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    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. Someday My Prince Will Come
    9. Blue In Green
    10. Autumn Leaves
    Bill Evans
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  • Know What I Mean? (Bonus Track) Know What I Mean? (Bonus Track) Quick View

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    Know What I Mean? (Bonus Track)

    Import
    1. Waltz For Debby
    2. Goodbye
    3. Who Cares?
    4. Venice
    5. Toy
    6. Elsa
    7. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
    8. Know What I Mean?
    9. Toy (alt take)*


    *Bonus track

    Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans
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  • Everybody Digs Bill Evans Everybody Digs Bill Evans Quick View

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    Everybody Digs Bill Evans

    Minority
    Young and Foolish
    Lucky To Be Me
    Night and Day
    Epilogue
    Tenderly
    Peace Piece
    What Is There To Say?
    Oleo
    Epilogue
    Bill Evans
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  • New Jazz Conceptions New Jazz Conceptions Quick View

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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.

    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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  • 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
    Bill Evans Trio
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  • East Coasting (Pure Pleasure) East Coasting (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    East Coasting (Pure Pleasure)

    Charles Mingus is usually known for his wild, soulful and avant-garde compositions. East Coasting is mellow by comparison, but it still cooks on a musical level. The Mingus touches are there; the trombone, drummer Danny Richmond and of course the dark emotional undercurrent looms large, too. The personnel are all Mingus regulars, except for pianist Bill Evans, who would not be described as 'soulful' in the traditional sense, but his introverted and sensitive style works well with Mingus's music. His playing on West Coast Ghost (the album's stand-out track) and Celia are two examples of Evans' ability to understand an artist's musical vision and play accordingly in his own beautifully original style.East Coasting sounds like the prototypical 1950s jazz recording. It's something one would hear in an attic converted to a bedroom where an artist or lonely soul might live. It's what a lot of people might believe Jazz would or should sound like. Highly recommended to Jazz lovers and perhaps more importantly to young people who have just been blown away by Kerouac's novel On The Road and have become interested in exploring Jazz. East Coasting will allow them to get a taste of lost creative America.



    Musicians:



    • Charles Mingus (bass)

    • Clarence Shaw (trumpet)

    • Jimmy Knepper (trombone)

    • Shafi Hadi (tenor saxophone, alto saxophone)

    • Bill Evans (piano)

    • Dannie Richmond (drums)




    Recording: August 1957 in New York City




    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. Memories Of You
    2. East Coasting
    3. West Coast Ghost
    4. Celia
    5. Conversation
    6. Fifty-First Street Blues
    Charles Mingus
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    Blues And The Abstract Truth

    As Oliver Nelson is known primarily as a big band leader and arranger, he is lesser known as a saxophonist and organizer of small ensembles. Blues And The Abstract Truth is his triumph as a musician for the aspects of not only defining the sound of an era with his all-time classic "Stolen Moments," but on this recording, assembling one of the most potent modern jazz sextets ever. Lead trumpeter Freddie Hubbard is at his peak of performance, while alto saxophonists Nelson and Eric Dolphy (Nelson doubling on tenor) team to for an unlikely union that was simmered to perfection. Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Roy Haynes (drums) can do no wrong as a rhythm section. 


    "With Analogue Productions' new 45 rpm vinyl pressing of Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth, we finally have a reissue of this great album that's worth buying...A few 'audiophile' reissues have come out over the years, in vinyl and aluminum, but this is the first that comes close to the wondrous sonics of the original black-and-orange pressing." - Fred Kaplan, Stereophile



    The Blues and the Abstract Truth is one of my favorite jazz recordings. What a group of heavy-weight performers! Besides Oliver Nelson on tenor sax, you've got the incomparable Bill Evans on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Paul Chambers on bass, Roy Haynes on drums, and Eric Dolphy on flute and alto sax. This is the jazz equivalent of a super-group." - Jim Hannon, AVguide.com


    "...Let me cut to the chase here and recommend that you buy two copies - one to enjoy and the other to hold for resale, because some day Acoustic Sounds' license will run out and lots of jazz fans will be kicking themselves for not buying a copy. Kevin Gray has turned out a perfect remastering job and this is my choice for reissue of the year." Recording = 10/10; Music = 10/10 - Dennis Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 68



    Originally released in 1961.

     

    Musicians:


    • Oliver Nelson, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

    • George Barrow, baritone saxophone

    • Paul Chambers, bass

    • Eric Dolphy, flute, alto saxophone

    • Bill Evans, piano

    • Roy Haynes, drums

    • Freddie Hubbard, trumpet


    Stolen Moments
    Hoe-Down
    Cascades
    Yearnin'
    Butch And Butch
    Teenie's Blues
    Oliver Nelson
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    Limited direct metal mastered 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this album from the Jazz great.


    With the passage of time, Bill Evans has become an entire school unto himself for pianists and a singular mood unto himself for listeners. There is no more influential jazz-oriented pianist -- only McCoy Tyner exerts nearly as much pull among younger players and journeymen -- and Evans has left his mark on such noted players as Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau. Borrowing heavily from the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel, Evans brought a new, introverted, relaxed, lyrical, European classical sensibility into jazz -- and that seems to have attracted a lot of young conservatory-trained pianists who follow his chord voicings to the letter in clubs and on stages everywhere. Indeed, classical pianists like Jean-Yves Thibaudet have recorded note-for-note transcriptions of Evans' performances, bringing out the direct lineage with classical composers. In interviews, Evans often stressed that pianists should thoroughly learn technique and harmony so that they can put their inspiration to maximum use. Since he already had those tools in hand, he worked very hard on his touch, getting the special, refined tone that he wanted out of a piano. He also tried to democratize the role of the bassist and drummer in his succession of piano trios, encouraging greater contrapuntal interplay.


    - Richard S. Ginell (All Music Guide)

    1. Re: Person I Knew
    2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
    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
    9. Gymnopedie
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    LP 1 - Portrait In Jazz


    1. Come Rain Or Come Shine
    2. Autumn Leaves (Take 1)
    3. Witchcraft
    4. When I Fall In Love
    5. Peri's Scope
    6. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    7. Spring Is Here
    8. Someday My Prince Will Come
    9. Blue In Green (Take 3)


    LP 2 - Everybody Digs Bill Evans


    1. Minority
    2. Young And Foolish
    3. Lucky To Be Me
    4. Night And Day
    5. Epilogue
    6. Tenderly
    7. Peace Piece
    8. What Is There To Say?
    9. Oleo

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    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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    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

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    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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