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  • On A Monday Evening On A Monday Evening Quick View

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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
    Bill Evans Trio
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sunday At The Village Vanguard Sunday At The Village Vanguard Quick View

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    Sunday At The Village Vanguard

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


    *Bonus Track

    Bill Evans
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  • Waltz For Debby Waltz For Debby Quick View

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    Waltz For Debby

    Import


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

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


    *Bonus Track

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Quintessence (Pre-Order) Quintessence (Pre-Order) Quick View

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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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  • Kind Of Blue (Box Set) Kind Of Blue (Box Set) Quick View

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    Kind Of Blue (Box Set)

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


    Best-Selling Album in Jazz History Receives the Prestigious Mobile Fidelity Treatment: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes


    Mobile Fidelity 180 gram 45RPM 2LP Box Set is Definitive Analog Version and Intended to Be Passed on to Generations


    If Theres a Stairway to Heaven, This is the Soundtrack: Epochal 1959 Record the Mt. Rushmore of Jazz Sessions


    Dream Team of Davis, Adderley, Coltrane, Evans, Kelly, Chambers, Cobb Make History


    How does one properly introduce an epochal record? Perhaps by unequivocally stating that it is the best-selling jazz album in history. Or by affirming that, every year, it sells tens of thousands of copies more than five decades after its original release. Theres also the matter of its status as the most-referenced, and arguably, most important, jazz recording of all-time. And the Dream Team lineup of Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb. Yes, Kind of Blue is utterly inimitable.


    Part of Mobile Fidelity's Miles Davis catalog restoration series, the landmark has been given the ultimate white-gloves treatment. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, and pressed on 45RPM LPs at RTI, this sumptuous box set of the often-reissued album is a must for even fans that already possess multiple versions. Such is the illuminating transparency, reference dynamics, organic warmth, and instrumental detail exposed by the thoroughly scrupulous mastering process. If theres a stairway to heaven, this is the soundtrack.


    In its three-decade-plus history, Mobile Fidelity has never been prouder to have the honor of handling efforts as important as Davis key recordings. Its why the labels engineers took every available measure to transport listeners to the March and April 1959 sessions that parlayed modal jazz into mainstream language. The blueprint for melodic improvisation and vamping, Kind of Blue simplifies tonal organization and chordal progression into an eminently beautiful, introspective tapestry stitched with swinging poetry, mellifluous soloing, compositional lyricism, transcendental harmonies, and group interplay of the highest caliber.


    While no one has ever completely identified the magic behind the records allurethe otherworldly nature is part of its inherent charmmuch of the success lies with the band members. Davis intentionally handpicked these musicians to comprise this particular cast, with everyone from former foil Evans to blues maestro Kelly to percussive genius Cobb interacting and reacting with peerless skill.


    An audiophile favorite from the day it was issued, Kind of Blue takes on nirvanic sonic proportions via Mobile Fidelitys reissue. The expressive warmth, imaging clarity, frequency extension, and window-on-the-world breadth afforded by this new edition places music lovers right in the studio with the sextet. Close your eyes and, no matter how many times you may have heard it before, your experience will parallel that of the players that recorded these gems. Everyone shares in the excitement of not knowing what will happen and, as the music begins to lie out in front of you, youll feel as if youve been whisked away to a jazz holy land. Quintessential.



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    1. So What
    2. Freddie Freeloader
    3. Blue in Green
    4. All Blues
    5. Flamenco Sketches
    Miles Davis
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  • Moon Beams Moon Beams Quick View

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    Moon Beams

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

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    The Complete Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Recordings

    Includes 12 Page Booklet With Rare Photos and Liner Notes


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

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


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


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


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

    Tony Bennett & Bill Evans
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  • Great Jazz Standards (Pure Pleasure) Great Jazz Standards (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Great Jazz Standards (Pure Pleasure)

    Great Jazz Standards was recorded when Evans was red-hot from two successes with Miles Davis, Miles Ahead and Porgy And Bess.
    Evans' signature brass choir is in place - creatively voiced, spaciously arranged, a supple, multi-coloured, sonically surprising counterpoint to a succession of superb soloists. The added bonus, for Evans' projects, is the foregrounding of saxophone and clarinet soloists Steve Lacy and Budd Johnson.
    Lacy and the original swing-to-bop missing link, Johnson, are the ones who will make the hair on your neck curl. Lacy's solos on Monk's Straight No Chaser and John Lewis' Django must be some of the finest pre-free improvisations he recorded, already heading from quirky to out-there. Johnson's clarinet solo on Don Redman's spooky, swing-meets-whole tone classic, Chant Of The Weed, and slow-burning, stirring tenor solo on Evans' La Nevada are some of the finest the all-but-forgotten genius ever recorded. Trumpeter Johnny Coles, has the inevitable misfortune of being compared to Miles Davis and being found to be ... different. Sunny, open and extroverted, he may not be a stylist of Davis' proportions, but he's an enjoyable alternative foil for Evans' arrangements.
    A magnificent but neglected album, and still coming up fresh as daisies.




    Musicians:



    • Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone, clarinet)

    • Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone)

    • Al Block (woodwinds)

    • Johnny Coles, Allen Smith (trumpet)

    • Jimmy Cleveland (trombone)

    • Bill Barber (tuba)

    • Gil Evans (piano)

    • Chuck Wayne (guitar)

    • Dick Carter (bass)

    • Elvin Jones (drums)



    Recording: February 1959

    Production: Richard Bock




    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.



    Gil Evans
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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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  • The Bill Evans Album (Speakers Corner) The Bill Evans Album (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Bill Evans Album (Speakers Corner)

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


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


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

    Musicians:



    • Bill Evans (piano, electric piano

    • Eddie Gomez (bass)

    • Marty Morrell (drums)




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

    Production: Helen Keane




    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



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



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



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


    1. Funkallero
    2. The Two Lonely People
    3. Sugar Plum
    4. Waltz For Debby
    5. T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune)
    6. Re: Person I Knew
    7. Comrade Conrad
    Bill Evans
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    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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    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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    Originally released in 1962 on the Riverside label, Interplay features piano giant Bill Evans at his gently swinging best. The band is beyond stellar; Percy Heath and Philly Joe Jones complete the rhythm section, while Jim Hall's guitar and Freddie Hubbard's trumpet round out the sessions. This set is a bit of a departure from his usual trio recordings of the time, but the results are no less fantastic. A classic LP from arguably the greatest jazz pianist of all time, reissued with the original liner notes on 180 gram vinyl.
    1. You and the Night and the Music
    2. When You Wish Upon a Star
    3. I'll Never Smile Again
    4. Interplay
    5. You Go to My Head
    6. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
    Bill Evans Trio
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    Polka Dots & Moonbeams

    Import


    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
    Bill Evans
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    Explorations

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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    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
    Bill Evans Trio
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