Bill Evans At The Montreux Jazz Festival 180g LP
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the December 2010 Issue of Stereophile!
Audiophile ears listening to these tracks will be surprised by the unique
musical empathy of this piano-bass-percussion trio. This is also unusual given
the fact that the Casino in Montreux is not exactly famous for its acoustics.
Longtime jazz fans will discover previously unheard nuances in the interplay,
and newer fans, who have come to love jazz through the music of Esbjörn Svensson
or Brad Mehldau in particular, will surely be amazed that such excellent and
popular live numbers were recorded and pressed in vinyl in 1968.
All the titles are full of fire and elegance, are rich in harmony, surprising
twists and turns of rhythm and complicated changes of tempo. Eddie Gomez, who
had been a member of the trio for two years at the time of recording, is far
more than just a new face; and the drummer Jack DeJohnette, who often seems
surprised by the changes, is an ideal partner for Bill Evans. The aggressiveness
of the bass sound leads the introverted Bill Evans to new pastures: sometimes
his playing is even full of exuberance and joy, as is particularly apparent in
the 'children’s song' "Someday My Prince Will Come", where he creates a more
mellow mood than is found on other recordings.
The audience at this 1968 Montreux Jazz Festival concert was fully aware of the
intensity of the interplay between the musicians and leapt from their seats to
applaud frenetically, which both surprised and inspired the three. All in all,
this is an outstanding production, especially now that the sound has been
enhanced to satisfy today’s discerning listener.
Bill Evans, piano
Eddie Gomez, bass
Jack DeJohnette, drums
• 180g Virgin Vinyl
• Standard Sleeve
• High Quality Pressing
• Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
1. One For Helen
2. A Sleepin' Bee
3. Mother Of Earl
5. I Loves You Porgy
6. The Touch Of Your Lips
7. Embraceable You
8. Someday My Prince Will Come
9. Walkin' Up
Recorded June 1968, at the Casino de Montreux, Switzerland.