Bill Evans 3 Classic Albums Import 3LP
Limited Edition Triple LP - Only 600 Copies!
Digitally Remastered For Vinyl!
This limited edition collection includes three classic Jazz albums: 'Sunday
At The Village Vanguard', 'Waltz For Debby' and 'Moon Beams'. Included are the
hits "My Man's Gone Now", "Glorias Step", "My Foolish Heart", "Waltz For
Debby", "If You Could See Me Now" and many more.
Bill Evans (August 16, 1929 September 15, 1980) was an American jazz pianist
and composer who mostly worked in a trio setting. 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. Many of his compositions, such as "Waltz for
Debby", have become standards and have been played and recorded by many artists.
His 1961 album 'Sunday At The Village Vanguard' is routinely ranked as one of
the best live jazz recordings of all time. The album was recorded live on June
25, 1961 at the Village Vanguard in New York City over five recorded sessions.
It is well remembered as the final performance by the Evans trio of the time,
which included bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. LaFaro was killed
in a car accident ten days after the recording. Evans and producer Orrin
Keepnews reportedly selected the tracks for 'Sunday At The Village Vanguard' to
best feature LaFaro's masterly performance on bass, beginning and ending with
two tracks ("Gloria's Step" and "Jade Visions") written by LaFaro himself, and
with all the others featuring solos by him. The album was included in Robert
Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Additional material from the same day's performance was released in a second
album, 'Waltz For Debby' (released in 1962). The title track, a musical portrait
of Evans's niece, became a staple of his live repertoire in later years. It
remains what is likely Evans's most well-known song, one that he would play
throughout his career. This album is widely considered to be one of the best in
the Evans canon, and the type of emotive interplay between the musicians that at
some points seemed almost deconstructed has served as a model for piano trio
play. Samuel Chell of All About Jazz wrote, "Along with bassist wunderkind
Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian, Evans perfected his democratic vision of
trio cooperation, where all members performed with perfect empathy and
telepathy... It is these performances, currently available as Sunday at The
Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby that comprise the number one best jazz live
recording in this present series."
'Moon Beams' (1962) was the first trio album recorded by Evans after the death
of Scott LaFaro. With Chuck Israels on bass taking the place of LaFaro, Evans
recorded several songs during these May and June 1962 sessions. 'Moon Beams'
contains a collection of ballads recorded during this period.
"Moonbeams was a startling return to the recording sphere and a major
advancement in his development as a leader." - Thom Jurek, allmusic.com
Limited Edition - 600 copies
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Sunday At The Village Vanguard - 1961
1. Gloria's Step (Take 2)
2. My Man's Gone Now
1. Alice In Wonderland (Take 2)
2. All Of You (Take 2)
3. Jade Visions (Take 2)
Waltz For Debby - 1961
1. My Foolish Heart
2. Waltz For Debby (Take 2)
3. Detour Ahead (Take 2)
1. My Romance (Take 1)
2. Some Other Time
1. Re: Person I Know
2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
3. I Fall In Love Too Easily
4. Stairway To The Stars
1. If You Could See Me Now
2. It Might As Well Be Spring
3. In Love In Vain
4. Very Early