Vinyl LP Reissue!
Alternative Fox presents a reissue of Bill Evans's Conversations With Myself,
originally released in 1963. The inventive and expressive pianist Bill Evans
made significant and lasting impact in the jazz realm during a career that
stretched from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey
in 1929, his father's alcoholism caused a disrupted childhood, though his
musical talent was spotted early, leading to a scholarship at the Southeastern
Louisiana University and the Mannes School of Music, where he majored in
composition. Moving to New York in the mid-50s to work with George Russell,
Evans's breakthrough came via his membership of Miles Davis's sextet, where his
intense and melodic playing helped make Kind of Blue (1959) an outstanding
landmark, during a time when he was also contributing to Chet Baker's
self-titled LP. Evans formed a popular trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian,
which was cut short after LaFaro tragically died in a car crash, leading to the
creation of a new trio with Chuck Israels. Then, following collaborative albums
with Cannonball Adderley, Eric Dolphy, Shelly Mann, Jim Hall, and others, Evans
recorded the concept album Conversations With Myself for Verve Records.
Produced in a permissive atmosphere with Creed Taylor and engineer Ray Hall in
February 1963 and subtitled A Searching Look into the Genius of Bill Evans, the
album features a multi-tracked Evans playing only with himself on piano, with
each track featuring an improvised second and third piano line, overdubbed atop
what Evans laid down first.
Reconstructed renditions of Thelonious Monk's "'Round About Midnight" and "Blue
Monk" give way to "Theme From Spartacus" and Evans' own "NYC's No Lark". This
reissue features two bonus tracks, the first a re-organized take of Monk's "Bemsha
Swing", the second a rendition of the Broadway show tune, "A Sleepin' Bee".
• Vinyl LP
• UK Import
1. 'Round Midnight
02. How About You?
03. Spartacus Love Theme
04. Blue Monk
05. Stella By Starlight
06. Hey, There
07. N.Y.C.'s No Lark
08. Just You, Just Me
09. Bemsha Swing
10. A Sleepin' Bee