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Numbered, Limited Edition 200 Gram, 45rpm 2LP Set!
Only the 1st 1,000 Copies are Numbered!
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound & Cut from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
A major Jazz meeting! Outstanding drummer Shelly Mann and brilliant jazz pianist
Bill Evans combine with the sensitive bass playing of Monty Budwig in a program
of superb improvisation.
This album came about through a fortuitous convergence of circumstances. Shelly
Manne & His Men were appearing at New York's Village Vanguard, sharing the bill
with the Bill Evans Trio. Getting Riverside's permission to let the pianist
participate, Creed Taylor set up a session at Rudy Van Gelder's studio with
Evans and Manne sharing top billing. Manne's bass player, Monty Budwig, made up
the trio. This was a busman's holiday for Evans, who was freed from the musical
parameters he had set for his then-current trio.
The result is that his playing seemed lighter, freer, and more relaxed than it
had for a while. The album kicks off with a jaunty version of Irving Berlin's
"The Washington Twist" from the unsuccessful Mr. President with Budwig sharing
the honors with Evans as much as Manne. Manne spends most of his time driving
Evans into more diminished and sharper playing than was usually Evans' wont.
Another relatively unfamiliar Berlin work, "Let's Go Back to the Waltz," gives
full reign to Evans' lyricism. The longest tune on the set is an audacious,
almost lampooned version of "With a Song in My Heart" with light chordal
phrasing that pretty much characterized much of the tone coming from this
session. Listening to these three, it's clear that everyone was having a good
time and simply enjoying being relieved of their duties with their regular
combos, even if for just one day. Empathy - Dave Nathan
"...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen!" Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011
Recorded in New York City, NY August 14, 1962.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Only the 1st 1,000 Copies are Numbered!
• Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound!
• Cut from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
• 200 Gram, 45rpm 2LP
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Gatefold Jacket
Bill Evans, piano
Monty Budwig, bass
Shelly Manne, drums
1. The Washington Twist
2. Danny Boy
3. Let's Go Back to The Waltz
4. With a Song In My Heart
6. I Believe In You