Shelly Manne & Bill Evans With Monty Budwig Empathy Hybrid Stereo SACD
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
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
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound!
• Cut from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
• Original Verve Label Recording
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