Bill Evans’ return to full activity in 1962 came almost a year after his
celebrated trio recordings at the Village Vanguard. Just ten days after that
classic “live” session, bassist Scott LaFaro had died in a highway accident.
Evans, deeply shaken, eventually reformed his trio with the same drummer (Paul
Motian) and Chuck Israels on bass. Their first visit to a studio was for a dual
purpose: to make an all-ballad-tempo album, Moonbeams, and this “normal” set at
the same time. It was producer Orrin Keepnews’ thought that recording eight slow
numbers in a row might prove unduly enervating; accordingly, the total two-album
repertoire was interspersed over three days of recording and the net result was
two excellent additions to the Evans catalog.
• Vinyl LP
Bill Evans, piano
Chuck Israels, bass
Paul Motian, drums
1. How My Heart Sings
2. I Should Care
3. In Your Own Sweet Way (take 1)
4. Walking Up
6. 34 Skidoo
7. Ev'rything I Love
8. Show-Type Tune
Recorded May 17, May 29, and June 5, 1962 in New York.