Track Selection: Minority
Bill Evans (p) Sam Jones (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded NYC, December 15, 1958
Only Evans second album as leader, a tantalising prequel to the early Sixties recordings of Waltz for Debby and the Village Vanguard sessions. At this early time Evans was recording mainly as a sideman with Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley and Art Farmer, still finding his feet. The intelligent presence of Paul Motian and the telepathic communication with Lafaro was still a year away, however the two Jones’s contribution is solid, and gives Evans all the space to shine.
Vinyl: UK Riverside 12-291 mono, DECCA pressing
The idea of a trio as a partnership of musical equals had not yet found its place in recording thinking. Perhaps the Riverside engineer was expecting a conventional piano with rhythm section. Philly Joe’s drum kit sounds recorded with one mike pointing in his general direction, rather than treating the drum kit as a number of different instruments, and Sam Jones’ bass is also rather more supporting than in the foreground. So you get lots and lots of Bill Evans, which is nice too.
That gold cover is something else. Just in case you weren’t sure of Bill Evans piano credentials, you get Miles Davis leading the testimonials. All that is missing is the well-known fact that nine out of ten cats who expressed a preference prefer Bill Evans.
A more expensive purchase than expected, on account of one sniper more than doubling the price in the closing seconds. Up until that second, it was looking a bargain. It happens.
The Everyone Digs record seems to come to market less frequently than some of Bill’s others, and it is not uncommon for the US Riverside Stereo to command four figures. . Nosing through some Bill Evans successful bidders recent histories, instead of the usual wall to wall vinyl purchases, I found one with nothing but motor parts, and another with nothing but women’s clothing. Seems Bill Evans followers are a different demographic to the usual vinyl Boppers. Possibly even different gender, though with eBayers, you never can be sure.
As I discovered recently, Ebay sellers are often not all who they appear either. One bizarre exchange of emails recently with a seller called Belinda turned out to be an Albert according to their email, but who signed themselves as Norman, while eBay seller “KateyBluenotes” turned out to be a dour Scotsman, John. You never can tell.