Bill Evans Jim Hall: Undercurrent (1962) Toshiba-EMI

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A tale of the pursuit of one recording, the search for the best pressing, and a few lessons learned along the way. Prepare for a deep dive, and beware of currents. The story so far… In the early ’60s, United Artists … Continue reading

Bill Evans: New Jazz Conceptions (1956) Riverside

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Selection: Five (Theme) Artists Bill Evans (piano) Teddy Kotick (bass) Paul Motian (drums) recorded Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, September 18 and 27, 1956 Music Although a critical success that gained positive reviews, New Jazz Conceptions was not  initially a success, … Continue reading

Gary McFarland Orchestra/ Bill Evans (1963) Verve UK

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Selection: Misplaced Cowpoke (320kbps mp3)  Artists Phil Woods (clarinet) Spencer Sinatra (alto saxophone, flute) Julian Barber, Allan Goldberg (viola) Aaron Juvelier, Joseph Tekula (cello) Gary McFarland (vibraphone, arranger, conductor) Bill Evans (piano) Jim Hall (guitar) Richard Davis (bass) Ed Shaughnessy … Continue reading

Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” UK shootout: Fontana 1st vs CBS 2nd issue.

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Last updated: November 5, 2016 (photos and text) Above, UK CBS pressing. It is conventional wisdom that earlier pressings are closer to the source  and should sound better. Below, first cover  UK release on Fontana. The opportunity arose to put this conventional wisdom to … Continue reading

Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings! (1962) Riverside

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Track Selection 1: Summertime … Track Selection 2: Show-Type Tune Artists Bill Evans (p) Chuck Israels (b) Paul Motian (d) recorded NYC, May 17 &29, 5th June , 1962 recording engineer Bill Shwartau Music Taken from the same sessions which … Continue reading

Bill Evans, Jim Hall: Undercurrent (1962) United Artists

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Track Selection: My Funny Valentine Artists: Bill Evans (p) Jim Hall (g) recorded at Sound Makers, NYC,  April 24 and May 14, 1962 sound engineer: Bill Shwartau Music: A triumph for Bill Evans and Jim Hall, another exercise in telepathic communion, … Continue reading

Bill Evans Interplay (1962) Riverside US

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  Previously posted as UK Riverside copy September 29th 2011. Now, nine months later, “upgraded” to US pressing, though still only mono. Track Selection 1 (as original post but the US pressing) Interplay (Evans) Track Selection 2 (new): When You Wish Apon a … Continue reading

Cannonball Adderley / Bill Evans: Know What I Mean (1961)

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Track selection 1.Waltz for Debby (Evans) Track Selection 2. Know What I Mean (Evans) Artists Cannonball Adderley (as) Bill Evans (p) Percy Heath (b) Connie Kay (d) recorded NYC, January 27, February 21 and March 13, 1961 Music Dream Team, … Continue reading

Bill Evans A Simple Matter of Conviction (1966)

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Capture The Flag!! New competition! Which is better: British or American? Head-to-head, a War of Independence Rematch, British versus US pressing.  The scientific test, a Bill Evans recording from 1966, the rather beautiful “A simple Matter of Conviction” on Verve. For reasons … Continue reading

Bill Evans “Portrait in Jazz” (1960) UK Riverside

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At last! An upgrade, to an original 1960 pressing (UK Riverside)  from my previous Orpheum US reissue 1966 Track Selection: Witchcraft Artists: Bill Evans (p) Scott LaFaro (b) Paul Motian (d) recorded NYC, December 28, 1959 three days before the turn of the … Continue reading

Charles Mingus “East Coasting” (1957)

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Track Selection: West Coast Ghost (My thanks to Felix Strange for helping choose my first post back after Easter. I had forgotten how good this record is) 🙂 Artists Clarence Shaw (tp) Jimmy Knepper (tb) Curtis Porter (as, ts) Bill Evans … Continue reading

Bill Evans “Everybody Digs Bill Evans” (1958)

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Track Selection: Minority Artists Bill Evans (p) Sam Jones (b)  Philly Joe Jones (d)  recorded NYC, December 15, 1958 Music 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 … Continue reading

Bill Evans “Waltz For Debby” (1961) updated

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Track Selection: Waltz for Debby Artists Bill Evans (p) Scott LaFaro (b) Paul Motian (d) Live recording at the “Village Vanguard”, NYC, matinee and soiree, June 25, 1961. (Like the French? Enchanté It’s so charming) Music It is a live performance. You … Continue reading

Bill Evans Trio “Sunday at the Village Vanguard” (1961)

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Track Selection: “Solar” Artists Bill Evans (p) Scott LaFaro (b), Paul Motian (d) recorded live at the Village Vanguard on June 25, 1961, Music Tune in to the communication between piano and bass and drums.Simultaneous improvisation within a melodic structure, the ultimate … Continue reading

Bill Evans Trio “Portrait in Jazz” (1960) Orpheum

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Track Selection: “Autumn Leaves”   > Bill Evans (p) Scott La Faro (b) Paul Motian (d)  Reeves Sound Studios, New York; December 28, 1959 , eight months after recording with Miles Davis on “Kind of Blue”. Extraordinary musical craftsmanship, a recording … Continue reading

Oliver Nelson “The Blues and the Abstract Truth” (1961)

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Track Selection: “Stolen Moments” (8:45)  I> Read the line-up and weep: Oliver Nelson (as,ts) Eric Dolphy (as,f) George Barrow (bar/s) Freddie Hubbard (t) Bill Evans (p) Paul Chambers (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded February 1961. I ask, why haven’t I heard … Continue reading

Bill Evans: “Explorations” (1961) Riverside/UK

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Selection:  Israel (John Carisi) Artists: Bill Evans (piano) Scott LaFaro (bass) Paul Motian (drums) recorded NYC, February 2, 1961 Music: Evans reinterpretation of the tune “Israel” for trio is sheer artistry. The tune, written by Trumpeter Johnny Carisi, first appeared on Miles Davis “Birth of the Cool”.  To … Continue reading

Bill Evans “Bill Evans” (1962)

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Track Selection: “I fall in Love Too Easily”  > Artists Bill Evans (p)  Chuck Israels (b) Paul Motian (d) Music Someone recently introduced me to jazz piano, through Hampton Hawes. Pleasantly surprised that not all piano trios sound like hotel foyer … Continue reading

Julian Adderley Quintet “Portrait of Cannonball” (1958)

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Track Selection: “Straight Life” (Julian Adderley) Artists Blue Mitchell (tp) Cannonball Adderley (as) Bill Evans (p) Sam Jones (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, July 1, 1958 Music High on his success with the Miles Davis Sextet, Adderley’s first … Continue reading

Bill Evans “Interplay” (1962)

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Track Selection: “Interplay” Artists Freddie Hubbard (tp) Bill Evans (p) Jim Hall (g) Percy Heath (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)NYC, July 16, 1962 Music If unconfined simultaneous group improvisation – Free Jazz – marks one end of the jazz spectrum, then … Continue reading