This double album includes 93 minutes of never before heard captivating studio recordings by pianist Bill Evans in solo, duo and trio settings and is only the second release —(and the only studio album) to feature the short-lived Bill Evans Trio with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Eddie Gomez. Recently unearthed, these tracks were taken from a session in June 1968, only five days after the trio’s triumphant performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Recorded by Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer (HGBS) and Joachim-Ernst Brendt in Germany, these songs were originally intended for the legendary MPS label but for some reason were never released. It’s a remarkable document of an under-represented period in the career of one of the icons of jazz.
Bill Evans – Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest (1968/2016) FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 1:33:40 minutes | 3,05 GB | Genre: Jazz Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ 2xHD – Naxos
Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest is a newly unearthed studio session from the iconic pianist Bill Evans featuring bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Recorded on June 20, 1968, nearly 10 years after the legendary Kind of Blue sessions with Miles Davis and a mere five days after the trio’s incredible Grammy award-winning performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, this is truly a landmark discovery for jazz listeners worldwide. Available in deluxe 2-CD and limited edition 2-LP sets, and containing over 90 minutes of music, this is the only studio album in existence of the Bill Evans trio with Gomez and DeJohnette. Some Other Time was recorded by the legendary MPS Records founder and producer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer along with writer/producer Joachim-Ernst Berendt at the MPS studios in the Black Forest (Villingen, Germany). (more…)
Few albums in the history of contemporary American music can be more deserving than this one of the designation Original Jazz Classic. It is the first of two Riverside albums derived from the legendary final appearance of the first Bill Evans trio – taped during the last day of a Village Vanguard engagement, barely ten days before the tragic death of bassist Scott LaFaro. The recordings have long been recognized as capturing the essence of the unique three-way interaction that characterized the trio. This album is further distinguished by its emphasis on the solo work and compositions of the innovative LaFaro.
Bill Evans was left reeling by the accidental death of his brilliant bassist Scott LaFaro in mid-1961 and didn’t feel ready to record with his new bassist until nearly a year later. When he did go into the studio in May and June of 1962 with Chuck Israels and drummer Paul Motian, the “second trio” produced material for two albums that were to be among Evans’s most popular. Moonbeams includes ballad material from the sessions. The rest of the music from the sessions is in How My Heart Sings! In Moonbeams, Evans did some of his most introspective playing, his sense of loss apparent but relieved by Israels’s power and empathy. “Polka Dots and Moonbeams,” “If You Could See Me Now,” and the others represent Evans at his best, his lyricism underlaid with rhythmic firmness even in the extraordinarily slow “In Love in Vain.”
Bill Evans – New Conversations (1978/2011) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 46:12 minutes | 1,53 GB | Genre: Jazz Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Rhino/Warner Bros
This amazing showcase of jazz piano is generally regarded as the best of Evans’series. “Reflections in D” will leave you spellbound. Thankfully this album was masterfully mixed and recorded, enabling a beautiful, pristine-quality experience as an HD remaster. (more…)
Bill Evans Trio – Waltz for Debby (1961/2011) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 65:59 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Jazz Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Original Jazz Classics
A truly landmark jazz recording, 1961’s Waltz for Debby redefined the possibilities of the piano trio. Scott LaFaro’s ultra-melodic bass-work, Paul Motian’s fluid drumming, Evans’ virtuosic, impressionistic playing and the trio’s nearly telepathic interplay set a standard that has yet to be exceeded. This hi-res remastering adds new depth and warmth to an already essential audiophile live set. (more…)
Bill Evans Trio – We Will Meet Again (1979/2011) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 61:49 minutes | 2,05 GB | Genre: Jazz Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Rhino/Warner Bros.
Bill Evans, Tom Harrell and Larry Schnieder rip up the fabric in this scenic jazz piece. Often cited as a perfect introduction to the world of Bill Evans, this high-definition edition is an entirely new experience. The evocative tunes reflect visions of New York, overcast afternoons, yellow taxis and smoky underground clubs. (more…)
Bill Evans – Affinity (1978/2011) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 49:35 minutes | 1,73 GB | Genre: Jazz Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Rhino/Warner Bros.
This remarkable audiophile recording pairs together two of jazz’s most legendary players, pianist Bill Evans and harmonica player Toots Thielemans. The duo’s luscious and harmonious performance can be enjoyed on breath-taking covers of Paul Simon’s “I Do It For Your Love” and Michel Legrand’s “The Other Side of Tonight,” as well as on two jazz standards “Body & Soul” and “Blue and Green.” The album would be the final studio recording to feature Evans on electric piano and is a must-have album. (more…)
Bill Evans Trio – Explorations (1961/2011) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 60:06 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Jazz Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ Original Jazz Classics
The second album by the original Bill Evans group was recorded after the pianist, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian had spent a year working together and honing the telepathy that established a new standard for trio interaction. Featuring intimate readings of several standards, plus three compositions from the jazz world that became synonymous with the trio’s sounds, and with ample space for LaFaro’s virtuosity to shine, the album was cited by Evans years later as among his own favorite recordings. With an excellent performance of “The Boy Next Door” (omitted from the original release for lack of space) and an alternate take of “Beautiful Love,” this edition of Explorations contains all of the music preserved by one of jazz’s seminal bands on its final visit to a recording studio, plus two previously released alternate takes. (more…)
Bill Evans – Live At Art D’Lugoff’s: Top Of The Gate (1968/2012) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:29:12 minutes | 1009 MB | Genre: Jazz Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | @ Resonance Records
Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate, a previously unreleased recording captured over a half century ago consists of two blistering sets recorded at the legendary venue in October, 1968. Digitally remastered from the original tapes, the album features one of jazz’s most prominent trios – pianist Bill Evans, drummer Marty Morell and bassist Eddie Gomez. This dazzling collection of jazz standards and classics from the Great American Songbook includes the standouts, “’Round Midnight,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Someday My Prince Will Come,” “Mother of Earl,” “Emily” and much more. Displaying their infectious energy and raw synergy, the album marks the only Evans recording ever released from The Village Gate. This stellar download has already been declared one of jazz’s greatest discoveries and is a vital addition to any collection.
“One of the great jazz discoveries of the year”now and, for certain, when the year is finished six months from now.” – Jeff Simon, Buffalo News(more…)