I recently picked up this album and asked myself why haven’t I purchased this before. This all important Bill Evans album was the first album recorded after by him after Scott Lafaro’s untimely death. A great studio album with Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums, discover one of the most incredible trios in modern jazz!!
This is a most reflective piece of music and one of my favorites written by Miles Davis. The Bill Evans trio performs this wonderfully and is one of his signature pieces. Three stunning videos capture this talent. This sound which is totally mesmerizing , it’s like the epitome of “The Jazz Trio”!!
Here is another of my favorite albums, but then I asked myself why? Well maybe because it has three very unbeatable components. One this is 1963, a time when jazz was jazz, secondly it is recorded “live”, need I say more? And thirdly, it was recorded at the hottest joint on the “Westcoast”, Shelly’s Mann-Hole. Bill Evans is a bit more aggressive than usual here on the keys, possibly because of the setting or could be that his two incredible band mates were pushing the envelope so to speak. Bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Larry Bunker really combine for a wonderful live performance recorded for the Riverside label. This is one you will want in your collection. Discover and enjoy.
Sunday, June 25th 1961
Village Vanguard in New York
An afternoon and evening gig
Bill Evans Trio
Scott LaFaro bass, Paul Motian drums
Revolutionizing the Trio format
Subtlety of brushwork
Bill Evans lyrical beyond words
An ambient experience
Step into a Jazz Time Machine
His music was profound
Creating a new interplay between instruments
His right hand play became another voice
The piano trio would never be the same after his passing
He never created a disappointing album
Surrounding himself with superb talent
He mastered the art of becoming the music…becoming a legend
I consider him a Must Discover!!!
I have 2 versions of this great song which are some of my very favorites. Bill Evans Complete Village Vanguard 1961, and Keith Jarrett‘s 2007 My Foolish Heart 3 CD set. It is interesting to listen to these 2 versions by 2 of the greatest jazz pianist’s back to back. Each one is special. Keith starts out soloing and then the bass and drums kick in… STUNNING. I have one suggestion…TURN UP THE VOLUME.