Bill Evans - piano
Marc Johnson - bass
Joe LaBarbera - drums
Recorded Live at the Village Vanguard -
New York, June 4 - 8 1980.
BILL'S HIT TUNE
IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW
THE TWO LONELY PEOPLE
UP WITH THE LARK
IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY
A SLEEPIN' BEE
LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE
LETTER TO EVAN
DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
MY FOOLISH HEART|
THEME FROM MASH
KNIT FOR MARY F.
YET NE'ER BROKEN
BUT NOT FOR ME
SPRING IS HERE
RE: PERSON I KNEW
POLKA DOTS AND MOONBEAMS
I DO IT FOR YOUR LOVE
One of the few pianists that really added to the evolution
of the jazz piano, most certainly was brilliant BILL EVANS. With
bassist Scott La Faro and drummer Paul Motian, he set an interesting
trend: the piano trio. They aimed at a new kind of playing: responding
closely to each other, each instrument became equally important.
The famous album 'Live at the Village Vanguard 1961' is the ultimate
proof of this. |
In 1980, Evans had another recording session at the Village Vanguard.
Just a few months before his premature death, this superb performance
captures Evans at unprecedented height. This album, available in a six-box
deluxe edition or a single compilation cd, is truly stunning. My first
impression of this album was the fresh sound of Evans. His approach is
different compared to his recordings from the seventies.
His lyrical touch has somehow been replaced by a more agressive 'groovy'
MARC JOHNSON also contributes to this succes, the excellent recording
quality lets us enjoy all details of his accompaniment and solos. Despite
of some tunes appearing more than once on the six cds, the songs are all
totaly different depending on Evans mood in that one week performance.
Warner Bross also released a single cd compiled from these six albums. A few other
labels also released albums recorded just a few weeks before and after this session,
with the same setting. However this recording is superior in sound and performance quality.