Friday, May 21, 2021

Bill Evans - The Complete Riverside Recordings 1956-1963 [1984] (12 x CD's)


BILL EVANS

Bill Evans - The Complete Riverside Recordings 1956-1963 [1984] (12 x CD's)

This collection of Bill Evans' wonderful work for Riverside is nothing short of magnificent. The 12 x CD's (nicely packaged in three, 4x CD holders) in this set contain over 13 hours of music and almost 150 tracks. Evans'work from 1956-1963 is what this box set is all about. The peerless recordings with Scott LeFaro and Paul Motian are highlights as well as a session with Cannonball Adderley, Evans'"Interplay" sessions, some previously unreleased, beautiful solo piano, and all Evans' other recordings for Riverside. Naturally this includes the brilliant "Everybody Digs Bill Evans", "Portrait in Jazz", "Sunday at the Village Vanguard ", and" Waltz for Debby "amongst others. Many alternate takes (some more engaging than the originals) are included and the set comes with an excellent 32-page booklet detailing the recording sessions and paying tribute to one of jazz's greatest pianists. While the majority of the music in this set can be collected via the individual CD's, Fans of jazz piano and especially fans of Bill Evans will very much enjoy this set and all the hours of listening enjoyment that come along with it. Very Highly Recommended. (Amazon)

There is no better collection to appreciate every corner of Evans' work. A masterpiece with more than 150 works from 1956 to 1963, when Evans was most active, with a total time of over 13 hours. The quality of the remastering is also very good. 

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Track list


CD1

01 I Love You 3:55

02 Five 4:02

03 Conception 4:46

04 Easy Living 3:53

05 Displacement 2:35

06 Speak Low 5:09

07 Our Delight 4:43

08 No Cover, No Minimum (alternate take) 8:10

09 No Cover, No Minimum (master take) 7:31

10 I've Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) 1:38

11 Waltz For Debbie 1:19

12 My Romance 1:58

13 Minority 5:22

14 Young And Foolish 5:53

15 Night And Day 7:34

16 Oleo 4:08


CD02

01 Tenderly 3:33

02 What Is There To Say? 4:54

03 Peace Piece 6:42

04 Lucky To Be Me 3:39

05 Some Other Time 6:10

06 Epilogue 0:41

07 You And The Night And The Music 7:22

08 How Am I To Know? 6:20

09 Woody'n You (take 1) 4:26

10 Woody'n You (take 2) 4:11

11 My Heart Stood Still 5:21

12 Green Dolphin Street 8:10

13 Peri's Scope 3:15

14 Witchcraft 4:36


CD03

01 Spring Is Here 5:08

02 What Is This Thing Called Love? 4:37

03 Come Rain Or Come Shine 3:23

04 Blue In Green (take 2) 4:30

05 Blue In Green (take 3) 5:26

06 Autumn Leaves (mono) 5:25

07 Autumn Leaves (stereo) 5:59

08 Some Day My Prince Will Come 4:56

09 When I Fall In Love 4:57

10 Elsa 5:09

11 Sweet And Lovely 5:52

12 Beautiful Love (take 1) 6:06

13 Beautiful Love (take 2) 5:06


CD04

01 I Wish I Knew 4:41

02 The Boy Next Door 5:08

03 Haunted Heart 3:27

04 Nardis 5:51

05 How Deep Is The Ocean? 3:33

06 Israel 6:11

07 Who Cares? (take 4) 5:56

08 Who Cares? (take 5) 5:58

09 Goodbye 6:17

10 Nancy (With The Laughing Face) 4:08

11 Toy 5:08

12 Elsa 5:51

13 Waltz For Debby 5:15

14 Venice 2:55


CD05

01 Know What I Mean? (take 12) 7:04

02 Know What I Mean? (take re-7) 4:55

03 Alice In Wonderland (take 1) 7:02

04 My Foolish Heart 4:56

05 All Of You (take 1) 8:11

06 My Romance (take 1) 7:12

07 Some Other Time 4:59

08 Solar 8:54

09 Gloria's Step (take 2) 6:11

10 My Man's Gone Now 6:26


CD06

01 All of You (take 2) 8:20

02 Detour Ahead (take 1) 7:15

03 Waltz For Debby (take 1) 6:49

04 Alice In Wonderland (take 2) 8:36

05 Porgy (I Loves You, Porgy) 6:00

06 My Romance (take 2) 7:15

07 Milestones 6:32

08 Detour Ahead (take 2) 7:40

09 Gloria's Step (take 3) 6:58


CD07

01 Waltz For Debby (take 2) 6:56

02 All Of You (take 3) 8:06

03 Jade Visions (take1) 4:15

04 Jade Visions (take 2) 3:44

05 ... a few final bars 0:26

06 Danny Boy 10:41

07 Like Someone In Love 6:27

08 In Your Own Sweet Way 2:58

09 Easy To Love 4:42

10 How My Heart Sings 4:59

11 Summertime 6:00

12 If You Could See Me Now 4:30

13 Walking Up 4:58


CD08

01 Very Early 5:07

02 Show-Type Tune 4:24

03 Re: Person I Knew 5:45

04 34 Skidoo 6:22

05 Polkadots And Moonbeams 5:01

06 I Should Care 4:55

07 I Fall In Love Too Easily 2:43

08 Ev'rything I Love (4:13)

09 In Love In Vain 5:01

10 Stairway To The Stars 4:53

11 In Your Own Sweet Way (take 1) 6:59

12 In Your Own Sweet Way (take 2) 5:54

13 It Might As Well Be Spring 6:07


CD09

01 Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams 6:27

02 When You Wish Upon A Star 5:45

03 You Go To My Head 5:05

04 You And The Night And The Music 7:05

05 Interplay 8:15

06 I'll Never Smile Again (take 6) 6:37

07 I'll Never Smile Again (take 7) 6:34

08 Loose Bloose (take 3) 5:34

09 Loose Bloose (takes 2 & 4) 7:07

10 Fudgesickle Built For Four 4:31

11 Time Remembered 6:03


CD10

01 Funkallero 6:13

02 My Bells 5:24

03 There Came You 5:52

04 Fun Ride 5:17

05 What Kind Of Fool Am I? (take 1) 6:15

06 (Medley) My Favorite Things - Easy To Love - Baubles, Bangles & Beads 12:31

07 When I Fall In Love 3:05

08 (Medley) Spartacus Love Theme - Nardis 8:41

09 Everything Happens To Me 5:44

10 April In Paris 5:54


CD11

01 All The Things You Are 9:11

02 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 4:33

03 I Loves You, Porgy 5:50

04 What Kind Of Fool Am I? (take 2) 6:50

05 Love Is Here To Stay 4:02

06 Ornithology 5:34

07 Medley- Autumn In New York - How About You? 6:24

08 All The Things You Are (alternate) 8:50

09 Lover Man 5:06

10 Love Is Here To Stay (alternate) 4:50

11 Stella By Starlight 5:03


CD12

01 Round Midnight 9:00

02 Who Cares 5:24

03 The Boy Next Door 5:27

04 Isn't It Romantic 4:41

05 What Is This Thing Called Love 5:48

06 How About You 4:06

07 Blues In F_Five 5:43

08 Everything Happens To Me 4:47

09 In A Sentimental Mood 4:26

10 My Heart Stood Still 4:34

11 Time Remembered 5:37

12 Wonder Why 5:19

13 Swedish Pastry 5:52

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30 comments:

  1. This is amazing. Bill Evans is one of my favorites. Thank you

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    1. Hi Jana M,

      There are times when we all need to relax and listen. This should make for a wonderfully chilled weekend.

      Cheers.

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  2. Fantastic! Thank you very, very much.

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    1. Hi Vaughan,
      Enjoy the sounds of Bill Evans (and others).

      Cheers.

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  4. Oh Course i also downloaded this post as i didn't had and sure it is a great one i already started listening at.
    Again thank you so much for the pleasure of discovering this set.
    You always make a great job and also in you comps like the one hit wonder from 60 to 79 i downloaded somewhere in 2019.

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    1. Thank you Serge,
      Enjoy the music, always.

      Cheers.

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  5. Awesome Butterboy!!!
    Thanks for making our weekend happier!!!
    Cheers

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    1. I am happy to hear I made your weekend happier, Il Commendatore.

      Cheers.

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  6. Thanks a lot for this exceptional collection, definitely a case to take to the "desert island"!

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    1. Thanks WOODY,
      Its a beautiful set, enjoy.

      Cheers.

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  7. thank you butterboy nice one

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  8. Wow! Bill Evans is one of my favorite jazz artists and this is a great collection. Thanks.

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    1. Hi wbilly,
      Good to hear. You wont be disappointed.

      Cheers.

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  9. Love that cover graphic. Reminds me of Schroeder, the Peanuts character on his little piano, bent over, just like that.

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    1. I hadn't thought of that D.
      You are correct. I wonder if there is a back story about Linus' piano style.

      Cheers.

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  10. Thanks for this Butterboy, much appreciated.

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    1. Hi Bob Mac,
      A great listen for a quiet Sunday, indoors.

      Cheers.

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  11. Maravilla de recopilaciĆ³n, gracias.

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    1. Hi Dj Diego MC
      It is a beautiful compilation full of wonders.
      Enjoy.

      Cheers.

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  12. You made my Sunday (and many Sundays after)

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    1. Hi heartofstone.
      That is good to hear. Enjoy these fabulous CD's

      Cheers.

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  13. Great Bill Evans, thanks a million times ... My heart starts beating faster!

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    1. Hi Cri,
      Good to see you back around here.
      Did you get the Documentary on Bill Evans as well.

      Cheers.

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  14. Fantastic - thanks so much BB.

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    1. Hi Phillip,
      It is an enjoyable listening experience.
      Cheers.

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  15. arf, these links are kaput.

    for all you encyclopedic musicheads out there, here's a question:

    John Evan, playing piano on Jethro Tull's live track "By Kind Permission of..." on the album Living in the Past, briefly quotes (I believe) a Bill Evans melody after a few minutes of jazzed up Beethoven. I thought I heard it once on a Bill Evans album, but don't know the name of the tune. can anyone help me out? what song was that?

    thanks!

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    1. Hi oooo,
      All links reestablished tested and working.

      RE: you question. not sure if this is what you are looking for.
      https://thejethrotullboard.proboards.com/thread/2268/beethoven-influence
      Oct 8, 2011 at 4:14pm @darincody said: Well John Evan's 1970 Piano solo "By Kind Permission Of" Quoted Ludwig Von's "Pathetique" liberally among others.

      http://www.progarchives.com/album-reviews.asp?id=2020
      The third side consists of two "filler" performances from a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall [for a drug rehab clinic! (Huh?!!)]. Though it is considered the weakest part of the album, it is worth a listen. John Evans shows off his chops on a medley of classical and jazz pieces strangely titled "By Kind Permission Of", which its musical ideas spawned from Evans' solos in Tull concerts whilst performing "With You There To Help Me" [listen to "Live At The Isle Of Wight", it appears there as well].

      Cheers.

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