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1960 Birdland Sessions [Import]

Bill EvansAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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With Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate, Resonance Records offers listeners a table at the front of the stage for a stellar performance by one of jazz's greatest trios. It's October 23, 1968 in Greenwich Village, and legendary pianist Bill Evans is joined by bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell for two top-notch sets, represented here in their entirety. Aired only ... Read more in Amazon's Bill Evans Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fresh Sounds Spain
  • ASIN: B0009X5ILO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded Live at the Birdland Club, New York City, March 12 & 19 and April 30, 1960. Features Bill Evans (piano), Scott Lafaro (bass) & Paul Motian (drums). 12 total tracks. Fresh Sound. 2005.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars for completists only October 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
For our biggest pleasure, here we are with a rare recording which stayed out of sight for a long time. Just a few people could pretend to have heard this magnificent recording by legendary Bill Evans. These sessions at Birdland in march and april 1960 were recorded directly from broadcast at the famous club. Bill Evans (piano), Scott La Faro(bass) and Paul Motian don't need to be introduced. Bill plays like a monster ! To me, he seems freer than on the village vanguard sessions! These sessions are too important to be ignored and the speaker does not interrupt the pianist, and the pieces are not shunted. We owe a big debt to Jordi Pujol (Fresh Sound Label) who signed the liner notes. The sound is okay. Standards are played : Three versions of Autumn Leaves, Our Delight (Tadd Dameron) played at furia speed, Beautiful Love with the wonderful toucher of Bill, Scott La Faro seems to take more risks than on The famous Village Vanguard Sessions the next year. You shall also find superb versions of Speak Low (rendered at a supersonic speed!!!), All of You, Come rain or come shine, Nardis, and Blue in Green (moving). This recording is for completists and all fans of Bill Evans. Magic ! A true moment's happiness. I hesitate though between 4 and 5 stars because of the speaker : it doesn't sound like a record but rather like a document.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended June 18, 2007
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Having read the 3 prior reviews, numerous times, I delayed purchasing the album for a couple weeks. That was a mistake (but thankfully not a major one) - I strongly recommend this album. The sound is not nearly as dire as noted in the 2 of the other reviews - better than "ok" in my opinion: the artists work cuts through the chatter in the club easily. R Frederic describes the playing quite well (at least as well as words could possibly capture it) - here we find a more energized approach from the First Trio. LaFaro's explorations and Evans' response are more extroverted (and truly exceptional) - with Motian playing a more rhythmic role than in the Vanguard sessions (not in any way taking away from his masterful playing). This is Bill Evans at his best in 1960 - over a year before the Vanguard June `61 date. To cut through it all - These recordings are the second of only two live recordings of the First Trio at work: Why would there be any debate over the merit of spending ~$30 to own these?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an acquired taste, a valuable piece of history April 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The sound quality here really does get in the way--how sad to contemplate what would have happened if the trio was properly recorded on this date! That said, once you become accustomed to the background noise and general muddiness the performances really shine through. LaFaro's solos are longer and more intense here than on the Vanguard recordings, and the interplay between the three has never been more evident.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT JAZZ IS REALLY ALL ABOUT!! April 22, 2011
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Folks, as a former professional bassist, who idolized the pioneers, such as Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus, Scotty LaFaro, to name the first three who come to mind, this is a brilliant example of what true jazz mastery is - not only of the bass, but the piano and drums = in short, the integrated trio, with ALL members interconnecting!! I've run across(and played with a few)musicians who were all "chops"-techniques and the ability to run changes fluently and fluidly; however, the musicians i've listened to and played with who impressed me the most, were those who (despite potential technical issues or whatever) played with a GREAT FEEL(ING)!!!....because if a jazz musician can't/doesn't elicit strong feelings in the listener, what purpose is being served by technique and all the rest???!!
the three musicians on this disc are the epitome of what jazz is really about, and the background "noise" as some have described it, to me merely lends a crucial "ambiance" to the authenticness of the recording; much like keith jarrett's humming distracts lots of folks, to me it's an essential part of tuning in to his emotions, thus elevating mine!! again, that's what jazz is about at the core....not worrying about an announcer or audience rumblings...who gives a hoot about that...this music, this trio rises so far above all that, a true affecionado will embrace ALL of it!!! this music and trio is above and beyond......masterpieces....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad once you get used to it August 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album requires repeated listening. After a few close listens with good headphones or good speakers, you will finally get a hand of these tunes and be rewarded by the amazing interplay of Bill Evans and Scott Lafaro. Paul Motian is more on the drums and less on the brushes here. Evans and Lafaro both are more extroverted than on the Village Vanguard recordings. Once you get used to the sound quality, these recordings are a treasure. Like a previos person said, it is an acquired taste, and it's more like a document than an album. But nevertheless amazing and worth getting if you truly are a fan.
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