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Bill Evans is considered by many to be the most influential jazz pianist of the
last 50 years. Throughout his long and distinguished career he toured and recorded with many of the greats, including Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Jim Hall, Tony Bennett and many others.
It is his short stint with the Miles Davis Sextet during 1958/59 for which Evans is probably best known, collaborating on the seminal album Kind of Blue, and
in the process influencing Miles's sound with his introspective and scholarly
approach to improvisation.
These sessions, recorded live for the highly acclaimed Dutch Radio show
'Tros Sesjun' between 1973 and 1979, showcase Evans's talent in the small group setting, appearing with such eminent musicians as bass player Eddie Gomez and harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans.

Disc: 1
1. Up With the Lark
2. Time Remembered
3. Ttt (Twelve Tone Tune)
4. The Two Lonely People
5. Some Other Time
6. Sugar Plum
7. Sareen Jurer
8. Morning Glory
9. Tttt (Twelve Tone Tune Two)
10. Blue Serge
Disc: 2
1. If You Could See Me Now
2. My Romance
3. Laurie
4. Nardis
5. Blue In Green
6. The Days of Wine and Roses
7. I Do It For Your Love
8. Bluesette
9. Five

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Out of the Blue
  • ASIN: B004PHPZH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dean R. Brierly on July 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Few jazz artists end up profoundly changing the way subsequent musicians approach their particular instrument. Bill Evans was one. Miles Davis recognized this fact when he hired Evans to play on the seminal recording "Kind of Blue." But even if that historic encounter had never occurred, Evans would still have been known as a pianist's pianist, a man whose unique phrasing, rhythmic sense and emotional color put him in an exclusive category of one. Like most great musicians, Evans was at his best in live settings, as his early 1960s and 1980 Village Vanguard recordings attest. Now, with this Sesjun Radio Shows two-disc set, fans have further opportunity to appreciate the deepened levels of his art throughout the 1970s. The pianist, who was to tragically die in 1980 at the age of 51, is featured in concerts from 1973 (a duo setting with bassist Eddie Gomez); 1975 (with Gomez and drummer Eliot Zigmund); and 1979 (with bassist Marc Johnson, drummer Joe LaBarbera and harmonica legend Toots Thielemans). Each of these concerts is distinct in character while remaining true to Evans' sound. The 1973 interplay between Evans and Gomez might be my favorite. Gomez matches Evans note for inventive note, and the minimalism of the setting really seems to inspire both men to greater heights. Evans' music has been described in lots of different ways, but I always think of him in terms of transfiguration. You can hear in his playing a continual attempt to keep setting the bar higher for himself, to say something new and profound each time his fingers touched the keyboard. And from a listener's perspective, one nearly always comes away from an Evans performance feeling a tangible sense of renewal and optimism. You can't ask more from music or a musician.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Individual tracks are becoming increasingly available for downloading, not simply from vendors like Amazon and Apple but on once genuinely informative and useful sites like All Music Guide, which has recently been remodeled by Rovi (creator of the ubiquitous, addictive "Angry Birds" app) into a seller-driven, flashy and garish music "arcade." But often the pitch at sites like the new "All Music Guide" is for "streaming," a practice that has proven injurious to the appreciation of both the artist and his recorded output. At least the purchase of individual tracks delivers to the consumer a musical "product," or "text," that above all represents the hard work and sacrifice of its individual maker. And besides instant gratification, the downloading of separate performances provides quick and convenient indexing of the files in programs like iTunes (often preferable, from a consumer's perspective, to burying another jewel case in the sprawling Bill Evans collection that's nestled between the equally burgeoning number of Kenny Dorham albums (the letter "D") and the continually growing Art Farmer sessions ("F") adjacent to Evans' right. Not only does downloading suspend the requirements of building a new and larger bookcase but it confers immediate eternity upon your purchase, whether through the magical matching process of Apple's iCloud or the unlimited "free" Cloud space being offered by Jeff Bezos (Amazon's Steve Jobs).

I cherry-picked this edition of the Sesjun Shows, but after reading the other reviews of this recording--all praising the production values, including audio fidelity--I clearly made a mistake (at least the reviews have prompted me to order the Art Blakey Sesjun Radio Shows in disc format).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Agnes Andrea on November 14, 2013
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Other reviewers have already described quite well the content of these 2 CDs.
The first CD is great, but the second (with Johnson and LaBarbera) is astonishing; it's very similar, both in performance and audio quality, to 1980's "Final Village Vanguard Recordings", if you're familiar with those records: which means, quite simply, the best live Evans existing on tape.
I reckon, and it's just my opinon here, the last trio with Johnson and LaBarbera to be the best one Evans ever had... of course most people will prefer the LaFaro+Motian edition... I guess it's debatable... certainly the last trio benefited enormously from the improvement of audio recording technology, and this record is precisely the case.
As a plus, on five tracks Toots Thielemans joins the trio, and the interplay with Evans is sheer joy for your ears.
The audio quality is sensational throughout: crystal clear piano, great dynamics on bass and drums; a clean, professional recording with almost no background noise.
These CDs are a must for any Evans fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Craig on December 10, 2012
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Forget that "Top of the Gate" CD everybody is talking about (mediocre performance, awful recording). THIS is the "new" BIll Evans recording you need to hear. The first CD includes some beautiful duets between Evans and Eddie Gomez. The 2nd finds Bill in a swingin' mood (including an up-tempo "My Romance" that will knock you out!) and features a few tracks withToots Thielemans sitting in on harmonica.

As a Bill Evans fanatic, I advise first buying 'The Village Vanguard Sessions' 3-disc set... then THIS one... and then all the rest.
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