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Moon Beams [Original recording remastered]

Bill Evans, Bill Evans TrioAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B007R3BB7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1962 album from the Jazz pianist including three bonus tracks. Moon Beams was the first trio album recorded by Evans after the death of Scott LaFaro. With Chuck Israels on bass taking the place of LaFaro, Evans recorded several songs during these May and June 1962 sessions. Moon Beams contains a collection of ballads recorded during this period.

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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous November 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Bill Evans is a musician you never tire of listening to. He has the ability to play a tune freshly, every time. This recording is, in my opinion, his finest. The first date after the untimely death of Scott LaFaro, this album is beautiful ,melodic and haunting. Every tune is played with typical Evans genius, but on this session he seems to be expressing his musical ideas with even more flavor and emotion. The first cut is the most expressive and emotive I have ever heard in the trio setting. I am sure it was dedicated to LaFaro, even though it supposedly is an anagram for the producer of the date, Orrin Keepnews. Evans expresses his passion, joy and grief for his young bassist in every note and the result is, to my mind, stunning. I love Chuck Israels' bass lines and the chords Evans plays quietly over the bass solo are beautiful and ephemeral. Every tune on this CD is wonderful, the playing of everyone is at such a high level of creativity that this music will live on forever. This is a can't miss choice if you like piano music.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the quintessentially nocturnal bill evans album May 31, 2000
By cs
Format:Audio CD
i give this album 5 stars simply because every track is stunningly sublime. the mood of the album is much grayer and introspective than bill's other albums (although its hard to be more introspective than bill already is), as 'moonbeams' was one of the first albums evans recorded after the accidental death of Scott LaFaro, the transcendental virtuoso bassist who formed the most 'simultaneous improvisation' trio jazz has ever seen (along with paul motian on drums).
evans respected laFaro as a musician held him in the highest regard. after laFaro's death (10 days after the Village Vanguard show) evans took a short sabbatical from music. this album shows bill coming out of this depressing cave, at night, rediscovering the moon and stars...
the disc is worth the first track alone 're: person i knew,' a track probably dedicated to lafaro. evans himself recorded this composistion on other occasions (one of my favorites, on the 1970 'from left to right' album which features evans on the fender/rhodes electric piano). evans probes the keys, searching for a reply to some anguish.
the rest of the tracks are marvelous gems of nightmusic; this is also the only evans CD which features all ballads. if you are looking for an evans album that 'swings' dont buy this one (opt for 'everybody digs bill evans'). this music does not swing; it sways, broods, subtly swimming in the night;
incidentally, the title (and the track 'moonbeams and polka dots') comes from a bud powell (probably the biggest pianist to influence evans) track by the name of...well...'moonbeams and polka dots'
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bill Evans most beautiful recordings! August 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is by far one of the most beautiful recordings made by the Bill Evans trio. This was I'm told Bill's first all ballads record. Riverside records released it on vinyl way back in 1962. None of the music sounds dated. considering it's 41 years old. This is the first recording Bill made with Chuck Israels taking over for the late Scott Lafaro as the bass player. This album has a very haunting and romantic feeling to it. The music is sad in tone and suggests feelings of longing and sobering reflection. One goal that Bill always strived for was to ballance intellect with passion to make intelligent and original sounding jazz. I dont even know if jazz is the right stamp to put on this recording. To me it sounds more like European classical music. Also thank god for Bill's college music theory teacher at Southeastern University Gretchen Magee. Because if it werent for her motivation {Evans often thought of his work as unsatisfactory and sometimes needed alot of motivation from from bandmates and peers} he might not have composed his gorgeous original composition "Very Early" {which is the last track on the CD its just breathtaking...}Being an amature pianist myself, "Very early" and "childrens play song" were the first two Evans' compositions I taught myself to play. The piece is a composition played in C major at a slow waltz tempo. He played the tune until the end of his life in 1980, but the original version on "moonbeams" might be the all around finest one. It is given a very slow and delicate treatment, and when he restates the theme at the end you can almost feel an imagrey of leaves or snow falling gently around you. I also really like his interpretation of "It might as well be spring". Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Might As Well Be Spring! September 17, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the "perfect" ballads album from Bill. As strong as silk thread, tender and moving all at the same time!
When you see him bends his back, lower his head down, eyes closed, fingers gently touching the can you not be moved with this recording? Man!
Read his books and you understand how this is a shy, loving man who just pours himself anytime he produces the music. Simply one of the most intelligent persons in the music business, before and after, he is here with the carefully selected tunes to accomodate his sensitive side, thumbs up to Orrin Keepnews who compiled this only all-ballads album from Evans!
Check out If You Could See Me Now....or I Fall In Love Too'll understand how this man can simply describe the color of the rainbow and the soft radiant evenings with fewest notes possible...carefully arranged, simply astonishing! How did he do it?
The mover, the shaker, the genius that inspires the millions, the center of the soft glowing light, here it is: Bill Evans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD!
Published 9 days ago by Mary Anne Houlahan
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime...
LOVE Bill Evans!
Published 2 months ago by acertainaesthetic
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
The album is one of the great, sublime masterpieces in the history of jazz. Sounds fresh every single time. Simply amazing.
Published 3 months ago by farmboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and evocative, among the very best of Bill Evans' recordings
This album, together with a companion recording, "How My Heart Sings," was derived from studio sessions with Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums, that took place... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ron2BSure
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the Dr ordered
Delivered quickly, no damage, and the album is exactly what i needed for a Friday afternoon with a glass of red wine
Published 7 months ago by Sector9
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance...
Excellent Evans album - I consider this a top five Bill Evans performance. This is a very introspective album with some fantastic interplay among the trio. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality jazz ballad interpretation!
If you like slow, beautifully, intelligently interpreted jazz ballads, this is your album. I love to pull out my trumpet and improvise with it.
Published 11 months ago by R. Wendell
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Firsts for Bill Evans
Review based on 180 gram LP.

This is the first recording of Bill Evans new trio after the death of his friend bassist Scott La Faro. Read more
Published 12 months ago by PhiloX
5.0 out of 5 stars Way Ahead Of It's Time
If you are a jazz fan, and like jazz you can sit and listen to, OR do anything requiring concentration, this CD has both of those attributes I like in traditional jazz. Read more
Published 18 months ago by william a. roesler
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me forwards and backwards
But not sideways, never sideways. Smooth and soft like bourbon. Hardly any smoke. It's legal here in Washington and it goes great with Moon Beams.
Published 18 months ago by Paul Graham
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