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Plays The Theme From V.I.P.'s and Others [Original recording remastered]

Bill EvansAudio CD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 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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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0013F3XLY
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good news for Bill Evans fans. March 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When Verve issued "The Complete Bill Evans on Verve" in 1997 they elected not to include this album even though all the other Evans MGM releases had been. Peter Pettinger's excellent bio of the pianist reveals Evans had mixed feelings about the romantic, commercial sound of the album, so perhaps Verve initially wanted to keep these mostly non-jazz tracks off the 18-CD set. But now here they are as part of Verve's "Originals" series, with a reproduction of the front and back of the LP as part of the packaging. The master tapes have suffered some deterioration over the years, but it is good to have this missing link in the Evans/Verve discography back in circulation.

That's the good news. Now for the bad. Even though it has been documented elsewhere, nowhere in the release is Claus Ogerman's name mentioned except as co-author (with Evans) of the track "Hollywood." The legendary arranger-conductor fulfilled those roles on this album but is uncreditited (as he was on the LP). But the worst news for Evans completists is that the one track recorded at these sessions but not included on the orginal LP but released on a 45 rpm single and on 33 rpm as part of the soundtrack "Twilight of Honor" (MGM SE 4195) is not part of this new CD. "55 Days in Peking" by Dimitri Tiomkin lasts only 2:36 and could have easily fit.

If you enjoy movie themes with a light-Latin flavored accompaniment as was typical of the easy listening Bossa Nova-infused '60s, then this CD is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Evans as Lounge Lizard November 22, 2008
By jimac51
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As stated in another review,this is Bill Evans unashamed foray into commercial instrumental pop,circa 1963. Till buying this CD,I had only heard one track,"Sweet September". West Coast pianist Pete Jolly had a fair sized hit with this song at the same time. Jolly's interpretation of that song was a joyful,quick tempoed attack(that held up even better without strings),while Evans(and Claus Ogerman)use a leaden approach trying to channel Oliver Nelson and Jimmy Smith's "Walk On the Wild Side". Records like this were used at MOR radio in the 1960s, with a DJ grabbing the first available instrumental that fit the time leading up to news broadcasts. It didn't matter whose "Sweet September",as long as it ended on time.
The rest of the album has that movie/TV theme sound with nameless piano player and nameless arranger you would find on one of those "Living Strings" albums Ethel Gabriel churned out for RCA's budget label,Camden. What a hilarious "Blindfold Test" is would have made. Bright moments hidden between the schmalz is the lone original,"Hollywood" and the first thrity seconds of "Laura". On "Laura",you can hear Evans slowly deconstructing the melody and one hopes that it could go on longer till he found that moment of heartbreak. Unfortunately,Claus takes over from there and all is lost.
I own the "Complete Verve"recordings and have wondered why they kept this album off the box. Now I know. One wonders how this album made it to CD,especially in these mp3 days where Universal has kept many a true jazz gem only available as a download.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Commercial Pablum April 15, 2008
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If you are expecting another masterpiece along the lines of the Bill Evans Trio: With Symphony Orchestra or Symbiosis, this, unfortunately, is not it. Rather, this is Bill's foray into commercial pablum. Disappointing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars jazzman August 22, 2011
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For the 1963 MGM album, "Bill Evans, Piano And Orchestra, Plays The V.I.P.'s Theme And Others", it has been written
that he seriously considered using his natural Russian name for the lead credit on it. But he also stated, "As long as I
know where I'm at, know that it's commercial, I'm okay. If I didn't know, I'd be very worried! If this record could have
done something for widening my audience, getting better distribution for my other records, I'm all for it. Because it's a
cold, hard business. Now, even my jazz records, like say, "Conversations", go fine in places where you will find no other
jazz records - because of THIS record." It wouldn't be included when Verve issued their giant "Complete Bill Evans" set.
I remember seeing a comedy a while back in which a group of people in a packed elevator ran out with their hands over
their ears when the doors opened with a BLARING "McArthur Park" playing on the elevator speakers. Muzak from Hell! I
was playing "V.I.P.'s" the other day on the way to work listening to it for the first time - I literally laughed out loud, as
this music reminded me of that scene. Bill's playing on "V.I.P.'s" is not what triggered this - it's those HORRIBLE strings
by Claus Ogerman, who was uncredited for this session, but did do it. I'm a serious Bill Evans collector. I, too, have the
Complete Verve Evans 18 cd set (in that metal case), along with hundreds of his other recordings. My all-time favorite
Bill Evans item is the brilliant 1974 MPS release "Symbiosis", with Bill's trio at that time and Ogerman's orchestra, which
was composed, arranged, and conducted by Ogerman. (See my amazon review of "Symbiosis"). I'm a serious Ogerman
collector, as well - I LOVE his work. I had known "V.I.P.
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2.0 out of 5 stars For Those Who Like Extra Sugar in Their Coffee April 19, 2014
By Disink
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Let's face it, many suspect records from great artists are worth taking a chance on just because of the artist. That said, if you love Evans and you're considering buying this thing, you should know what you're getting into. Evans had a new record label with lots of opportunities, a little money to put in his pocket, and a hope to increase his audience. He also liked a challenge. Could he take the mundane world of muzak and make it into something his own? Would people really get this and then REALLY get into Conversations With Myself or Waltz for Debby?

No, of course, they wouldn't, and in spite of a minor "hit" with the single of "September Song", Evans mostly sold this to fans who felt cheated. In the end, Evans himself and eventually his label also disowned the record. After passing over this recording for the otherwise The Complete Bill Evans On Verve, Verve finally slipped it out in 2008 to let the completists be satisfied. If you are such a person, it might be worth buying: it isn't great, but you knew that, and you'll be surprised at a few genuine gems like "Hollywood" or "The Man with the Golden Arm" (complete with noir orchestra). I feel for the person back in the sixties who grabbed this in a cheap bin to take a chance on Evans. Surely such a person would believe all the nonsensical hype about Evans lacking soul or swing, even though some of that is here, just buried under six extra tablespoons of (uncredited) Claus Ogerman TV show special saccharine orchestra.
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