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Portrait in Jazz [Original recording remastered]

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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 4, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Riverside
  • ASIN: B0012X6FR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008 24 bit remaster from the original tapes. Album also features Scott Lafaro and Paul Motian.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic introduction to the legendary Bill Evans Trio September 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've had the original CD release of this classic 1959 Bill Evans trio session but when Orrin Keepnews re-released this with some discovered bonus takes, I had to purchase this disc. If you want an introduction to one of the greatest jazz trios of all time--you can't go wrong on this disc! Evans with co-horts, the late bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian revoluntionized the trio format by performing as colloborators rather than the usual concept of piano supported then by bass and drums--everyone had in voice of their own!! This actually was nothing new in jazz since Duke Ellington had duets with Jimmy Blanton and Bud Powell had some runnings with bassist George Duvivier but Evans pushed this to a higher level with his interactions with LaFaro and Motian. The 24 bit processing also creates a veil of space and airness to a normally dry recording. I've never really liked the way Riverside recorded Bill's piano after hearing him in person but at least this newly remastered recording is a step forward. Definitely recommended for fans of jazz piano and trios!!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic "Portrait" Expanded May 9, 2009
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The Bill Evans Trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian is arguably the greatest jazz three-piece of all time. Unfortunately, Scott LaFaro's tragic death left only a handful of recordings to cherish. Recently, we have been lucky enough to get a few more morsels to savour -- an eye-opening extra take of "Gloria's Step" on the recently remastered The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961, and even the historical document (the sound is too poor to call it an "album"), The 1960 Birdland Sessions. When I recently discovered that the remastered "Keepnews Collection" edition of "Portrait in Jazz" contained two additional bonus tracks -- an alternate take of "Come Rain or Come Shine" and a first take of "Blue in Green" -- not featured on the original OJC issue, I simply had to replace my disc. The telepathic musical communication so easily achieved at the Vanguard is just beginning to form here, but the alternates are a wonderful way to witness its development. With the 50th anniversary of this album approaching on December 28th, enjoy this expanded "Portrait" of legendary jazz.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By MikeG
Format:Audio CD
Portrait in Jazz was the first of only four (official) albums made by what Evans fans know as "the first trio" - the one with Scott La Faro and Paul Motian - which introduced a new approach to the music of a jazz piano trio. Whereas the conventional trio tended to feature the pianist as a 'star soloist' with bass and percussion essentially as 'accompanists' with a fixed and limited role, Evans, La Faro and drummer Paul Motian aimed to develop more of a sense of equal and spontaneous interplay. Scott La Faro was the right man in the right place: his virtuoso technique and strong musical personality enabled him to play the more active, assertive (but compatible) role Evans wanted for the group. By the time this trio played its famous sessions at The Village Vanguard (Live at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby) this 'collective improvisation' was well developed. Portrait in Jazz being the first album by the trio, the roles within the group are sometimes still fairly conventional, with bass and drums functioning as a `rhythm section' with the pianist spotlighted as `leader'. However, there's a strong sense of discovery and enthusiasm which, I think, gives the music a greater freshness and vitality than the subsequent albums by this trio and it's those qualities, along with the sensitive, alert musicianship of the trio which makes this one of the most absorbing and enjoyable of Evans's many albums.
Part of its appeal is also the excellent choice of material, but much of the interest lies in what Evans in particular does with it. Often this is mainly a matter of the unusual chord voicings and adjustments of rhythm and phrasing he gives to a familiar tune, which open up wider harmonic and rhythmic perspectives for improvising.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every single recording Evans made with LaFaro get 5*s August 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
All of Bill Evans' Riverside recordings are, in my opinion, classics - yes, even the 'alternate takes'. What make the alternate takes valuble to me is the chance to hear the sidemen (Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums) explore different melodies and solos. "Autumn Leaves" is a case in point here. As a musician myself, it is fascinating to hear the subtle differences between the stereo and mono takes and the different ideas by all three players. I must disagree with the previous reviewer who thinks that the "bonus" tracks are invalid both as music and marketing. Originally, when first reissued on a double LP entitled "Spring Leaves" - containing both single LPs "Explorations" recorded in 1961, and "Portrait in Jazz" recorded in 1959 - the "bonus" tracks were simply called "previously unissued", and included both the mono version of "Autumn Leaves" as well as a version of "The Boy Next Door". This was not a marketing ploy, as the double LP was very fairly priced and contained enough material without the added tracks. It was done for historical purposes and cleared by the artist. The stereo equipment had malfunctioned on the one - we will never know whether or not Bill Evans was or was not satisfied with the take, but it is true that Evans was not fully satisfied with "The Boy Next Door" and it was not included in the single LP "Explorations". Later, though, Evans would look back and be less critical, allowing these to be released as part of that Milestone "twofer". He also states plainly in the liner notes that he feels both of these LPs to be some of his best work. I concur. There is not one single track on "Portraits in Jazz" that dips below the highest standard. The near-telepathic communication between Evans and LaFaro has been well documented and is clearly heard on all tracks. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars filled with beautiful, unique versions of classic charts
A most beloved album, filled with beautiful, unique versions of classical charts.
Published 4 days ago by Jessica Escue
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this for the remaster
This was one of the first Cd's I bought, about 10 years ago I replaced it, my initial use of this media was a leftover of the cassette. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Edd Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much static and background noise.
I enjoy the music of Bill Evans; however, this DVD has a lot of back ground noise and static......I was quite disappointed!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY TRACK IS GREAT!
Bill Evans has a distinctive style in jazz. Every track is wonderful. I love this album. You will not be disappointed!
Published 6 months ago by Karen M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great jazz piano
He was the best jazz piano player in the world. His improvisations and compositions are subject to study by all students in this field. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Adrian Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great Jazz CD we have enjoyed it very much! Thank you for getting it to us on time.
Published 7 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Evans Trio
Anything by Bill Evans is worth a listen. Only got one chance to hear his trio in 1979. Best concert I ever attended, period.
Published 8 months ago by blueroom
5.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark Trio Blockbuster From Bill Evans!
As the 1960’s dawned, Bill Evans was already one of the biggest young stars on
the jazz scene and hailed as one of the most highly influential jazz pianists in music... Read more
Published 8 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
I'm not a student of jazz music, but I know what I like -- and I really like this album. One of my go-to works when I need to get started on producing documentation at work.
Published 9 months ago by W. T. Door
1.0 out of 5 stars Sound is poor
I love Bill Evans, and as originally issued, the sound on this recording might have been great, but the MP3 sound is very poor on my computer/ipod.
Published 9 months ago by John B. Judis
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