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Sunday at the Village Vanguard Live

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Editorial Reviews


1. Gloria's Step (Take 2)
2. Gloria's Step (Take 3)
3. My Man's Gone Now
4. Solar
5. Alice In Wonderland (Take 2)
6. Alice In Wonderland (Take 1)
7. All Of You (Take 2)
8. All Of You (Take 3)
9. Jade Visions (Take 2)
10. Jade Visions (Take 1)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000Y87
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Luckily, this was one of my first purchases when I started buying jazz. After Miles' Kind of Blue, I thought there was nowhere to go but down. But Sunday at the Village Vanguard, along with Evans' Portrait In Jazz and Waltz For Debby prove that there is pristine beauty in this music to be found elsewhere. Listening to this disc, its incredible to hear a trio that is so tight and so loose at once. The band grooves through "Gloria's Step" and "Alice In Wonderland" with incredible ease and class. Evans is a keymaster, but his playing is anything but intimidating. Instead, it invites you in and lulls you. LeFaro's bass playing has such solid swing to it and the sad fact he died ten days after recording this gives the album a bit of a ghostly presence to it that is strangely comforting; just like the ghosts that live in the applause that follows every track or the bit of smoke from the club you think you smell when listening to it. After Kind of Blue, this is the disc I recommend to anyone beginning to taste the wonders of jazz. It souns simple enough on the surface, but holds scores of wonders upon careful listening. When my coffee is brewing on Sunday morning, this album always helps to keep the relaxing weekend spirit alive. That an album so quiet and mellow at its highpoints is so powerful is evident anytime I walk by the Village Vanguard in NY and I feel the Bill Evans chills take over me.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Frank C. on April 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I was in my first exploratory phase of vintage jazz, during college sometime, I was wandering aimlessly in a record store in Rochester, New York called "The Record Archive". I had NO idea which jazz album to buy (since there are thousands out there). I kindly asked the guy working there which album he would recommend. He said "Bill Evans - Sunday At The Village Vanguard, as long as you don't mind some people talking and glasses clanking in the background." Well, I can never thank that guy enough since this amazing album has become my FAVORITE jazz album ever, out of a collection of hundreds. The interplay between LaFaro and Evans is so unbelievable, it's almost scary! Never have I heard such an almost telepathic communication between two musicians (possibly with the exception of Frank Zappa and Vinnie Colaiuta on "Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar"). This album displays the greatest upright bass player IMHO to ever grace the jazz scene, Scott LaFaro. Sadly, LaFaro died just ten days after this recording (which when listening, adds a sort of haunting quality which really cannot be put into words). Evan's piano voicings are just about the most profound and beautiful you are to ever find in any style of music. Please, buy this album! And listen to it over and over. It will change your life. It did mine.
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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Sunday at the Village Vanguard was actually my 3rd or 4th jazz album ever purchased--unheard, on the basis of print reviews--but it rewarded the risk by opening up my head to the jazz world in such a lovely, exciting, and earthshaking way. I owe so much on a personal level as a listener and as a musician to this album.
The three primary reasons behind my love for this album are Gloria's Step, Jade Visions, and especially Alice in Wonderland. (It's hard not to wave my hands around in clumsy layperson conducting on that last one! :-) You simply cannot describe Bill Evans' exquisite _touch_ that sculpts so much tenderness on that tune in particular, but also just about everything Evans touches. Bassist La Faro really cemented on this record his reputation as a monster, demonstrating that it was possible to maintain a head (melody) almost as as an interactive solo with a piano lead without wrecking the form or playing too stridently there or in his own killer solos. (Incidentally, Motian may seem the weakest link because he's not flashy at all, but he is the steady, unobtrusive pillar on which the magnificence rests, smart enough to dish out sublime atmospheric support on his brushes and stay out of the way of his partners in crime.)
The other tunes on this album are great, too, but the three I listed above just make my world go round. They're likely to do the same to you, too, turning on, if it isn't ignited already, the jazz "light" in your head for all time.
Note: this album's contents were cut to feature La Faro in light of his famous tragic passing ten days later. The same gig also supplied the material for _Waltz for Debby_, an equally excellent album with the same trio that's more indicative of their usual dynamics at that time.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the album to purchase for the listener who doesn't insist on having every note Bill played on that now-celebrated Sunday on June 25, 1961. Originally released as 2 albums--"Sunday at the Village Vanguard" and several months later as "Waltz for Debbie"--the session has been distilled to this single, remastered CD, which omits "Alice in Wonderland," "Detour Ahead," and "Some Other Time." On the other hand, if you had purchased the two original vinyl recordings, you would not have access to "I Loves You Porgy," which is on this single disk. Pricing, too, can be highly erratic (one of the original "Waltz for Debbie" albums is going for twice the price of this consolidated album). For current background on this rare, priceless recorded moment in jazz history, see the article by Adam Gopnik in the 8/13/2001 "New Yorker." How reassuring it is to find that, despite the digital din and MP3 madness that now consume us, the legacy of Bill continues to be with us. Any representative collection of Bill Evans' music must include this seminal recording, as vibrant and scintillating today as when it was first released. At the same time, because Bill was an artist who experienced an incredible surge of creative energy in his final days, "The Paris Concert" is no less essential to an appreciation of his romantic genius.
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