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1960 Birdland Sessions Import

4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Recorded Live at the Birdland Club, New York City, March 12 & 19 and April 30, 1960. Features Bill Evans (piano), Scott Lafaro (bass) & Paul Motian (drums). 12 total tracks. Fresh Sound. 2005.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fresh Sounds Spain
  • ASIN: B0009X5ILO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For our biggest pleasure, here we are with a rare recording which stayed out of sight for a long time. Just a few people could pretend to have heard this magnificent recording by legendary Bill Evans. These sessions at Birdland in march and april 1960 were recorded directly from broadcast at the famous club. Bill Evans (piano), Scott La Faro(bass) and Paul Motian don't need to be introduced. Bill plays like a monster ! To me, he seems freer than on the village vanguard sessions! These sessions are too important to be ignored and the speaker does not interrupt the pianist, and the pieces are not shunted. We owe a big debt to Jordi Pujol (Fresh Sound Label) who signed the liner notes. The sound is okay. Standards are played : Three versions of Autumn Leaves, Our Delight (Tadd Dameron) played at furia speed, Beautiful Love with the wonderful toucher of Bill, Scott La Faro seems to take more risks than on The famous Village Vanguard Sessions the next year. You shall also find superb versions of Speak Low (rendered at a supersonic speed!!!), All of You, Come rain or come shine, Nardis, and Blue in Green (moving). This recording is for completists and all fans of Bill Evans. Magic ! A true moment's happiness. I hesitate though between 4 and 5 stars because of the speaker : it doesn't sound like a record but rather like a document.
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Having read the 3 prior reviews, numerous times, I delayed purchasing the album for a couple weeks. That was a mistake (but thankfully not a major one) - I strongly recommend this album. The sound is not nearly as dire as noted in the 2 of the other reviews - better than "ok" in my opinion: the artists work cuts through the chatter in the club easily. R Frederic describes the playing quite well (at least as well as words could possibly capture it) - here we find a more energized approach from the First Trio. LaFaro's explorations and Evans' response are more extroverted (and truly exceptional) - with Motian playing a more rhythmic role than in the Vanguard sessions (not in any way taking away from his masterful playing). This is Bill Evans at his best in 1960 - over a year before the Vanguard June `61 date. To cut through it all - These recordings are the second of only two live recordings of the First Trio at work: Why would there be any debate over the merit of spending ~$30 to own these?
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Never mind the naysayers who complaint about the (minor) crowd noise, and the ebullient Symphony Sid doing what he had been doing for almost 40 years at that point, announcing jazz for radio broadcasts, this CD is an incredible gem. A document of this gigantic, incredibly influential, and to this day, unequalled trio, in full flight, that is essential for true jazz aficionados.
Given that this is a simple live analogue recording from 1960, the quality is good.
Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, and Paul Motian are in full flight, and even more open, adventurous, and telepathic than on the rightfully revered Village Vanguard Sessions (get the complete box set, regardless of the single albums you may already own.)
Scotty LaFaro, especially, is INSANE. His virtuosity, agility, and command of the material is breathtaking. Along with Evans and Motian, there is ineffable complete telepathy, and a wordless union between the players that defies description or comprehension.
The CD is a complete show, generous in length, and along with their other recordings, stands as the Rosetta Stone for all piano trios thereafter. It is also one of the few opportunities to hear LaFaro in full bloom, feverishly steaming along, in all of his genius and perfection. Simply amazing.
OK, enough of my praise, I'm going to end this review now and press "play" again.
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The sound quality here really does get in the way--how sad to contemplate what would have happened if the trio was properly recorded on this date! That said, once you become accustomed to the background noise and general muddiness the performances really shine through. LaFaro's solos are longer and more intense here than on the Vanguard recordings, and the interplay between the three has never been more evident.
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This is a marvelous and important recording of the finest of Bill Evans' various trios, the one with Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums. The sound quality, to me, is good enough. It was recorded from a live radio broadcast, and the sound is pretty good for this kind of recording. It is NOT professionally recorded, so if this is crucial to you, pass on this. But if you are interested in this trio, then buy it NOW. One of the things that is so interesting about this particular recording is how unexpectedly energetic and extroverted much of the playing is. The trio is taking more risks, and is much more 'democratic', than on the much-loved Village Vanguard recordings. Scott LaFaro in particular plays like crazy on this recording, and, unexpectedly, is prominently recorded. You can hear his playing much better than on the Vanguard recordings. On one cut, LaFaro and Evans 'dialogue' with each other; one plays a phrase and the other answers with another phrase. This doesn't happen on the Vanguard recordings. Evans also plays nice versions of Nardis, and Blue in Green. Just beautiful.
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