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Starting the album with Irving Berlin's Washington Twist, Evans and Manne sound almost Brubeck-ish and even forceful, without sounding forced or silly. Other songs, like the second track, Danny Boy feauture Evans playing at his most sensitive and quiet. Very pretty.
Session two (with Eddie Gomez on bass, instead of Monty Budwig) has a bunch of Evans originals, including A Simple Matter Of Conviction, which is neat and quirky, plus Orbit (Unless it's you) which is pretty good and conventional. The last two originals are Only Child which is quite pretty, and These Things Called Changes which is more uptempo and shiney. These songs are pretty obscure for Evans, thus making this cd almost essential and unique. Pick it up.
Evans' playing on this album (6 cuts) range from the joyful, ebulliant, to the pensive, moody Evans we often associate with him. "With a Song in My Heart" and "Washington Twist" (by Irving Berlin, no less), are bouncing, joyful outings, as are "I Believe in You" and "Let's Go Back to th e Waltz". The two ballads, "Goodbye" and "Danny Boy" are a combination of one-note and brilliant chordal playing, with clusters and complex, two-handed chords, all the while with soaring melodies. "Danny Boy" is notable for its sad, lonely aura, while "Goodbye" has some very forceful, bluesy playing by Evans.
I think this is Bill Evans at his best. No fan, or novice, should consider his collection complete until they have listened to this at least once. You won't be sorry!!
Really, trust me, these two albums are wonderful. Buy this piece of jazz history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bill Evans is a consummate Jazz pianist. This CD is excellent for those who enjoy quality jazz.Published 18 months ago by Charles L. Jones
One of my favorite albums. Bill is as clean as usual and the timing for all the songs is superb.Published on April 6, 2014 by Herman A. Brown
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Anyone who enjoys Bill Evans will treasure this CD.
What more can I say?