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evans respected laFaro as a musician held him in the highest regard. after laFaro's death (10 days after the Village Vanguard show) evans took a short sabbatical from music. this album shows bill coming out of this depressing cave, at night, rediscovering the moon and stars...
the disc is worth the first track alone 're: person i knew,' a track probably dedicated to lafaro. evans himself recorded this composistion on other occasions (one of my favorites, on the 1970 'from left to right' album which features evans on the fender/rhodes electric piano). evans probes the keys, searching for a reply to some anguish.
the rest of the tracks are marvelous gems of nightmusic; this is also the only evans CD which features all ballads. if you are looking for an evans album that 'swings' dont buy this one (opt for 'everybody digs bill evans'). this music does not swing; it sways, broods, subtly swimming in the night;
incidentally, the title (and the track 'moonbeams and polka dots') comes from a bud powell (probably the biggest pianist to influence evans) track by the name of...well...'moonbeams and polka dots'
When you see him bends his back, lower his head down, eyes closed, fingers gently touching the keys....how can you not be moved with this recording? Man!
Read his books and you understand how this is a shy, loving man who just pours himself anytime he produces the music. Simply one of the most intelligent persons in the music business, before and after, he is here with the carefully selected tunes to accomodate his sensitive side, thumbs up to Orrin Keepnews who compiled this only all-ballads album from Evans!
Check out If You Could See Me Now....or I Fall In Love Too Easily..you'll understand how this man can simply describe the color of the rainbow and the soft radiant evenings with fewest notes possible...carefully arranged, simply astonishing! How did he do it?
The mover, the shaker, the genius that inspires the millions, the center of the soft glowing light, here it is: Bill Evans!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The playing is 5 star plus. However the piano is out of tune. Who let that happen? To me there is no excuse for a studio record to have an out of tune piano. Read morePublished 27 days ago by mepaca
A great talent that left us too early. A mellow, rich and beautiful listening experience.Published 5 months ago by R. Abernethy
I am moving deeper into jazz and found this album-cd a really wonderful one for more quiet, introspective listening. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Duane Bailey
I love pianist-fronted Jazz. This is one of my favorite albums. Soothing and wonderful...RECOMMENDED!!!!Published 12 months ago by Utahrded
Buy this Riverside edition from Amazon.com instead of the Hallmark/Pickwick U.K. version sold in Canada and elsewhere. That U.K. version is packaged like a cheap CD "burn. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lee Johnson
Mr. Evans plays plays almost 1yr. after the death of his brilliant bassist Scott La Faro. When he did he went with Chuck Israels and drummer Paul Motian. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Charles L. Jones
What a beautiful album! I especially love Evans' version of "It Might As Well Be Spring". Simply exquisite!Published 16 months ago by Mz Muzic