Bill Evans-Moon Beams 1962 Remastered 2014 CD-New $36.99



1CD New For Collectors, Bill Evans-Moon Beams 1962 Remastered 2014 Hallmark Records Made In USA.

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Bill Evans-Moon Beams 1962

Bill Evans was left reeling by the accidental death of his brilliant bassist Scott LaFaro in mid-1961 and didn’t feel ready to record with his new bassist until nearly a year later. When he did go into the studio in May and June of 1962 with Chuck Israels and drummer Paul Motian, the “second trio” produced material for two albums that were to be among Evans’s most popular. Moonbeams includes ballad material from the sessions. The rest of the music from the sessions is in How My Heart Sings! In Moonbeams, Evans did some of his most introspective playing, his sense of loss apparent but relieved by Israels’s power and empathy. “Polka Dots and Moonbeams,” “If You Could See Me Now,” and the others represent Evans at his best, his lyricism underlaid with rhythmic firmness even in the extraordinarily slow “In Love in Vain.”

Moonbeams was the first recording Bill Evans made after the death of his musical right arm, bassist Scott LaFaro. Indeed, in LaFaro, Evans found a counterpart rather than a sideman, and the music they made together over four albums showed it. Bassist Chuck Israels from Cecil Taylor and Bud Powell’s bands took his place in the band with Evans and drummer Paul Motian and Evans recorded the only possible response to the loss of LaFaro — an album of ballads. The irony on this recording is that, despite material that was so natural for Evans to play, particularly with his trademark impressionistic sound collage style, is that other than as a sideman almost ten years before, he has never been more assertive than on Moonbeams. It is as if, with the death of LaFaro, Evans’ safety net was gone and he had to lead the trio alone. And he does first and foremost by abandoning the impressionism in favor of a more rhythmic and muscular approach to harmony. The set opens with an Evans original, “RE: Person I Knew,” a modal study that looks back to his days he spent with Miles Davis. There is perhaps the signature jazz rendition of “Stairway to the Stars,” with its loping yet halting melody line and solo that is heightened by Motian’s gorgeous brush accents in the bridge section. Other selections are so well paced and sequenced the record feels like a dream, with the lovely stuttering arpeggios that fall in “If You Could See Me Now,” and the cascading interplay between Evan’s chords and Israel’s punctuation in “It Might As Well Be Spring,” a tune Evans played for the rest of his life. The set concludes with a waltz in “Very Early,” that is played at that proper tempo with great taste and delicate elegance throughout, there is no temptation by the rhythm section to charge it up or to elongate the harmonic architecture by means of juggling intervals. Moonbeams was a startling return to the recording sphere and a major advancement in his development as a leader. –Thom Jurek

Bill Evans-I fall in love Too Easily  ❤

Track Listing:
Re: Person I Knew
Bill Evans
Bill Evans / Bill Evans Trio05:47
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Johnny Burke / James Van Heusen
Bill Evans / Bill Evans Trio05:02
I Fall in Love Too Easily
Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne
Bill Evans / Bill Evans Trio02:43
Stairway to the Stars
Matty Malneck / Mitchell Parish / Frank Signorelli
Bill Evans / Bill Evans Trio04:52
If You Could See Me Now
Tadd Dameron / Carl Sigman
Bill Evans / Bill Evans Trio04:31
It Might as Well Be Spring
Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard Rodgers
Bill Evans / Bill Evans Trio06:07
In Love in Vain
Jerome Kern / Leo Robin
Bill Evans / Bill Evans Trio05:01
Very Early
Bill Evans
Bill Evans / Bill Evans Trio 05:05


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Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 1 in



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