Bill Evans – The Bill Evans Album (Speakers Corner)
Condition: Brand New
Only two LPs were to be recorded and published by the Columbia global corporation with the pianist Bill Evans. A lean yield, if you look at the extremely busy concert activity of the new trio between 1969 and 1974. With Eddie Gomez, the new bass phenomenon, and Marty Mortell on drums, the trio had found a steady, constantly improving line-up. Evans was also interested in the possibilities of the Fender Rhodes and brought it into the concept for "The Bill Evans Album".
What makes the LP remarkable is that only original compositions were played, three previously recorded and four brand new ones. Outstanding is the melancholic "The Two Lonely People", the musical translation of a poem by Carol Hall. "Sugar Plum" and "T. T.T." should stay in the repertoire until the last recordings with Bill Evans. Unusual but highly recommended because it begins with an ad-hoc opening improvisation, the e-piano version of Bill Evans' most famous composition is "Waltz For Debby".
Bill Evans knew how to use the outstanding technical possibilities of the Columbia Studio in this small line-up as well; and so the seven tracks sound better than most of the trio's live recordings. A trio, by the way, of which Bill Evans once said that it had fully supported his musical visions.
Recording: May and June 1971 at CBS 30th Street Studio, New York, by Pete Weiss
Production: Helen Keane
"Bill Evans' encounter with the Rhodes piano should not be missed." (LP Magazine, 6 / 2016)
Label: Columbia, Speakers Corner Records
Format: LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo