Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Bill Evans; Live At Ronnie Scott’s

The incredible treasures, previously unreleased, just keep on coming. Here is yet another two CD set recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s London club way back in 1968. Evans is joined by his long standing colleague Eddie Gomez on bass, along with a rare appearance by the gifted Jack DeJohnette on drums. That alone should convince you to acquire this set. Most of the tunes heard here were Evans staples of that period. Consider for example “A Sleepin’ Bee”, “Turn Out The Stars”, “Emily”, “Quiet Now”, “Very Early”, “’Round Midnight” and so many more, all beautifully packaged with extensive liner notes and photos. It makes no difference that Bill recorded most of this material often. The presence of DeJohnette’s drums adds new color, intensity and sheer beauty throughout. The cover art was done by David Stone Martin who for years performed the same task for all of Norman Granz’s labels---Clef, Norgran, and Verve; it is exquisite and perfect. And as always, so is the music of Bill Evans. 

Resonance; 2020; 2 CDs; appx. 49 min. and 48 min.

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