I spend most of my portable music listening time playing my i-whatever on random, as frequently noted here. After wrapping up a lengthy, intense and idea-dense interview with E.O. Wilson here in Mozambique the device served me up this essential Bill Evans work from 1961.
Evans is almost always a special listen for me, inducing both attentiveness and relaxation somehow, and Village Vanguard excels in that regard. A favorite song here: Solar (perhaps Gloria’s Step, too). The bass work by Scott LaFaro is as distinctive as Evans’s exquisitely melodic piano. LaFaro died in an accident just ten days later, in one of those tragic fates that seem so concentrated in our Jazz musicians of the 1950s and ’60s, and would soon enough snare Evans, too.
A must for any Jazz collector.