Bill Evans – Live at the Village Vanguard

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.

1 thought on “Bill Evans – Live at the Village Vanguard”

  1. Hey Howard,

    Interesting to hear you’re listening to Bill Evans. Another classic from that period is “Explorations,’ also with Lefaro. It seems like so much of the jazz from that time is ignored or forgotten, and it was such an incredible period in american music. Much of what I listen to is jazz from the 50’s and early 60’s.

    Some other less-known essentials from that period are “This is Our Music’ by the Ornette Coleman Quartet, Charles Mingus’ ‘Pithecanthropus Erectus,’ and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers’ ‘At the Corner of the Jazz World.’ If you’re not familiar with them they’re worth checking out.

    I’ve got an old tube amp from the 60’s that I’ve been nurturing along, and like to listen to the original vinyl. You really need an analog system to do justice to those old recordings. Kent

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