Label: Ediciones Del Prado - JB053 • Series: Jazz • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Italy • Genre: Jazz • Style: Post Bop
This article appeared as a sidebar to the May issue cover story. Explorations Riverside, Explorations established the Bill Evans cult. With long, flowing lines derived from inner darkness, LaFaro takes those feelings deeper, and the piano trio is set free forever. Along with Sunday at the Village Vanguardits companion LP culled from the same sets, this is the most beloved piano trio album in jazz. Somehow unlike Kind of Blue it does not lose its magic through overexposure.
Perhaps all the clinking glassware and chattering people in the Vanguard place this music in an eternal present. They never played together again. LaFaro died in a car crash 10 days later. Some were undistinguished, but not the one here. As for Gomez, he has been insufficiently recognized as a major badass. This album by a stable Evans trio featuring Gomez and drummer Eliot Zigmund has everything the pianist is famous for: the rootless, pensive chord voicings, the revelatory key shifts, the subtle shadings of tone color.
For that we need metaphor. Two albums from a Paris concert with his last trio are among his permanent achievements. Evans was in failing health, Couldnt Get Enough - Shooting Star - III Wishes the young energy of bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe La Barbera inspired him to play with unprecedented daring and freedom.
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