Bill Evans – At The Montreux Jazz Festival (AP 45rpm Vinyl 2LP)


200g 45RPM Vinyl 2LP Reissue of 1969 Grammy Winner Mastered from the Original Tapes by Bernie Grundman and Manufactured at Quality Record Pressings!

Bill Evans – flanked by bassist Eddie Gomez and his drummer of the period Jack DeJohnette (just prior to him joining Miles Davis) – is in excellent form on this equally brooding and bright 1968 live date At The Montreux Jazz Festival. Evans performs two of his originals (including “One for Helen” which was dedicated to his longtime manager Helen Keane), Denny Zeitlin’s “Quiet Now,” Earl Zindars’ “Mother of Earl” and a few of his favorite standards, tunes that are generally ballads and harmonically rich.

The interplay between Evans and Gomez was growing month-by-month (the bassist had been with him for almost two years at this point) and is the main reason to acquire this Grammy Award-winning collection although DeJohnette (the only album to document his too-short stay in the trio) certainly offers up some stimulating support here as well.

How does an album of this quality get any better? Well, Analogue Productions has cut this edition at 45 RPM! The dead-quiet 2LP-set, with the music spread over four sides of vinyl, reduces distortion and high frequency loss as the wider-spaced grooves let your stereo cartridge track more accurately. Exquisite sonic detail is captured on these 200-gram Quality Record Pressings discs, bringing out the exemplary mastering job by Bernie Grundman. Top it off with a Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on cardboard gatefold jacket boasting vibrantly reproduced original artwork!

Bill Evans, piano
Eddie Gomez, bass
Jack DeJohnette, drums

  1. One For Helen
  2. A Sleeping Bee
  3. Mother Of Earl
  4. Nardis
  5. I Love You Porgy
  6. The Touch Of Your Lips
  7. Embraceable You
  8. Someday My Prince Will Come
  9. Walkin’ Up

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