Bill Evans: Autumn in New York - JazzWax

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October 19, 2011


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Was Evans really wrong in considering those recordings "half-baked and below his standards?" If you compare them to his two official solo albums, and the superb solo tracks on several other albums, perhaps not. Evans' standards were very high.
Evans also blocked release of the album with Stan Getz as he didn't feel completely comfortable with the rhythm section. That album would probably be the pride and joy of most pianists, but a later live session with Getz and Bill's own rhythm section is even better.

Brian Hope

It aint nothing but the truth, clear genius, almost ethereal talent. In addition, George Russell merits a retrospective.

Win Hinkle

In my searches for Evans, somehow I missed this one. It is indeed a great recording. Looking forward to hearing more about it. Thank You.

Bruno Leicht

Thanks for the LP-recommendation, Marc. -- I've found & purchased a nice reissue:

It's a twofer from 1974 with great liners by Leonard Feather and another of George Russell's classic albums, "Jazz In The Space Age". There is one downer, though: No original cover(s).

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