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Bill Evans Trio – At Shelly’s Manne-Hole (Live) (1963/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Bill Evans Trio – At Shelly’s Manne-Hole (Live) (1963/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192kHz | Time – 00:46:08 minutes | 2,04 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Riverside

At Shelly’s Manne-Hole (or more completely, Bill Evans Trio at Shelly’s Manne-Hole, Hollywood, California) is a live album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans, released in 1963 as his last recording for the Riverside label. The trio featured Chuck Israels, who followed Scott LaFaro on bass in autumn 1961, and Larry Bunker on drums, who just joined the reformed trio, after Paul Motian had left. An additional eight performances recorded during the trio’s May, 1963 engagement at Shelly’s Manne-Hole were released on the album Time Remembered.

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Bill Evans – Quintessence (1976/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Bill Evans – Quintessence (1976/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192kHz | Time – 00:35:54 minutes | 1,50 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Fantasy

Quintessence is an album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans. It was recorded in 1976 for Fantasy Records and released the following year. At this time usually playing solo or with his trio, for these sessions Evans was the leader of an all-star quintet featuring Harold Land on tenor saxophone, guitarist Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums.

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Bill Evans – Further Conversations With Myself (1967/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Bill Evans – Further Conversations With Myself (1967/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192kHz | Time – 00:35:08 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Verve

For Bill Evans’ second solo record of unaccompanied but overdubbed piano solos, he decided to simplify the concept used in Conversations with Myself (which had him playing three pianos) by only playing two this time. The program is brief, but Evans plays quite well throughout. In particular, his versions of Johnny Mandel’s “Emily” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” are most memorable. A thoughtful and (despite the overdubbing) spontaneous-sounding set of melodic music. – Scott Yanow

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Bill Evans – The Complete Legendary Session with Chet Baker (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Bill Evans – The Complete Legendary Session with Chet Baker (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 01:11:40 minutes | 879 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Vintage Recordings

Although Chet Baker and Bill Evans were both highly lyrical and introspective players who could have made a marvelous team, they only recorded together on a couple of occasions.

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Bill Evans – Undercurrent (1962/2002/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Bill Evans – Undercurrent (1962/2002/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 30:34 minutes | 216 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Music Manager

Undercurrent is a 1962 album by jazz pianist Bill Evans and jazz guitarist Jim Hall. The two men collaborated again in 1966 on the album Intermodulation.

The front cover image for Undercurrent is Toni Frissell’s photograph “Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida”. The album was originally released on United Artists, then reissued by Solid State in 1968. Later, the album was reissued on the Blue Note label; both Blue Note and United Artists Records have been part of the same catalog for many decades. The original LP and the first CD reissue featured a cropped, blue-tinted version, overlaid with the title and the Blue Note logo in white; but for the most recent (24-bit remastered) CD reissue, the image has been restored to its original black-and-white coloration and size, without lettering.

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Shelly Manne, Bill Evans with Monty Budwig – Empathy (1962) [APO Remaster 2013] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Shelly Manne, Bill Evans with Monty Budwig – Empathy (1962) [Analogue Productions ‘2013]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:03 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,41 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 662 MB

Influential and innovative jazz pianist Bill Evans took time off from his regular trio to record Empathy with drummer Shelly Manne (who shares equal billing) and bassist Monty Budwig. Critics noted that the impromptu collaboration seemed to loosen Evans up, inspiring a lighter, freer and more relaxed performance on this album than on his previous recordings with his usual bandmates.

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Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (2017) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (2017)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 47:50 minutes | 3,77 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 47:50 minutes | 853 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | | Front Cover | Genre: Jazz | © 2xHD

„Another Time: The Hilversum Concert“ is a rare, never-before-issued recording of the legendary Bill Evans trio featuring Eddie Gomez on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums, captured live at the Netherlands Radio Union Studios in Hilversum on June 22, 1968. This is only the third known recording in existence of this particular trio, who only performed together as a trio for a six month period in 1968, and was originally recorded and broadcast on the radio program Jazz in Actie by Dutch producer Joop de Roo. For the audiophile, this is possibly the best sounding live recording of Bill Evans found to date, captured with the then state of the art equipment of the NRU, and kept in pristine condition over the years.

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Bill Evans – Symbiosis (1974/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Bill Evans – Symbiosis (1974/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 41:00 minutes | 806 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © MPS

Bill Evans’ enormous discography is so big that some of his albums fall too quickly into the oblivion. Published in 1974 by the German label MPS, Symbiosis is one of his overlooked albums for you to rediscover without delay! Recorded in the CBS studio on the 30th road of New York on the 11th, 12th and 14th of February 1974, he is reminiscent of the pianists interest for classical and Third Stream music, this current that oozed out the brain of Gunther Schuller synthesizing classical western music and jazz. Composed by Claus Ogerman who Evans had hired in 1965 for his album Bill Evans Trio With Symphony Orchestra, this concert work for the jazz trio and symphony orchestra mixes both written and improvised passages. We find both tonal and serial writing throughout this recording, giving a result that would make Glenn Gould go on to say, in one of his radio emissions, that Symbiosis is a “remarkable and marvelous” work. Gould would later add that Ogerman has an “astonishing harmonic inventiveness” but concerning Bill Evans, there are “too many contradictions between the improvised parts, or supposedly improvised, from someone as gifted as Bill Evans and the very sophisticated well-structured scaffolding implemented by Ogerman”. Surrounded by his disciples Eddie Gomez on the double bass and Marty Morell on the drums, Bill Evans is far from being as uninspired as his fellow Canadian. His singular approach, out of this world even, surely baffled more than a few people in the past. But, with the help of time, we are still amazed by the beauty and the intelligence of the changes of rhythms and colours. And by the work itself.

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Bill Evans – Smile With Your Heart: The Best of Bill Evans on Resonance Records (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bill Evans – Smile With Your Heart: The Best of Bill Evans on Resonance Records (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:09:27 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Resonance Records

Smile With Your Heart: The Best of Bill Evans on Resonance brings together standout tracks from the company’s four sets of hitherto unheard material by the lyrical keyboard master: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (2012); Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest (2016); Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (2017); and Evans in England (2019). Evans in England was issued for the first time as limited edition two-LP set on Record Store Day 2019, and 3 tracks from the album appear on Smile With Your Heart.

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Bill Evans Trio – On A Friday Evening (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Bill Evans Trio – On A Friday Evening (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:00:31 minutes | 2,5 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Craft Recordings

A previously unreleased live performance from 1975, captured at Oil Can Harry’s in Vancouver, B.C. This recently unearthed concert recording is issued as a standalone album titled On a Friday Evening.

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