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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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Stan Getz & Bill Evans – Stan Getz & Bill Evans (1973) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UCGU-9029] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Stan Getz & Bill Evans – Stan Getz & Bill Evans (1973) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UCGU-9029]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:16 minutes | Scans included | 1,55 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 604 MB

Stan Getz & Bill Evans is an album by jazz saxophonist Stan Getz & pianist Bill Evans recorded in 1964 for the Verve label but only 1st released 1973.

Includes liner notes by James Isaacs. Digitally remastered by Dennis Drake (Polygram Studios).The only studio meeting between Stan Getz & Bill Evans took place over 2 days in 1964, with the aggressive drummer Elvin Jones & either Richard Davis or Ron Carter on bass. It is peculiar that Verve shelved the results for over a decade before issuing any of the music, though it may have been felt that Getz & Evans hadn’t had enough time to achieve the desired chemistry, though there are memorable moments. The punchy take of “My Heart Stood Still,” the elegant interpretation of “Grandfather’s Waltz,” & the lush setting of the show tune “Melinda” all came from the 1st day’s session, with Davis on bass. (Evidently he was unavailable the following day, so Carter replaced him.) Evans’ driving, challenging “Funkallero” is the obvious highlight from day 2, though the gorgeous “But Beautiful” & the breezy setting of “Night & Day” are also enjoyable. Only the brief version of “Carpetbagger’s Theme,” which seems badly out of place & suggestive of the label’s interference with the session, is a bit of a disappointment. (It’s not included on this SHM version) Obviously neither Getz nor Evans liked the tune, as they go through the motions in a very brief performance. [Some reissues add 3 unissued alternate takes, though additional material from the sessions was included in the box set The Complete Bill Evans on Verve.]~ Ken Dryden

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Cannonball Adderly with Bill Evans – Know What I Mean (1961) [Analogue Productions 2002] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Cannonball Adderly with Bill Evans – Know What I Mean (1961) [APO Remaster 2002]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 51:18 minutes | Scans included | 2,14 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,02 GB

What’s better than a Bill Evans Trio album? How about a Bill Evans trio album on which the bassist is Percy Heath, the drummer is Connie Kay, and the leader is not Evans but alto sax god Cannonball Adderley, making the group actually a quartet? It’s a different sort of ensemble, to be sure, and the musical results are marvelous. Adderley’s playing on “Waltz for Debby” is both muscular and sensitive, as it is on the other Evans composition here, a modal ballad called “Know What I Mean?” Other treats include the sprightly “Toy” and two takes of the Gershwin classic “Who Cares?” The focus here is, of course, on Adderley’s excellent post-bop stylings, but it’s also interesting to hear Evans playing with a rhythm section as staid and conservative as Kay and Heath (both charter members of the Modern Jazz Quartet). It’s hard to imagine any fan of mainstream jazz not finding much to love on this very fine recording.

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Bill Evans with Jeremy Stieg – What’s New (1963) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Bill Evans with Jeremy Stieg – What’s New (1963) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:42 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1,79 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans NOT included | 908 MB
Genre: Jazz

This reissue has the debut of drummer Marty Morell with Bill Evans and bassist Eddie Gomez; that particular trio would keep the same personnel for six productive years. Actually this is a quartet set with guest flutist Jeremy Steig, whose playing recalls Herbie Mann’s recording (Nirvana) with Evans back in the early ’60s. Both flutists were always open to the influences of pop and rock although in both of their collaborations with Bill Evans, the music is very much on the pianist’s turf. With the exception of Evans’ “Time Out for Chris” and the “Spartacus Love Theme,” the songs performed on this date would fit securely in the Miles Davis repertoire of the late ’50s. Steig is in particularly fine form on the program which includes tunes such as “Straight No Chaser”, “Autumn Leaves” and “So What”.

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