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Bill Evans Trio – Portrait in Jazz [Remastered] (1960/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Bill Evans Trio – Portrait in Jazz [Remastered] (1960/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:24 minutes | 1,51 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Bookelt, Front Cover | © Riverside

Considered a pivotal album in jazz, this 1960 release from pianist Bill Evans marked the debut of his classic but short-lived trio, bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. Tragically, LaFaro would die in a car accident less than two years after Portrait In Jazz was recorded, plunging Evans into a deep depression that kept him away from music entirely for many months.

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Bill Evans – Live at Ronnie Scott’s (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bill Evans – Live at Ronnie Scott’s (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:39:30 minutes | 1,66 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Bookelt, Front Cover | © Resonance Records

Bill Evans’ Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby are undoubtedly two of the finest-crafted live recordings in jazz; the musicianship is legendary, the recording pristine. Yet listening to Live at Ronnie Scott’s, a “new” live album that captures Evans with his mythic 1968 trio—bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette—can make those two earlier albums sound a little sterile by comparison.

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Various Artists – Great Jazz Selection (2018) [Esoteric Japan Box Set] SACD ISO + FLAC

VA – Great Jazz Selection (2018) [Esoteric Japan Box Set]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 247:31 minutes | Some Scans included | 10 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Some Scans included | 5,71 GB

ESOTERIC Company proudly introduces a new series of Re-mastered Jazz Masterpiece Collection. The reissue of historical music masterpieces by ESOTERIC has attracted a lot of attention, both for its uncompromising commitment to recreating the original master sound, and for using SACD technology to improve sound quality. This Box Set of “Great Jazz Selection” features iconic releases of Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Bud Powell, Lee Morgan & Oscar Peterson. Not only for new followers, but also for well experienced followers of these recorded materials.

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Bill Evans, Eddy Gomez, Marty Morell – Evans in England (Remastered) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Bill Evans, Eddy Gomez, Marty Morell – Evans in England (Remastered) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:50:35 minutes | 7,15 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD

Evans in England is a newly-discovered recording of the Bill Evans Trio featuring bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell captured live at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London, England in December of 1969.

This release of previously un-issued Bill Evans recordings captures Evans in a peak period of creativity at the helm of what would become his longest-lasting trio.

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Bill Evans Trio – Waltz For Debby (1962) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Bill Evans Trio – Waltz For Debby (1962) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:22 minutes | Scans included | 1,55 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 888 MB

Waltz for Debby is a live album by jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans and his Trio consisting of Evans, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian. his album is widely considered to be one of the best in the Evans canon, and the type of emotive interplay between the musicians that at some points seemed almost deconstructed has served as a model for piano trio play.

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Bill Evans – The East End (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Bill Evans – The East End (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:06:03 minutes | 836 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Jazzline

The Cologne Stadtgarten venue was crammed that mid-February eve in 2011. A very special concert was scheduled for the night – the American saxophonist Bill Evans was in town to perform with the WDR Big Band.

The crowd’s anticipation of a sublime live concert made the air crackle with excitement. The temperature was rising quickly and the vibe was getting better and better. Evans has always loved that sort of setting. The atmosphere created by the audience combined with the musicians being incredibly focused on what is about to unfold, it creates the perfect atmosphere that enables him to deliver a top performance on stage, performing on both tenor and soprano saxophone.

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Bill Evans – Live at Art d’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (2012/2017) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz]

Bill Evans – Live at Art d’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (2012/2017)
DSF Stereo DSD128, 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 01:29:50 minutes | 7,09 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD/Resonance Records
Recorded live October 23, 1968, Greenwich Village, NYC by George Klabin

The album Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate, offers listeners a table at the front of the stage for a stellar performance by one of jazz’s greatest trios. It’s October 23, 1968 in Greenwich Village, The lineup that night consisted of three musicians in their prime: Evans, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell. Evans had, reportedly, kicked his drug habit during this period, and this was thought by many to be his most stable and, certainly, longest-lasting group. This trio was together until 1975. Evans is in both swinging and contemplative modes and highlights the trio’s superb interaction. Gomez had been with Evans since 1966, while Morell came aboard in 1968; Gomez was a master improviser, while Morell was an energetic, straight-ahead drummer, always keeping the trio on track. Along with the leader, both contribute masterful solos here. The album features two complete sets, including two versions of three songs. There is one original (“Turn Out the Stars”); the rest are jazz standards and familiar show tunes.
Throughout the two sets, Evans showcases his gift for interpreting standards, over the seventeen tracks. “My Funny Valentine” moves effortlessly from tenderness to passion, while “Gone with the Wind” erupts at a breakneck pace and “Here’s That Rainy Day” concludes the evening with heart-breaking emotion.
Students of Evans’ music will be delighted to see that three pieces (“Emily,” “Yesterdays,” and “‘Round Midnight”) are represented in both the first and second sets, offering a rare opportunity to compare the soloists’ diverging takes on the same tunes in a single evening. Also, several of the selections possess historic significance: both “My Funny Valentine” and “Here’s That Rainy Day” (and possibly “Mother of Earl”) mark Evans’ first documented trio performances of those songs, while “Here’s That Rainy Day” may be the first time Evans recorded that piece period.

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Bill Evans – Further Conversations With Myself (1967/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bill Evans – Further Conversations With Myself (1967/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:08 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, 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.

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Bill Evans – Explorations (1961) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Bill Evans Trio – Explorations (1961) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 51:01 minutes | Scans included | 2,16 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 0,99 GB

When this album was recorded in February of 1961, it had been more than year since the Portrait in Jazz was issued, the disc that won the critics over. By the time of this issue, Evans had released four albums in six years, a pace unheard of during that time. Most musicians were issuing two, three, and even four records a year during the same era. Many speculate on Evans’ personal problems at the time, but the truth of the matter lies in the recordings themselves, and Explorations proves that the artist was worth waiting for no matter what else was going on out there. Evans, with Paul Motian and Scott LaFaro, was onto something as a trio, exploring the undersides of melodic and rhythmic constructions that had never been considered by most. For one thing, Evans resurrects a number of tunes that had been considered hopelessly played out, and literally reinvents them — “How Deep Is the Ocean” and “Sweet and Lovely.” His harmonic richness that extends the melodic and color palette of these numbers literally revived them from obscurity and brought them back into the canon. He also introduced “Haunted Heart” into the jazz repertoire, with a wonderfully impressionistic melodic structure, offered space, and depth by the understatement of Motian and extension by LaFaro’s canny use of intervals. Also noteworthy is Miles Davis’ “Nardis,” which Evans first played on a Cannonball Adderley set a couple of years before. The rhythmic workout by the Motian and LaFaro places Evans’ own playing in a new context, with shorter lines, chopping up the meter, and a series of arpeggios that open the ground for revelatory solo in counterpoint by LaFaro. Explorations is an extraordinary example of the reach and breadth of this trio at its peak.

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Bill Evans – Bill Evans At The Montreux Festival (1968) [Japanese Reissue 2004] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Bill Evans – Bill Evans At The Montreux Festival (1968) [Japanese Reissue 2004]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:20 minutes | Scans included | 2,16 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,07 GB

Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Casino De Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland on June 15, 1968. Originally released on Verve (8762). Includes liner notes by Gene Lees. Digitally remastered by Dennis Drake (Polygram Studios) & Gert Van Hoeyen (Polygram Sound Lab, Baarn, The Netherlands). A unique Japanese SACD remaster of the American musician’s 1968 release as part of the ‘Verve 60th Anniversary Supreme Sound Edition’ series; DSD digitally remastered by Seigen Ono. Centre label of the original LP faithfully reproduced on the CD.

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