Bill Evans: Some Other Time
Some Other Time
Bill Evans (piano)
The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 (Riverside 3RCD-4443-2)
Composed by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York City, June 25, 1961
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
The summer and fall of 1961 at the Village Vanguard marked one of the greatest musical runs in jazz history. In just a matter of months, Bill Evans and John Coltrane would release some of their most revered music, all captured live at 178 Seventh Avenue South. The Evans recordings are complete master classes in the art of the piano trio – all three players communicate brilliantly and seem to know exactly when to play, and more importantly, exactly when to leave space for their trio-mates. While Evans and Motian are both in fine form, it is LaFaro’s exquisite decision making on the bandstand that places these recordings on the edge of (dare I say) jazz perfection.
Reviewer: Eric Novod