Bill Evans: Some Other Time


Some Other Time


Bill Evans (piano)


The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 (Riverside 3RCD-4443-2)

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Bill Evans (piano), Scott LaFaro (bass), Paul Motian (drums).

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

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  • 1 david curtis // Mar 15, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    A golden moment in jazz;Evans at his most creative;innovative;LaFaro and Motian wonderfull empathy;tracks "Solar" "All of You" will forever remain classics for me
  • 2 Dr. John L. Magee // Oct 14, 2008 at 10:11 PM
    Southeastern La. Univ. @ Hammond La. (Evan's alma matter) is in the process of creating an Evan's Collection--in the university library. I am sure they would appreciate any advice, copies of interviews," cross-pollonization" etc. There is possibly here good raw information for researchers and scholars of Bill Evans.