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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Aside from about 48 minutes' worth of amateur home recordings from the 1940s issued in 2000 by the E3 label, Fivefour's Emergence contains what appear to be Bill Evans' earliest appearances on record as a promising young professional jazz pianist. Within this intriguing time capsule of recordings from 1955 and 1956, Evans is heard as part of a quartet backing vocalist Lucy Reed and in a relaxed foursome led by guitarist Dick Garcia. He navigates intricate modern charts as a member of the intensely driven George Russell Smalltet with trumpeter Art Farmer and sax/flute man Hal McKusick front-lining, and makes marvelous music with clarinetist Tony Scott's Quartet and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Aside from about 48 minutes' worth of amateur home recordings from the 1940s issued in 2000 by the E3 label, Fivefour's Emergence contains what appear to be Bill Evans' earliest appearances on record as a promising young professional jazz pianist. Within this intriguing time capsule of recordings from 1955 and 1956, Evans is heard as part of a quartet backing vocalist Lucy Reed and in a relaxed foursome led by guitarist Dick Garcia. He navigates intricate modern charts as a member of the intensely driven George Russell Smalltet with trumpeter Art Farmer and sax/flute man Hal McKusick front-lining, and makes marvelous music with clarinetist Tony Scott's Quartet and Tentette. This retrospective closes with two essays by a trio with bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Paul Motian followed by a brief early realization of Evans' own "Waltz for Debby" for unaccompanied piano. While some of George Russell's frenetically progressive charts allowed Evans to demonstrate his facility as a high-velocity improviser, the Tony Scott Quartet's languid rendering of Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" reveals the cooler, mistier aspect of Bill Evans that would be immortalized in the company of Miles Davis on the album Kind of Blue. Both sides of Evans' nature are in evidence near the end of the compilation; while "Five" and "Displacement" come across as gnarly exercises in modernity worthy of Dodo Marmarosa or Lennie Tristano, the delicate "Waltz for Debby," less than 80 seconds in duration, paints a simpler picture in subtle tones and modest hues, very personal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • Label: Fivefour
  • EAN: 5013929312128
  • Catalog Number: 21
  • Sales rank: 369,248

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kimona My House (3:42)
  2. 2 Like Someone in Love (5:21)
  3. 3 Ev'ry Night About This Time (2:52)
  4. 4 Ye Hypocrite, Ye Beelzebub - George Russell Smalltet (3:52)
  5. 5 Ezz-Thetic - George Russell Smalltet (5:17)
  6. 6 Round Johnny Rondo - George Russell Smalltet (3:34)
  7. 7 Ballad of Hix Blewit - George Russell Smalltet (3:20)
  8. 8 Concerto for Billy the Kid - George Russell Smalltet (4:45)
  9. 9 Concerto for Billy the Kid - George Russell Smalltet (4:50)
  10. 10 Baltimore Oriole (5:00)
  11. 11 Aeolian Drinking Song - Tony Scott Quartet (6:11)
  12. 12 Deep Purple - Tony Scott Quartet (1:58)
  13. 13 My Old Flame - Tony Scott Quartet (3:34)
  14. 14 'Round About Midnight - Tony Scott Quartet (3:31)
  15. 15 Five (4:03)
  16. 16 Displacement (2:37)
  17. 17 Waltz for Debby (1:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Evans Primary Artist, Piano
Tony Scott Clarinet
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Art Farmer Trumpet
Dick Garcia Guitar
Hal McKusick Alto Saxophone
Lucy Reed Vocals
Teddy Kotick Bass
Danny Bank Bars
Jerry Bruno Bass
Johnny Carisi Trumpet
Bob Carter Bass
Howard Collins Guitar
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Sol Gubin Drums
Joe Harris Drums
Milt Hinton Bass
Osie Johnson Drums
Lenny McBrowne Drums
Paul Motian Drums
Technical Credits
Tony Scott Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Bill Evans Arranger, Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Dick Garcia Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Ray Hall Engineer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Jack Lewis Producer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Fred Reynolds Producer
James Van Heusen Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Bernard Keville Engineer
Arthur Johnston Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
James V. Monaco Composer
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