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Last Waltz
     

The Last Waltz

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by Bill Evans Trio
 
It's a good thing the tapes were rolling while Bill Evans was in residence at San Francisco's Keystone Korner during the fortnight before his death. Otherwise we wouldn't have The Last Waltz, an eight-CD set of previously unreleased material that documents the legendary pianist in a sustained burst of ebullient retrospection. In reimagining 35 tunes that

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It's a good thing the tapes were rolling while Bill Evans was in residence at San Francisco's Keystone Korner during the fortnight before his death. Otherwise we wouldn't have The Last Waltz, an eight-CD set of previously unreleased material that documents the legendary pianist in a sustained burst of ebullient retrospection. In reimagining 35 tunes that encompass the full span of his career (we hear six completely distinctive versions of "Nardis" and three of "Turn Out the Stars," to name a few), Evans plays with astonishing technical virtuosity at the service of emotional projection, incessantly inventing vivid melodies, conveying his unique voicings with a subtle touch, linking choruses with deliberately evolving motifs that tell transcendent stories; you sense the urgency of an inflamed spirit who knows he has only so much time to say his piece, reaching out to the listener through every phrase. A miraculous sequence in the middle of disk 5, from a midweek Thursday, can stand for the gems to be found throughout this final masterpiece -- Evans probes every pore of "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," develops counterpoint of Tatumesque rhythmic complexity on "Like Someone in Love," limns pure melodic contours on "Your Story," and sets forth unbelievably inventive progressions on "Someday My Prince Will Come". bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe Labarbera, Evans's colleagues for the last three years of his life, unfailingly complement and comment upon the dying master's turns of phrase, epitomizing the notion of the trio as an equilateral triangle. It's hard to choose between this and Turn Out the Stars: Final Village Vanguard Recordings, the 1999 Warner Brothers box set of previously unissued recordings by this trio from a few months before; for the consistent passion of the music, The Last Waltz gets the edge if you can buy only one.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
Label:
Milestone
UPC:
0025218443029
catalogNumber:
4430
Rank:
14435

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Performance Credits

Bill Evans Trio   Primary Artist
Bill Evans   Piano
Marc Johnson   Bass
Joe La Barbera   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Carol Hall   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Todd Barkan   Producer,Liner Notes
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Derek Richardson   Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Frank Churchill   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Brian McMillen   Cover Photo
Larry Morey   Composer
Albert Einstein   Liner Notes
Milton Jeffries   Engineer

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