The Last Waltz

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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218443029
  • Catalog Number: 4430
  • Sales rank: 36,922

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 After You, Who? (2:41)
  2. 2 Like Someone in Love (6:56)
  3. 3 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (7:03)
  4. 4 Emily (5:43)
  5. 5 Turn out the Stars (9:14)
  6. 6 I Do It for Your Love (6:33)
  7. 7 Nardis (7:18)
  8. 8 But Beautiful (4:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Yet Ne'er Broken (6:40)
  2. 2 Knit for Mary F. (7:03)
  3. 3 The Touch of Your Lips (5:29)
  4. 4 My Man's Gone Now (6:52)
  5. 5 Turn out the Stars (6:31)
  6. 6 Your Story (5:12)
  7. 7 Nardis (17:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Peau Douce (5:43)
  2. 2 Yet Ne'er Broken (6:08)
  3. 3 My Foolish Heart (5:13)
  4. 4 Up with the Lark (5:52)
  5. 5 Turn out the Stars (8:01)
  6. 6 I Do It for Your Love (6:07)
  7. 7 Nardis (15:55)
  8. 8 Noelle's Theme/I Loves You, Porgy (7:30)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Yet Ne'er Broken (6:06)
  2. 2 Spring Is Here (4:16)
  3. 3 Who Can I Turn to (When Nobody Needs Me) (5:59)
  4. 4 Letter to Evan (6:44)
  5. 5 If You Could See Me Now (5:28)
  6. 6 The Two Lonley People (6:43)
  7. 7 A Sleepin' Bee (5:18)
  8. 8 Haunted Heart (4:49)
  9. 9 Five (4:19)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Re: Person I Knew (4:02)
  2. 2 Tiffany (5:36)
  3. 3 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (6:16)
  4. 4 Like Someone in Love (7:02)
  5. 5 Your Story (4:26)
  6. 6 Someday My Prince Will Come (7:05)
  7. 7 Letter to Evan (6:28)
  8. 8 My Romance (9:15)
  9. 9 But Beautiful (4:03)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Mornin' Glory (3:59)
  2. 2 Emily (4:59)
  3. 3 For Mary F (6:25)
  4. 4 Days of Wine and Roses (7:46)
  5. 5 Up with the Lark (5:19)
  6. 6 My Foolish Heart (4:17)
  7. 7 Nardis (15:17)
  8. 8 But Beautiful (3:50)
Disc 7
  1. 1 My Foolish Heart (4:03)
  2. 2 Nardis (17:47)
  3. 3 Mother of Pearl (5:04)
  4. 4 If You Could See Me Now (5:49)
  5. 5 My Man's Gone Now (4:36)
  6. 6 Who Can I Turn to (When Nobody Needs Me) (6:05)
  7. 7 Waltz for Debby (6:20)
  8. 8 Spring Is Here (3:51)
  9. 9 Five (3:53)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Letter to Evan (8:07)
  2. 2 My Man's Gone Now (6:27)
  3. 3 34 Skidoo (6:27)
  4. 4 Spring Is Here (4:43)
  5. 5 Autumn Leaves (5:39)
  6. 6 Knit for Mary F. (6:31)
  7. 7 Nardis (19:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Evans Trio Primary Artist
Bill Evans Indexed Contributor, 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
Joe Tarantino Remastering
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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  • Posted March 1, 2012

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    Timeless

    Timeless music by a master. It's hard to believe that he was unwell during his residency at Keystone Korner, but the beautiful liner notes by Ben Fong Torres make it clear that he was. Nevertheless, throughout the 8 CDs in this box, Bill Evans, Joe LaBarbera and Mark Johnson play at the pinnacle of what we look for in jazz trio. It may well seem excessive to consider buying such a large box set, but it'll last forever so go ahead!

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