Trio '64 [Master Edition]

Trio '64 [Master Edition]

by Bill Evans
     
 

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Joining Bill Evans (piano) on Trio '64 -- his initial first three-piece recording for Verve -- is the compact rhythm section of Gary Peacock (bass) and Paul Motian (drums). The effort spotlights their communal and intuitive musical discourse, hinging on an uncanny ability of the musicians to simultaneously hear and respond. All the more interesting, Evans had not… See more details below

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Joining Bill Evans (piano) on Trio '64 -- his initial first three-piece recording for Verve -- is the compact rhythm section of Gary Peacock (bass) and Paul Motian (drums). The effort spotlights their communal and intuitive musical discourse, hinging on an uncanny ability of the musicians to simultaneously hear and respond. All the more interesting, Evans had not interacted in this setting before, having most recently worked with Chuck Israels (bass) and Larry Bunker (drums). The personable opener, "Little Lulu," features the aggregate melodically molding individual and distinct sonic characteristics. Evans' nimble and emphatic syncopation is not only ably supported, but framed by Peacock's expressive runs and Motian's acute sense of timing. "A Sleeping Bee" is one of the collection's most endearing selections as the groove playfully scintillates surrounding some hauntingly poignant chord changes. Evans bandies back and forth with Peacock, the latter likewise providing a stellar solo. "Always" captures a similar effervescence as the instrumentalists ebb and flow in synchronicity. Since the December 18 session was held the week before Christmas 1963, they fittingly tote out "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," creating a minor masterpiece of post-bop from what could easily have started as a spontaneous seasonal suggestion. Noël Coward's "I'll See You Again" bears a brisk waltz persona, enabling the unit to fluently weave its offerings without obstructing the otherwise affective tune. Concluding Trio '64 is Rodgers & Hart's standard "Everything Happens to Me," with an unhurried tempo lingering just long enough to embrace the familiar refrain. Evans sparkles, gliding around Peacock's full-bodied basslines and Motian's solid yet restrained beat. [The 1997 20-bit Verve Master Edition includes eight supplementary sides ranging from alternate takes of "Little Lulu," "Always," and "I'll See You Again" to the unissued "My Heart Stood Still." The contents can also be found on the 18-volume Complete Bill Evans on Verve box set.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/1997
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731453905825
catalogNumber:
539058
Rank:
55235

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Evans   Primary Artist,Piano
Gary Peacock   Bass
Paul Motian   Drums

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Jack Maher   Liner Notes
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Bob Simpson   Engineer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Elise Bretton   Composer
Tom Adair   Composer
Donald Meyer   Composer
Don Meyer   Composer
Sherman Edwards   Composer

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