Trio '64 [Master Edition]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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: 731453905825
  • Catalog Number: 539058
  • Sales rank: 82,238

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Lulu (3:40)
  2. 2 A Sleepin' Bee (5:30)
  3. 3 Always (4:02)
  4. 4 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (4:35)
  5. 5 I'll See You Again (3:57)
  6. 6 For Heaven's Sake (4:26)
  7. 7 Dancing in the Dark (4:22)
  8. 8 Everything Happens to Me (4:51)
  9. 9 Little Lulu (4:39)
  10. 10 Little Lulu (5:07)
  11. 11 Always (4:18)
  12. 12 I'll See You Again (4:30)
  13. 13 My Heart Stood Still (4:47)
  14. 14 Always (Breakdown) (0:44)
  15. 15 I'll See You Again (Breakdown) (0:21)
  16. 16 My Heart Stood Still (1:04)
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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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