Bill Evans (Piano): Turn Out the Stars: Final Village Vanguard Recordings [Box]

Audio Samples

>Bill's Hit Tune
>Nardis
>If You Could See Me Now
>Two Lonely People, The
>Laurie
>My Romance
>Tiffany
>Like Someone in Love
>Letter to Evan
>Days of Wine and Roses
>Emily
>My Foolish Heart
>Nardis
>Yet Ne'er Broken
>Quiet Now
>But Not for Me
>Spring Is Here
>Autumn Leaves
>Your Story
>Re: Person I Knew
>Polka Dots and Moonbeams
>Two Lonely People, The
>Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)
>Tiffany
>Turn Out the Stars
>Laurie
>My Romance
>Knit for Mary F.
>Midnight Mood
>Time Remembered
>Days of Wine and Roses
>Up With the Lark
>Nardis
>Your Story
>Yet Ne'er Broken
>If You Could See Me Now
>Bill's Hit Tune
>Tiffany
>In Your Own Sweet Way
>I Do It for Your Love
>Five
>Polka Dots and Moonbeams
>Bill's Hit Tune
>Turn Out the Stars
>Days of Wine and Roses
>But Not for Me
>Knit for Mary F.
>Like Someone in Love
>Quiet Now
>Emily
>I Do It for Your Love
>Nardis
>Knit for Mary F.
>Like Someone in Love
>Letter to Evan
>Minha (All Mine)
>Sleepin' Bee, A
>My Romance/Five

Track List

>Bill's Hit Tune
>Nardis
>If You Could See Me Now
>Two Lonely People, The
>Laurie
>My Romance
>Tiffany
>Like Someone in Love
>Letter to Evan
>Days of Wine and Roses
>Emily
>My Foolish Heart
>Nardis
>Yet Ne'er Broken
>Quiet Now
>But Not for Me
>Spring Is Here
>Autumn Leaves
>Your Story
>Re: Person I Knew
>Polka Dots and Moonbeams
>Two Lonely People, The
>Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)
>Tiffany
>Turn Out the Stars
>Laurie
>My Romance
>Knit for Mary F.
>Midnight Mood
>Time Remembered
>Days of Wine and Roses
>Up With the Lark
>Nardis
>Your Story
>Yet Ne'er Broken
>If You Could See Me Now
>Bill's Hit Tune
>Tiffany
>In Your Own Sweet Way
>I Do It for Your Love
>Five
>Polka Dots and Moonbeams
>Bill's Hit Tune
>Turn Out the Stars
>Days of Wine and Roses
>But Not for Me
>Knit for Mary F.
>Like Someone in Love
>Quiet Now
>Emily
>I Do It for Your Love
>Nardis
>Knit for Mary F.
>Like Someone in Love
>Letter to Evan
>Minha (All Mine)
>Sleepin' Bee, A
>My Romance/Five

Album Reviews:

Down Beat (2/97, p.54) - 4.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...One of the persistent cliches about Evans is that he was an `introspective' player. But...these sets reveal him to be an expressive, outgoing swinger....[TURN OUT THE STARS is] a treasure, exposing a robust and exuberant Evans who has multiplied his virtues by geometric proportions..."

Musician (3/97, pp.91-93) - "...The pianist was plainly inspired in his last days by the smooth drive of LaBarbera and the throaty, electrifying accompaniment of Johnson....Few jazz artists ever left behind such an exciting and definitive testament as Evans did with these searching, cataclysmic sides."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]is playing is magnificently mesmerising throughout. A must-have for Evans aficionados."

Album Notes

Bill Evans Trio: Bill Evans (piano); Marc Johnson (bass); Joe LaBarbera (drums).

Producer: Helen Keane.

Compilation producers: Jeff Levenson, Bill Kirchner.

Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York, New York from June 4-6 & 8, 1980. Includes liner notes by Bob Blumenthal and Harold Danko.

New York City's legendary jazz club the Village Vanguard was the setting for Evans's musical triumphs in the early 1960's, and it's ironic it was the scene of his last triumphs. This six-disc set was recorded there in June 1980--Evans would pass away three months hence. Accompanied by bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbera, Evans gives several of his classic tunes definitive readings. The interplay between these three is astonishing, the audio quality is overall superb, and Evans plays often with what can only be called quiet fire. TURN OUT THE STARS proves he left this world at the top of his game.

Personnel: Bill Evans (piano); Marc Johnson (bass instrument); Joe La Barbera (drums).

Recorded live at the Village Vanguard just months before Evans' sudden death in September, 1980, this material was originally earmarked for an album later that year. However, it remained unissued until 1996 when the compilers discovered Evans' handwritten notes concerning the aborted release.

Listening to these performances with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbera, one is struck by how little Evans' overall style had changed in the twenty-four years since his 1956 debut: luxuriously-phrased piano lines, almost horn-like in their length and melodicism, which never lapse into mere vapid prettiness (even on tunes as slick as Paul Simon's "I Do It For Your Love") due to their cerebral, near-abstract quality. Johnson and LaBarbera are an intuitive unit, responding with ease and grace to their leader's occasional flights of fancy.



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