This is the second of two Riverside albums made up of selections recorded by the classic Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, and Paul Motian trio at their legendary live recording session of June 25, 1961. Although originally issued a half-year later than Sunday At The Village Vanguard, this was by no means an afterthought collection of lesser items: Evans and producer Orrin Keepnews immediately recognized that there was more than enough material for two top-level records. The dozen chosen performances were subdivided to enable the first album released to feature LaFaro--who died in an auto accident just ten days after recording. Thus this second collection can fairly be said to present a more typical overview of this remarkable unit at work.
Recorded in 1961.
Bill Evans, piano Scott LaFaro, bass Paul Motian, drums
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Customer Reviews(4.43 Stars) 7 person(s) rated this product.
As if for the first time..
posted on 12/25/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Bill Smith
I don't know how many times I've listened to this record; it's one of my all- time favorites and I thought I knew it well... but after one listen to the SACD, it was as though I'd never heard it before. WOW!
There is a presence, a clarity, and an immediacy that I had not heard on standard CD or vinyl. Whether it is the ambience of the audience within the room, the fuller attack and sustain of Scott LaFaro's bass, the enhanced timbre of the piano, or a hundred little nuances that made such a difference I can't say. Whatever it is, it's fabulous.
Can I give it 6 stars?
posted on 08/16/2011 4 Stars Reviewer: montepilot
SACD's on the whole has been difficult for me to enjoy. This is an exception. Excellent sound. You are there presentation.
posted on 03/31/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Catdaddy
This is a revelatory issue - so crisp and precise that you can practically smell the cigarette smoke in the club. There is a *very* mild amount of "audience ambiance," but the performance only benefits from it, giving the trio even more live energy and intimacy - you will not want it otherwise.
This release is why you bought an SACD player. Do not miss.
Way too much background noise
posted on 08/08/2009 2 Stars Reviewer: Jerry
While the music is really lovely, there is so much background noise (incessant coughing, talking, glass clinking, shuffling etc) that I simply couldn't stand it.
Bill Evans Perfection
posted on 02/18/2006 5 Stars
This is undoubtably one of the finest jazz albums ever made. This recording is as near perfection as one could expect from an album over forty years old. Scott La Faro's bass line is deep and articulate and Bill Evans piano is right up front. Every cut on this disc is a classic. I admit that I listen to this album at least once a week, and I always seem to hear a new nuance in the playing. Doug Sax has done a wonderful job with the remastering of this timeless music. This is a must for any serious jazz fan.
Beautiful. Simply Beautiful.
posted on 12/17/2005 5 Stars Reviewer: Jon
Most who know Mr. Evans work may agree that if one only has one or two pieces of his work in their collection this is very likely one of those to have. The sound quality of the SACD goes far to capture this special performance. Any serious fan of music may not want to deny themselves of this recording.