Bill Evans - Bill Evans: Live at Art d'Lugoff's Top of the Gate


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Total download size: 3.5GB Total play length: 1:29:50
Cover art and liner notes included

"There have been many posthumous releases featuring various Bill Evans trios since the pianist's death in 1980, but Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate is a cut above most of them for several reasons. First, it documents Evans' trio with bassist Eddie Gomez (who had been playing with him since 1966) and drummer Marty Morell in the early weeks of this band's existence. Secondly, the session engineer, George Klabin, got permission from Evans' manager Helen Keane to record the performances, his excellent mike placement and adjustments on the fly capture the intimacy of the trio, without distortion and with very little chatter from the often noisy Manhattan crowds of the late '60s. Finally, the interpretations of several of the songs, all known to fans familiar with Evans' repertoire, in several cases represent an early live trio recording or one of the earliest recordings of certain songs. The fact that the trio was new matters little, the chemistry developed quickly between the three musicians as a unit and Evans is buoyed by Gomez's inventive basslines (it's little wonder he remained with the pianist for over 11 years), and Morell's light touch on drums and subtle brushwork. Several of the numbers are repeated in both sets, including driving takes of "Yesterdays," melodically rich treatments of "'Round Midnight," and two buoyant renditions of "Emily." Evans' fans will delight in his introspective, somewhat disguised arrangement of "California, Here I Come," the dazzling workout of "Autumn Leaves," and the magical romp through "Someday My Prince Will Come." If the music isn't enough, the detailed liner notes as to how the recordings came to be made, along with commentary by Nat Hentoff, Gary Burton, Eddie Gomez, Marty Morell, and others, in addition to period photographs of the artists and the club's interior, make it a complete package, not some carelessly packaged collection of previously unknown performances. This set will be considered essential by Bill Evans collectors. " -AllMusic

For the 2xHD transfer of this recording the original 1/4", 15 IPS NAB master tape was played on a Nagra-T modified with high-end tube playback head direct to a Telefunken EF806 tube. The Nagra-T has one of the best transports ever made, having four direct drive motors, two pitch rollers adn a tape tension head.

2xHD did an analog transfe to DSD256 (11.2mHz) using Merging Horus/Hapi A/D converter and a dCS Vivaldi clock. Each format (96kHz, 192kHz, DSD2.8mHz, DSD5.6mHz and DSD11.2mHz) was created from that transfer.

Emily: Emily (Take 1)
Roberta: Yesterdays (Take 1)
'Round Midnight (Take 1)
Babes in Arms: My Funny Valentine
California Here I Come
Gone with the Wind: Gone With The Wind
Turn Out the stars
Roberta: Yesterdays (Take 2)
Emily: Emily (Take 2)
In a Sentimental Mood: In A Sentimental Mood
'Round Midnight (Take 2)
Autumn Leaves: Les feuilles mortes (Autumn Leaves)
Snow White: Someday My Prince Will Come
Mother Of Earl
Carnival in Flanders: Here's that Rainy Day

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