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Bill Evans - At The Montreux Jazz Festival


Analogue Productions



Product No.:
AAPJ 8762
UPC: 753088876219
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP  

180-gram vinyl reissue

Mastered from the original tapes by Bernie Grundman

Pressed at Quality Record Pressings

Old-style tip-on Stoughton Printing jacket

Winner of the 1969 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group!

As others have noted, this album occupies a unique place in the Bill Evans discography. It's the only album to document drummer Jack deJohnette's too-short stay in the trio. The trio's performance on this album won them the 1969 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group.

By the time this set was recorded, live in Montreux on June 15, 1968, Eddie Gomez and Evans had been playing together for two years. Gomez provided a different brand of virtuosity to that offered by Scott LaFaro in Evans's classic trio of five years earlier but he was clearly the best bass player Evans had worked with since LaFaro's tragic death. The groove between the two was deep and comfortable, so comfortable that in this set, Evans did something he hadn't done before, at least on a recording: he showcased Gomez for an entire piece, the almost 7-minute-long "Embraceable You."

As the liner notes by Gene Lees reveal, Evan's performance at the renowned jazz festival in the nightclub of the Montreux Casino, one of the most fashionable resorts in Switzerland, was one of his best. He and Gomez played with more exuberance, more happiness and more drive. Evans' brooding, introspective musical side has been represented well on records before; the bright side has been too-little heard, but it's here in this album.

At the end of each number the audience exploded in applause so stormy and extended that it had to be heavily edited for the album.

Enjoy this sparkling Bill Evans piano performance, made sweeter by the expert mastering by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tape. For this edition only the best vinyl pressing would do — a 180-gram super-silent luxurious-sounding platter from Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs. First-rate and top-notch, this album will make a superb addition to your record collection.

Side 1
One For Helen
A Sleeping Bee
Mother Of Earl

Side 2
I Love You Porgy
The Touch Of Your Lips
Embraceable You
Someday My Prince Will Come
Walkin’ Up

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

You've won a trip to Montreux!

posted on 01/21/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: GLS
Excellent recording. You have a front row seat and are there! Highly recommend.

Brilliant Evans

posted on 09/06/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mike
Lovely live audience recording and very entertaining. Analogue Productions deliver.


posted on 06/19/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Joel
One of the best sounding records I have ever heard!! Not only can I hear where every instrument is in the soundstage but I can hear where each drum and cymbal is! The bass and drums are truly live in the room with you. Just an amazing album!

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