Bill Evans - At The Montreux Jazz Festival

 (180 Gram)


Analogue Productions



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UPC: 753088762475
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180-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings! Now at 45 RPM!

Cut by Matthew Lutthans at The Mastering Lab by Acoustic Sounds

Old-style tip-on gatefold jacket by Stoughton Printing

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

"(Analogue Productions) reissued this album once before, in 1994, on a single, 180-gram, 33.3 RPM LP. Mastered by Bernie Grundman, it sounded better than Verve's original pressing. The new 45, mastered by Matt Lutthans and stamped on the late Doug Sax's cutting gear, sounds better still. There is a fiercely live quality to this pressing. Instruments loom on the soundstage with 3D precision. Gomez's bass is vibrant with wood: you hear every pluck, and when he snaps a string, it makes you jump. DeJohnette's trap set is equally clear — every bass beat, stick stroke, and cymbal sizzle — and when he takes a solo, it gets loud but not muddy. Evans's color tones, shifting harmonies, counterpoints, and pedal shifts have never pierced the ambience so audibly, at least not on other pressings of this recording." — Fred Kaplan, Stereophile, October 2020

"Analogue Productions has done a superb job in re-mastering Bill Evans — At The Montreux Jazz Festival to audiophile vinyl. The utilization of 45 RPM speed is a revelation. The atmospheric 'quiet' is at studio-level clarity. (When the audience applauds at the end of a song, it is almost startling). The detailed, precise tonality of the instruments is incredible, especially with a good pair of stereo headphones. Evans' piano is percussive and crisp. All of the double bass sounds are crystalline, and small touches like brush on cymbal are showcased in the mix. The vinyl pressing by Quality Record Pressings is impeccable. ... This album is a jazz and audiophile historical document. This would be a valuable addition to any collection, especially jazz aficionados and vinyl enthusiasts!" — 5 stars / Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition, Aug. 17, 2020. Read the entire review here.

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.

For the 45 RPM 2LP edition of this sparkling Bill Evans piano performance, we turned to mastering engineer Matthew Lutthans, who cut the sides at The Mastering Lab by Acoustic Sounds.

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. And Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on cardboard gatefold jacket with vibrantly reproduced original artwork. How does it get any better? Well, we've cut this edition at 45 RPM! The dead-quiet double-LP, with the music spread over four sides of vinyl, reduces distortion and high frequency loss as the wider-spaced grooves let your stereo cartridge track more accurately.

First-rate and top-notch, this album will make a superb addition to your record collection.





1. Side 1
2. 1. One For Helen
3. 2. A Sleeping Bee
Side 2
5. 1. Mother Of Earl
6. 2. Nardis
Side 3
8. 1. I Love You Porgy
9. 2. The Touch Of Your Lips
Side 4
11. 1. Embraceable You
12. 2. Someday My Prince Will Come
13. 3. Walkin’ Up

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


posted on 12/02/2022
5 Stars
I know that saying one gets chills from an album is an overused expression, but this is the first album I've listened to in a long time that did just that. I'm not sure why, but it just did. The quality is great - clean with a great soundstage, but I have other albums like that too. It must be the performance and perhaps how it was recorded. I almost didn't buy this because I hadn't heard it before in any form, but I am glad I did. Anyway, highly recommended!

Beautiful in every aspect!

posted on 01/24/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mario Cerón Romero
I used to own an original copy of this album. In comparison, the image of this release seems like a zoom in of the original. It is more "white" while the original is more "blue". It comes in a very nice tip- on jacket.

In terms of the sound, this edition is a way better release. It's more detailed, huge soundstage and dynamics. The pressing is also almost perfect. There is just some extremely minimal and non- intrusive crackling, which can be only noticed in the quietest parts (mostly on side B). Overall, very impressed with this release. I guess this is another of those releases that AP made using same sources than Classic Records. I hope they continue doing it. There are so many amazing Classic Records releases that are almost impossible to get nowadays.

Immersive Listening Experience

posted on 10/12/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: S Madon
Exhilarating music, with top-notch artists in great form. Sonically, this 45 rpm gem created an immersive listening experience like no other. The sound stage and imaging were perfect. Bill Evans' mastery on the keyboards create notes that waft crystal clear, you can hear Eddie Gomez's fingers snap on those bass strings during those bass note runs and Jack deJohnette's sticks riding those cymbals to create a musical experience that will make you flip those LP sides all over again once done. This wonderful 45 rpm release has far exceeded my expectations. Well worth the $50 price tag. Kudos to the Analog Productions team!

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