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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Bill Evans Trio - At Shelly's Manne Hole

(Riverside (USA) Stereo LP RS 9487, recorded in 1963)

This is the first Evans album featuring bassist Chuck Israels, with Larry Bunker on drums. This is the 1965 Orpheum Productions Riverside reissue, since Riverside had gone bankrupt around that time.,(See my listings for another album featuring this same line-up, "Trio '65"). The selections here include no Evans originals and they play mostly standards (Rodgers & Hart's "Isn't It Romantic", Vincent Youmans's "The Boy Next Door", Gershwin's "Our Love Is Here To Stay", Victor Young & Ned Washington's "Stella By Starlight"), as well as other jazz originals (Barney Kessel's"Swedish Pastry", Chuck Israel's "Blues In F", Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight"). This is a hard-to-find 'live' album by Evans, mainly due, I think to the confusion surrounding Riverside's bankruptcy. At the time (1965), I worked at Wallich's Music City in Hollywood, and after work (the shop stayed open till 2AM (!), I used to walk the two blocks from Sunset and Vine over to Shelly's on Cahuenga Blvd. and catch the last set. On one of these occasions, I actually met Bill and asked him if the Riverside albums would be re-released. He gave me a vague answer to this query, as he obviously didn't know himself.

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