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Friday, 27 August 2010

Bill Evans Trio - Moonbeams

(Riverside (USA) Monaural LP RLP 428, recorded in 1962)

This is the first Evans album featuring bassist Chuck Israels, who replaced the sadly departed Scott La Faro, but again with Paul Motian on drums. Seen as a transitional album, Evans was forced to become more dominant, due to the different nature of Israel's playing. An all-ballad album, the selections here include Evans originals "Re: Person I Knew" (an anagram based on producer Orrin Keepnews' name) and "Very Early" as well as the standards here (Burke-Van Heusen's "Polka Dots and Moonbeams", Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Stairway To The Stars", as well as a jazz original (Tadd Dameron's "If You Could See Me Now"). An atmospheric ballad album by Evans.

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