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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Bill Evans Trio - A Simple Matter Of Conviction

(Verve (USA), V68675, recorded in 1966)

Bill Evans made many albums in the jazz trio format but this is one of the finest featuring the then 21-year-old Eddie Gomez on bass, and the veteran Shelly Manne on drums. As usual, he includes several of his own originals, namely "These Things Called Changes", "Only Child", and "Unless It's You", but he also chooses several tunes which have joined the bop canon, such as "Stella By Starlight" and "Star Eyes". From the heyday of 'forties film nostalgia, we find "Laura", from the big band era there's Tommy Dorsey's theme "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", and the most unlikely choice of the lot, a great updating of that old saloon favourite, "My Melancholy Baby".

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