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Friday, 27 August 2010

Bill Evans Trio - Sunday at the Village Vanguard

(Riverside (USA) Monaural LP RLP 376, recorded in 1961)

This is the influential album, which, paired with "Waltz For Debby" (see my other listings), documents the groundbreaking trio improvisational concept which has proved so inspirational to a host of other players, like Keith Jarrett. The main innovation was that all three of the trio members could simultaneously improvise, which changed the roles of bass and drums dramatically. Having the great Scott La Faro on bass proved pivotal, and these sadly, were his last recordings, as he died in a car crash a few days later. The drummer, Paul Motian, is, happily, still active, and his brush work here is exemplary. The vinyl album, manufactured and reissued by Orpheum Productions after Riverside went bankrupt, is a must for Evans fans

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