by Jeff Becker
Many are passionate about the works of Bill Evans, and frankly – its not a stretch to be a fan. It simply never gets old, there is always a nuance to enjoy each time, his depth of harmony, his touch and overall use of melodic sensibility is unmatched.
Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest, is a recording that sat in a safe in Germany for nearly 50 years. Luckily for all of us, Resonance Records acquired it, and released this two-CD set in the spring of 2016. Featuring Evans, performing in solo, duo and trio contexts in June of 1968 at the MPS Studios in Villingen, Germany, while on tour in Europe. This is a rare and wonderful find, and a truly “must have” add to your collection.
At the time the Evans’ trio included drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Eddie Gomez. DeJohnette was in this trio for just six months – and this was his only studio session with Evans. It includes Evans’ only recording of “These Foolish Things.” His solo endeavors include: “Lover Man” and “It’s All Right With Me.” The trio’s take on the standard “How About You?” is revealing in so much as the pianist’s evolution origins, begin to show their transformation in a more percussive attack of the piano. Overall, I cannot add much more that has not already been said many times over about Evans, except this is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED add to your collection if you are a Evans devotee.
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