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Bill Evans - Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top Of The Gate Vol. 1

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Listen to rare, previously unheard recordings by legendary pianist Bill Evans thanks to the investigative work of Resonance Records. Live at Art...

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Listen to rare, previously unheard recordings by legendary pianist Bill Evans thanks to the investigative work of Resonance Records. Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 captures two complete sets of the Bill Evans trio with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell on October 23, 1968, at Art D’Lugoff’s legendary Village Gate club in New York City. It’s the only Evans recording released from The Village Gate. The trio had been together only for several weeks when these recordings were made. While they provide admirable support, particularly Gomez, whose playing was always strongly simpatico with Evans's vision the leader's playing remains a wonder to behold. The quality of the ideas that flowed from his brain to his hands is unmatched in the history of jazz piano. Never the flashiest nor the loudest player, Evans had a quiet grace and an exquisite impressionistic touch that to this day remains unequalled.

Bill's son Evan Evans writes, “The lovely work that Zev Feldman, George Klabin and everyone at Resonance Records has done in finding these treasure troves of beauty from my father’s legacy is beyond words…"

“Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate…rivals Evans’s revered Village Vanguard recordings for Riverside in June ’61. The music is frighteningly vivid – like being seated at a table on stage amid the musicians.” - Wall Street Journal

This is the only Bill Evans recording from The Village Gate ever released, offering the listener a table at the front of the stage for a stellar performance by one of jazz’s greatest trios. Includes Someday my prince will come, Emilie, My Funny Valentine, Yesterdays.

Album: Bill Evans - Top Of The Gate Live At Art D'Lugoff's Vol. 1
Label: 2xHD - 2XHDRE-V1240
Format: 2 x Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, 200gr
Country: Canada
Released: December 2023
Genre: Jazz
Style: Post Bop, Modal, Cool Jazz

You’re about to be transported on October 23, 1968, to Greenwich Village in New York City. Jazz in the 1960s was one of the music’s greatest eras, and thanks to a gentleman named George Klabin, we have this important document of one of its leading talents. George was only 22 years old at the time, full of passion and engineering skill, when he took advantage of an offer by Evan’s longtime manager, Helen Keane, to record Bill’s new trio. George aired these two fully recorded sets of music one time on his radio show on Columbia University’s WKCR-FM and these tapes have been stored away all these years until now.

This is the only Bill Evans recording from The Village Gate ever released, offering listeners a table at the front of the stage for a stellar performance by one of jazz's greatest trios. The lineup that night consisted of three musicians in their prime: Evans, bassist Eddie Gomez, and drummer Marty Morell. Recorded by George Klabin with an analogue tube console. 

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Bill Evans - Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top Of The Gate Vol. 1

Regular price $167.75