Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
If (relatively) new to Mr Evans, don't miss this one
Ian Muldoon | Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia | 02/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are a number of reasons for acquiring this CD. One is the extended version of NEVER LET ME GO, one an alternate, both at about 15 minutes. Mr Evans did not record many lengthy explorations and this may have been due to market imperatives. Another reason is the remastering quality which seems fine to me. Additionally, there are 75 minutes of music of this master in ideal circumstances."
spiral_mind | Pennsylvania | 06/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While Peter Feng's comments below are excellently informative regarding the assembly of this CD's extra tracks, I have to add some thoughts from the perspective of an Evans neophyte. What if you don't have any previous editions of Alone (or any Evans) yet and are only beginning to discover the man's brilliance? Then by all means, buy this disc! As stated before, the original album itself is nothing short of a masterpiece. Bill's aptitude with chords and harmonics was legendary: he was known for not only using all kinds of unusual harmonies and combinations but somehow making them all sound eminently natural, as opposed to the somewhat jarring style of, e.g., Thelonious Monk. In addition to weaving beautifully complex single-note right hand lines all over the place, he occasionally runs off a rapid (well, mid-tempo-rapid) series of chords that seems to change its mode at every other interval. And in addition to what he's doing with the notes, Bill somehow gets a *tone* out of the piano that's nothing short of gorgeous. Maybe it was his touch on the keys or his way of using the instrument's damper pedals to slightly muffle the strings, maybe it was the equipment used for recording and mastering, maybe it was a combination of all of those. Whatever the reason, once you know how Evans sounded, the ear-pleasing sound and the beautiful stylings of those skilled hands at the keyboard make it impossible to mistake for anyone else.The bonus tracks? Mr. Feng was helpful enough to explain all about those below, so I don't need to go over it again. (Easy cop-out for me, eh?) I'll just say that for me, any quibbles about documentation fade into insignificance in comparison to letting the music speak for itself. Basically, choosing this edition means getting two copies of the album on one CD - there's one alternate run-through of every track, which gives us a chance to hear how Bill worked up to the finished product; there's one run-through combining two different songs, plus an extra track that wasn't on the original LP at all. You can program just the basic tracks in order, you can play solely through the alternates to get a 'rehearsal' version of the album, or you can hit Random and let everything flow as it wills for 74 rapturous minutes. Each of these selections is a soft dreamy meditation in itself, easy on the ears and soothing to the soul. For quiet times, whether with company or while alone yourself.. you'd be hard-pressed to find a soundtrack more fitting."
Classic Bill Evans Solo Album
Oldnslow | Seattle, Washington USA | 11/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In my humble opinion this is one of the greatest jazz piano solo albums of all time. The improvisations Evans lays down on these standards, particularly on Never Let Me Go, simply dwarfs most solo playing by other jazz pianists. It is also important to consider that at the time this was recorded, 1968, very few pianists were recording solo. Apart from Tatum, and perhaps Earl Hines and Teddy Wilson, all with styles predating bepop, nobody was doing much in the way of solo jazz piano(let's face it, most bebop pianists would have been ill-equipped for solo playing). Nowdays, of course, every pianist on the planet thinks they can bring off a solo CD, but even now there are very few who can do it successfully. Classic Evans, beautifully remastered by Verve, and not to be missed."