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Live at Town Hall
Bill Evans
Live at Town Hall
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Bill Evans
Title: Live at Town Hall
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Cool Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 042283127128

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Bill and the NIght and the Music
JayMusic | NJ, United States | 02/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'd consider this the high point of Bill Evans' years as a Verve recording artist in the mid-1960s. The only official release of his trio with drummer Arnold Wise, they sound unusually upbeat, and Bill is in top form here in this NYC 1966 concert. The best reason to buy the CD however, may just be the extended solo performance, dedicated to his father who had just passed away (he plays his own compositions, "Story Line" --a reworked "Re: Person I Knew", "Turn Out the Stars" --, and the impressionistic and haunting "Prologue" and "Epilog".)
His versions of "Who Can I Turn To" and "Spring is Here", just to name two, are among the best -known jazz treatments of these standards. Bill Evans virtually defined jazz piano in the sixties and beyond, and this is one of the very best examples from the middle period in his career. As opposed to a number of his other Verve releases, the sound is superb, and you can hear all the interplay, the fun, and the fierce concentration of these guys beautifully recorded. Get on over to the checkout page, you can't go wrong with this one."
The Town Hall Concert Killer Album!
Anthony R. Guarriello | Rutherfordton NC | 10/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is Bill's last album with bassist Chuck Israel's. It is a live date recorded in Febuary of 1966 with Arnie Wise at the drums. This concert was supposed to have a second dics of tunes with the Evans trio and a big band but all involed felt the big band material was under parr for release. Never the less this record is superb. The first cut I Should Care, which originally appeared on How my Heart Sings has blossemed from that first recording into a tour de force due to six years of playing gigs around the globe. The ending is my favorite part very tight. We also get the solo piano piece song for my father which is actually three evans originals in a suite form,one of these originals being Turn Out the Stars which this album marks its first recorded apperance. The solo piano suite is very beautiful with strong ties to bill's classical piano roots,especially the begining. The album has a very good live recorded sound. This is verve's best representation of the "Bill Evans Sound" There are extended workouts from bassist and drummer. Overall this record is one worth the price of a disc so get it now!"
Steve Cline | Minneapolis, MN USA | 08/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What strikes me most intensely about this album is that the recording of Spring is Here is heartbreaking. Its feigned indifference is unusually powerful. My Foolish Heart is remarkable as well, sultry yet emotional. By comparison, I Should Care, Who Can I Turn To, and Make Someone Happy are so-so. For me, the other two pieces, written by Evans, were unimportant. The Solo piece takes up over 13 minutes."