Sunday at the Village Vanguard is a live album by jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans and his Trio consisting of Evans, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian. Released in 1961, the album is routinely ranked as one of the best live jazz recordings of all time. Sunday at the Village Vanguard was drawn from material recorded during five sets on June 25, 1961 at the Village Vanguard in New York City
Sunday at the Village Vanguard is the initial volume of a mammoth recording session by the Bill Evans Trio, from June 25, 1961 at New York's Village Vanguard documenting Evans' first trio with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. Its companion volume is Waltz for Debby. This trio is still widely regarded as his finest, largely because of the symbiotic interplay between its members. Tragically, LaFaro was killed in an automobile accident ten days after this session was recorded, and Evans assembled the two packages a few months afterward.
A second album by the trio was recorded on February 2nd 1961. There were many arguments between Evans and LaFaro in the studio, likely caused by Evans’ drug addiction and LaFaro’s disapproval of that habit. Evans complained about a splitting headache, the works. When selecting which tunes to put on the first LP featuring recordings from that day, the now classic Sunday At The Village Vanguard, Evans picked the two tunes LaFaro wrote, Gloria’s Step and Jade Visions, and did not pick any of his originals. A second LP with more material from that day, Waltz For Debby, was released the following year.
The original releases-Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby-are celebrated masterpieces. This three-CD set is a brilliant reissue-almost a revision-of that material, with superb sound from the newly remastered original tapes and all of the music presented in the sequence of the original five sets, adding a previously unissued take of "Gloria's Step," spoken introductions, and the band's incidental conversation. Instead, you are sitting right there, in front of the Bill Evans Trio playing their New York City gig at the Village Vanguard, and everything is so fantastically clear that I use this album as a standard by which to judge headphones.
To look at Bill Evans in the 1950s and '60s, one might think that he was the most unlikely looking jazz titan to ever depress a piano key. Thin and bespectacled with a dweeb's haircut, Evan's was the picture of a bookish intellectual. He was well versed in the European Impressionism of Les Six and Debussy, deftly folding that introspection into performances of the American Musical Canon, as well as his own classic compositions. Pure and thoughtful musicality permeates the 20 performances of 12 disparate songs. Bill Evans Trio: How My Heart Sings. Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate by AAJ Italy Staff. Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top of The Gate by C. Michael Bailey.
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Bill Evans Trio With Scott LaFaro, Paul Motian 1961 Waltz For Debby – 02 Waltz For Debby. Bill Evans Trio Featuring Scott La Faro – Jade Visions (take 1). 5:24. Bill Evans Trio - Portrait In Jazz (1959) – Autumn Leaves Scott La Faro.
Album Design by Ken Deardoff. Cover art by Donald Silverstein. Recorded live at the Vanguard in Greenwich Village, NYC, on a famous Sunday afternoon and night of June 25, 1961-the legendary venue situated on Seventh Avenue South, served host for a historic moment in time. Playing a total of 13 songs in the smoky, triangular-shaped basement, this was the last day of a two-week gig, and sadly ten days before Scott LaFaro's tragic car accident. To conclude, Mobile Fidelity's second UD1S release-Sunday at the Village Vanguard by Bill Evans Trio-is a worthy successor to their debut-Santana's Abraxas.