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Bill Evans

Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest

Artist:     Bill Evans

Album:     Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest

Label:     Resonance Records

Release Date:     04/22/2016


We toss around the word historic with reckless, unbridled impunity. Kim Kardashian scoots across the carpet on her new butt and it’s historic. Someone in Brooklyn devours 1800 hot dogs with jalapeno chili in under an hour and it’s historic. Jazz archeologist Zev Feldman and Resonance Records recover these revelatory lost recordings from the Black Forest of Villingen, Germany… and THAT’S historic, baby!

Originally recorded by renowned German producers Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer and Joachim-Ernst Berendt at MPS Studios in June ’68, this must have 2 CD/2 LP set represents the potent, though short-lived trio of Evans, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette, caught in a private moment (Brunner-Schwer’s living room, with no audience save the producer’s wife and various techies) for the only studio recording of their six month tenure.

Recorded five days after the trio’s burned-into-legend Montreux Jazz Fest performance, each player is still firing on all cylinders. Gomez is especially prolific. His bass pumping, bopping, acrobatic. DeJeohnette’s vitalizing rhythmic textures and whispery metallic shimmers speak directly to Evans, whose thought processes coax and unravel the greatest music and deepest secrets from his grand instrument of ivory, wood and wire. Recorded in trio, duo and solo settings, Evans is at once delicate, playful, lustful, musing, making this bountiful twenty-one track collection eminently listenable and instantly memorable for jazz acolytes and students alike. To select certain titles as highlights is to do dis-service to the great whole. Just know that Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest is a discovery meant for us all to celebrate.

– Mike Jurkovic.

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