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At The Village Vanguard

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My Foolish Heart
My Romance (Take 1)
Gloria's Step (Take 2)
My Man's Gone Now
All Of You (Take 2)
(I Loves You) Porgy
Waltz For Debby (Take 2)
Jade Visions (Take 2)
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 64:56

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Bill Evans, At The Village Vanguard
2001 | Label: Fantasy / Riverside

Bill Evans was the doomed Romantic poet of jazz, an unparalleled colorist who sang his sadness ever so gently into the keys. Although Evans was certainly an innovator, both in his pseudo-impressionistic harmonic language and in the degree of interactivity he pushed for in the trio format, it is mostly for the fragile emotional terrain of his music and its understated, nearly subterranean eloquence that he will be remembered. His best and most responsive trio,… read more »

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This record culled from a day's work at The Village Vanguard is very fine. Evan's own playing is elevated by the immediacy of the occasion. This is music which, more than most in the jazz literature, continues to provoke marvel and endless study by listeners and musicians alike!

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Sweet album, but buy carefully


This slimmed-down version of the live session already published as "Sunday at the VV" and "Waltz for Debby" is well-selected, as it picks what easily are the high marks in an already great recording. That being said, if you already have both, it's a waste, and if you have one already, you're better off picking the missing tracks (1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 complete "Sunday", the rest complete "Waltz") or better yet, picking up the second one and recreating this as a playlist.

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They Say All Music Guide

The release of this CD was a bit of a frivolity. The music that pianist Bill Evans, bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian recorded at the Village Vanguard during a well documented night had already been reissued on these two CDs (with the exception of one alternate take): Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby. This particular reissue takes “the best of” those performances, reducing 13 selections and seven alternate takes down to one version apiece of ten songs. The music is brilliant but only tells part of the picture from that magical evening. Get the other two CDs instead. – Scott Yanow