Bill Evans Last Waltz (8-CD Box Set)

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Last Waltz (8-CD Box Set)
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Format: CD  (8 Discs)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Released: October 10, 2000
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Milestone

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The Last Waltz is a profoundly moving valedictory. These eight discs find Evans's poetic piano infused with a life-force that is palpable, even on the most brooding ballads. The terrible irony, of course, is that though we seldom heard this great artist in more expansive form than is so evident here, Evans (1929-1980) was near death, knew it and, consequently, was exceptionally driven to make every note count. This only adds to the poignancy of these, his final recordings.

The Las Waltz's 65 previously unreleased performances take in 32 different melodies, most of them standards, as well as nine Evans originals. The sessions stem from eight nights at a one-time San Francisco jazz landmark by the pianist's last outstanding trio, during what would prove to be the penultimate week of his life. This collection is additionally notable for its repertoire, amounting to a beautifully-charted Evans Retrospective. Buoyed and consistently challenged by the young but adept bass-drums team of Marc Johnson and Joe LaBarbera, who had joined him in 1978 and 1979, respectively, Evans rethinks, reconfigures, and revitalizes many of the touchstone pieces spanning his brilliant career.

Entertainment Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) - 4/01, p.106
"...With Bill as intense and inventive as at any time, it's hard not to hear this stupendous music as the grandest, most defiant of finales."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.After You
  • 2.Like Someone In Love
  • 3.Polka Dots And Moonbeams
  • 4.Emily
  • 5.Turn Out The Stars
  • 6.I Do It For Your Love
  • 7.Nardis
  • 8.But Beautiful

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Yet Ne'er Broken
  • 2.Knit For Mary F
  • 3.The Touch Of Your Lips
  • 4.My Man's Gone Now
  • 5.Turn Out The Stars
  • 6.Your Story
  • 7.Nardis

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Peau Douce
  • 2.Yet Ne'er Broken
  • 3.My Foolish Heart
  • 4.Up With The Lark
  • 5.Turn Out The Stars
  • 6.I Do It For Your Love
  • 7.Nardis
  • 8.Noelle's Theme / I Loves You, Porgy

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Yet Ne'er Broken
  • 2.Spring Is Here
  • 3.Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
  • 4.Letter To Evan
  • 5.If You Could See Me Now
  • 6.The Two Lonely People
  • 7.A Sleepin' Bee
  • 8.Haunted Heart
  • 9.Five

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Re: Person I Knew
  • 2.Tiffany
  • 3.Polka Dots And Moonbeams
  • 4.Like Someone In Love
  • 5.Your Story
  • 6.Someday My Prince Will Come
  • 7.Letter To Evan
  • 8.My Romance
  • 9.But Beautiful

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • 1.Mornin' Glory
  • 2.Emily
  • 3.For Mary F
  • 4.Days Of Wine And Roses
  • 5.Up With The Lark
  • 6.My Foolish Heart
  • 7.Nardis
  • 8.But Beautiful

Tracks on Disc 7:

  • 1.My Foolish Heart
  • 2.Nardis
  • 3.Mother Of Earl
  • 4.If You Could See Me Now
  • 5.My Man's Gone Now
  • 6.Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
  • 7.Waltz For Debby
  • 8.Spring Is Here
  • 9.Five

Tracks on Disc 8:

  • 1.Letter To Evan
  • 2.My Man's Gone Now
  • 3.34 Skidoo
  • 4.Spring Is Here
  • 5.Autumn Leaves
  • 6.Knit For Mary F
  • 7.Nardis

Product Description:

Bill Evans Trio: Bill Evans (piano); Marc Johnson (bass); Joe LaBarbera (drums).
Recorded live at Keystone Korner, San Francisco, California from August 31-September 8, 1980. Includes liner notes by Todd Barkan and Derk Richardson.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (2000, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
A moving finale to a remarkable career, The Last Waltz was recorded during a nine-night stand at San Francisco's legendary Keystone Korner one week prior to jazz piano icon Bill Evans' death at age 51. With the youthful rhythm team of Marc Johnson and Joe LaBarbera providing telepathic support, Evans turns in some of the most magnificent performances of his 25-year career. Aware that his days were numbered, he played with the creative drive and improvisational intensity with which he had long ago made his mark. This eight-disc set's 65 tracks include takes on 32 different tunes of which nine are Evans originals. Revisiting, reworking, and revitalizing many of his signature pieces, he finds new dimensions to explore in each. The set lists range from standards like "My Foolish Heart," "If You Could See Me Now," "Autumn Leaves," and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" to the pianist's own classics, "Turn Out the Stars," "Letter to Evan," and "Waltz for Debby." The lengthy solo piano introductions to six different renderings of Miles Davis' "Nardis" are breathtaking in their beauty. This is simply gorgeous music, powerful and moving, a fitting farewell from one of the finest. ~ Jim Newsom

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