Live At Lulu White's 1979
This release presents a beautiful never before released live performance by the last incarnation of the Bill Evans Trio.
Taped in Boston just a few months before the pianist's untimely death, its highlights include beautiful versions of Jimmy Rowles' "The Peacocks", various Evans originals and an unusual reading of "I'm Getting' Sentimental Over You", a tune he only rarely recorded.
This Boston set at a club named Lulu Whites was probably broadcasted live on radio and fortunately recorded for posterity.
01. Re: Person I Knew (4:10)
02. Midnight Mood (6:00)
03. The Peacocks (6:30)
04. Theme From M.A.S.H. (4:35)
05. Laurie (8:01)
06. Up With The Lark (6:07)
07. Im Gettin Sentimental Over You (4:33)
08. I Do It For Your Love (6:08)
09. My Romance (8:58)
Total time: 55:04 min.
Bill Evans (piano), Marc Johnson (bass) and Joe LaBarbera (drums).
Recorded live at Lulu White's, Boston, Massachusetts, October 30, 1979.
"This Boston set at a club named Lulu White's was probably broadcasted live and fortunately recorded for posterity. This is the first time it appears on CD. The pianist plays here with his last trio, including the aforementioned Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbera, who were both very young musicians. Bill's first known version of pianist Jimmy Rowles' notable tune The Peacocks was taped during an exceptional 1974 concert in Belgium with tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. Evans would record it in the studio three years later for his You Must Believe in Spring album. The most unusual piece on this set is I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, a tune made popular by Tommy Dorsey, but which Thelonious Monk regularly played with his quartet in the mid 1960s. Evans recorded it on a Lee Konitz album titled You and Lee in 1959, then as a duet with Jim Hall for the album Undercurrent in 1962, and finally as a trio piece in 1966 for the album A Simple Matter of Conviction. Apart from that, only four other versions seem to exist, two taped live at the Village Vanguard in 1967, another one from January 15, 1978 (with Michael Moore and Philly Joe Jones), and the one presented here, which was apparently the last one preserved."
Taken from the liner notes.
"Bill Evans was recorded for radio broadcast numerous times during his career, particularly during the last decade of his life, though this is one of just a few such releases to emerge that was taped in the U.S. Recorded for broadcast by WGBH-FM, the pianist is heard with his final trio, bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbera. The crowd is unusually noisy during the opening track, "Re: Person I Knew," because at this point in his career, the audience was frequently packed "
Ken Dryden -All Music Guide