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Edition One of The Paris Concert by Bill Evans was recorded live in November 1979 at L'espace Cardin in Paris, France. Evans is assisted by bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbera. This first edition of the two includes Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy," Rodgers & Hart's "My Romance" and Paul Simon's "I Do It For Your Love."
Bill Evans was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly worked in a trio setting. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and is considered by some to have been the most influential post-World War II jazz pianist. Evans's use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords, and trademark rhythmically independent, "singing" melodic lines continue to influence jazz pianists today.
Marc Johnson is an American jazz bass player, composer, and band leader. In 1978, Johnson joined legendary pianist Bill Evans in what would be Evans' last trio. Johnson toured and recorded with Evans until the death of the pianist in 1980. His many recording credits since then include discs with Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Eliane Elias, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Baron, Philly Joe Jones, and many others.
Joe LaBarbera is an American jazz drummer and composer. He is best known for his recordings and live performances with the trio of pianist Bill Evans in the final years of Evans' career. Prior to joining Evans he worked in the quartet of Chuck Mangione and Joe Farrell. After Evans' death in 1980, Joe joined singer Tony Bennett.
"While a great deal of attention rightly gets paid to Bill Evans' legendary Village Vanguard recordings early in his career, this superb set recorded in Paris, France shortly before his passing is equally worthy both musically and sonically... Evans' playing here is more fiery and percussive than on the early Riverside recordings, particularly the Village Vanguard sessions, where his introspective, low key approach continues to inspire listeners and musicians alike. Yet the Evans "essence" remains intact, making this concert as vital and essential as any he'd recorded in his career." - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet, Music 10/11, Sound 10/11
"With bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe La Barbera, Evans had one of the strongest trios of his career..." -Scott Yanow, allmusic.com
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Audiophile 180g, 45rpm Vinyl
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Mastered by Bernie Grundman from Original Masters
Bill Evans, piano
Marc Johnson, bass
Joe LaBarbera, drums
LP1 - Side A:
1. I Do It For Your Love
2. Quiet Now
LP1 - Side B:
1. Noelle's Theme
2. My Romance
LP2 - Side C:
1. I Loves You Porgy
2. Up With the Lark
LP2 - Side D:
1. All Mine (Minha)
2. Beautiful Love
3. Excerpts of a Conversation Between Bill and Harry Evans
Recorded by Radio France at L'espace Cardin in Paris, France on November 26, 1979.