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Bill Evans: Turn Out The Stars/The Final Village Vanguard Recordings June 1980 Box set

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  • Audio CD (18 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B001QITOQ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Bill's Hit Tune {2nd Set} 7:47£0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. Nardis {2nd Set}15:37Album Only
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  6. My Romance {1st Set} 7:43£0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. Tiffany {2nd Set} 5:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Like Someone In Love {2nd Set} 7:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. Letter To Evan {2nd Set} 5:22£0.89  Buy MP3 
10. Days Of Wine And Roses {2nd Set} 9:00£0.89  Buy MP3 
11. Emily {2nd Set} 4:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
12. My Foolish Heart {2nd Set} 4:03£0.89  Buy MP3 
13. Nardis {2nd Set}16:17Album Only
14. Yet Ne'er Broken {3rd Set} 6:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
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16. But Not For Me {3rd Set} 7:55£0.89  Buy MP3 
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18. Autumn Leaves {3rd Set} 5:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
19. Your Story {1st Set} 3:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
20. Re: Person I Knew {1st Set} 4:32£0.89  Buy MP3 
21. Polka Dots And Moonbeams {1st Set} 6:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
22. The Two Lonely People {1st Set} 7:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
23. Theme From M*A*S*H {1st Set} 4:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
24. Tiffany {1st Set} 5:25£0.89  Buy MP3 
25. Turn Out The Stars {1st Set} 6:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
26. Laurie {1st Set} 6:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
27. My Romance {1st Set} 8:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
28. Knit For Mary {2nd Set} 6:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
29. Midnight Mood {2nd Set} 5:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
30. Time Remembered {2nd Set} 5:37£0.89  Buy MP3 
31. Days Of Wine And Roses {2nd Set} 8:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
32. Up With The Lark {2nd Set} 5:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
33. Nardis {2nd Set}15:03Album Only
34. Your Story {3rd Set} 3:54£0.89  Buy MP3 
35. Yet Ne'er Broken {3rd Set} 6:48£0.89  Buy MP3 
36. If You Could See Me Now {3rd Set} 6:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
37. Bill's Hit Tune {3rd Set} 7:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
38. Tiffany {3rd Set} 4:56£0.89  Buy MP3 
39. In Your Own Sweet Way {3rd Set} 9:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
40. I Do It For Your Love {3rd Set} 5:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
41. Five {3rd Set} 4:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
42. Polka Dots And Moonbeams {1st Set} 5:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
43. Bill's Hit Tune {1st Set} 8:53£0.89  Buy MP3 
44. Turn Out The Stars {1st Set} 5:53£0.89  Buy MP3 
45. Days Of Wine And Roses {1st Set} 7:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
46. But Not For Me {2nd Set} 6:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
47. Knit For Me Mary F. {2nd Set} 6:25£0.89  Buy MP3 
48. Like Someone In Love {2nd Set} 7:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
49. Quiet Now {2nd Set} 5:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
50. Emily {2nd Set} 4:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
51. I Do It For Your Love {2nd Set} 5:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
52. Nardis {2nd Set}15:38Album Only
53. Knit For Mary F. {3rd Set} 4:17£0.89  Buy MP3 
54. Like Someone In Love {3rd Set} 6:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
55. Letter To Evan {3rd Set} 7:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
56. Minha {3rd Set} 3:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
57. A Sleepin' Bee {3rd Set} 4:28£0.89  Buy MP3 
58. My Romance/Five {3rd Set}10:09Album Only

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Falstaff on 26 Oct. 2011
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Bill Evans is rightly acknowledged as one of the greatest Jazz pianists of all time. He mostly performed and recorded in the Piano trio format, going through many different trio lineups during his years. Although Evans played with literally dozens of different combinations of bassists and drummers, his most well-known trios were the early trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian (1959-61), his long-standing trio with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell the late 60s and most of the 70s, and his final trio with Marc Johnson and Joe Labarbera, heard here. Evans' first trio with LaFaro and Motian is generally regarded as his best; if the second trio with Gomez and Morell was a stable and consistent group then the music Evans recorded with the final trio represents an unusual case of Evans embarking in a new direction, producing music of markedly different character to what he had produced before. If the earlier trios were characterised by a sense of calm beauty, then by comparison this trio is frenzied and busy. Many tunes, such as Nardis and Theme from MASH are played at much higher tempos than Evans had played them before; and although Evans is still incredibly agile and virtuosic there is a heavy-handedness to his later playing that is both surprising and troubling. While undeniably very exciting, the music here lacks much of the beauty that people associate with Evans' playing: this may be a turn-off for fans of his earlier music but conversely, if you are one of those who think of Evans as an excessively sentimental balladeer perhaps this music will change your mind and bring you an appreciation of the great man.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2014
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Bill Evans may have been the greatest jazz pianist ever, but his life was, unfortunately, too short. Born in 1929, he died on September 15, 1980, of a bleeding ulcer, cirrhosis and pneumonia. A drug addict for much of his career – he had periods where he was hooked on heroin, and others on cocaine – his death was what a friend called “the longest suicide in history.”

Yet when Bill Evans sat down at the piano, magic come from his fingers. From playing piano as a sideman, such as on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, widely considered to be the best jazz album of all time, to his first live recordings, Live at the Village Vanguard, made in 1961, and through dozens of solo and trio recordings over the following two decades.

In 1980, Evans didn’t know he was at the end, but there is a feeling of wistful nostalgia in his live performances of those last months. Fortunately, many of them were recorded, and there are three essential box sets of music from this period.

In June 1980, Evans played several dates at the Village Vanguard, and a six-disc set of these performances, Turn Out the Stars, was released in 1996. Recorded from June 4 to June 8, with bass player Marc Johnson, and drummer Joe LaBarbera, there is just over six and a half hours of music on this set, with notably a number of very long performances of Miles Davis’ Nardis, which was Evans’ signature jamming song. (It allowed both the bass player and drummer to take extensive solos.)

From August 31 to September 8, 1980, Evans played a series of dates at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco. Again, there are extensive recordings of these shows, with two 8-CD box sets available: The Last Waltz contains music from the first sets, and Consecration has tracks from the second sets.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
All of us are in the gutter,..... 14 April 2003
By o dubhthaigh - Published on
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.... but some of us are looking at the stars. When I first picked this up, 7 years ago, I was stunned and driven to tears by the beauty of the music herein. I have never heard a CD that has impacted me as deeply as this, and I was not really that aware of Evans, other than as the piano player on KIND OF BLUE. THIS CHANGED ALL THAT. What happened here was that I came face to face with a man who knew that his life was ending and the urgency in his playing was driven by his desire to make some lasting enduring statement about Music and what Truths lie therein before fate came to turn out the stars.
You don't need me to validate his playing. Evans was one of a kind and a soul of powerful emotions. Often called impressionistic, Evans was really more exitentialistic: there is an urgency at every moment to live and to play authentically. I can see what Miles saw in him: it wasn't what he played, but what was in the silence that his beautiful music framed. This set is absolutely loaded with such moments.
Oscar Wilde made the comment with which I opened this note. Oscar also observed that "All men kill the things they loved." Should you ever read Bill's biography, you'll understand how that aphorism applies with tragic tenderness to Bill Evans. I can think of no greater loss to music than his passing. This set presents the mments just before his star went supernova. It is the most brilliant box set I have ever heard.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Definitive Late Period Evans 10 Dec. 1999
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This 6CD box set presents the final Bill Evans trio performing live at the Village Vanguard in New York. Recorded just three months prior to Evans death, the set proves to be the outright representative of his latter work.
This set is totally unique to any other Evans recording in my opinion, expressing both the hard swinging and also the subtle, lyrical Evans in equal proportions. The trio interacts brilliantly on every disc, with extended bass and drum solos frequent in number. This set throughly reveals Evans during his final performing period with a high percentage of original material and a more aggressive approach to the piano. In particular, disc 4 presents a firey Evans, who reinvents such tunes as "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Up With The Lark".
Overall, this set comes highly recommended. Within my vast jazz CD library, this set ranks within the top few purchases I have made. Many of the selections are played with a liberal dose of humour and you get to fully recognise the way in which Bill Evans was growing musically during the period. The four takes of "Nardis" alone are proof to this rapid growth, with each presenting totally different views on the classic melody. If you love Bill Evans, or just love great piano jazz, then buy this set. You will not be disappointed.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Bill's Best 30 May 2009
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This is an exceptional collection, both as to rich content and sound quality. The different takes reveal Bill's perceptions of individual songs and his piano skills with fine side players. Having nearly everything of his, this is my "go to" set for some of the best standards and original jazz compositions ever written.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
One of his best 19 Nov. 2009
By L. G. W. - Published on
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This set came before the Consecration and Last Waltz sets. Bill was with his last trio and was 'pushing' the tempos. Later he became more pensive and didn't have quite the hurried pace. At less than $50 it's a good deal for those wishing to collect his albums. The sound is very good, and although I value those last two albums (noted above) a little more, this one is a must-have for those wishing to get his best music. I rarely let a week go by without playing some Evans. I have nearly everything he recorded that has been issued. Of course, the Riverside set is the favorite of just about everyone who loves Evans, and I still go back to those recordings often. But this one is well worth having.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Some of the best piano jazz available 10 Jun. 2000
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The Village Vanguard is the club that Bill Evans played some of his best music. It is rather amazing that Evans, who was dying after years and years of drug abuse, played the way he did during these sessions. It was as if his hands had a mind of their own. This 6 CD box is essential to any fan of Evans. His last trio was one of his best. Musch like his first trio, the interaction between Evans, Marc Johnson, and Joe LaBarbra is just amazing. I have heard many piano-bass-drum trios try to accomplish this sort of sound and they fall way behind. This is the trio at their best. I believe the most impressive tracks are the many versions of "Nardis" and "My Romance" where each memeber of the trio gets a few minutes for an unaccompanied solo. This set is rather expensive (there is a highlights CD that is rather limited) but it is worth every cent. It is a true jazz classic.
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