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Moon Beams [CD]

Bill Evans, Bill Evans Trio Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000000YNZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Re: Person I Knew (Album Version)Bill Evans Trio 5:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Polka Dots And MoonbeamsBill Evans 4:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Album Version)Bill Evans Trio 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stairway To The Stars (Album Version)Bill Evans Trio 4:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. If You Could See Me Now (Album Version)Bill Evans Trio 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. It Might As Well Be Spring (Album Version)Bill Evans Trio 6:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. In Love In Vain (Album Version)Bill Evans Trio 4:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Very Early (Album Version)Bill Evans Trio 5:040.99  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars In lyrical, reflective mood. 16 Feb 2003
By MikeG
Format:Audio CD
Bill Evans had a distinctive way with a slow ballad which became highly influential; so one can understand why, in the early sixties, his producer wanted to make an all-ballad Evans album. He created the album by extracting the slower tempoed pieces from this recording session under the title 'Moonbeams', publishing the remaining tracks from the session on a companion album, 'How My Heart Sings'. Both are highly recommended.

The risk of monotony on an all-ballad album is avoided partly because of the intense concentration of Evans's playing but also through the variety of the material itself. It also helps that the two Evans compositions vary the pace by being quicker-tempoed as well as being different in character: "Re: Person I Knew" is a modal theme with a slow introduction which subtly modulates into a gently swinging solo; "Very Early" is one of Evans's jazz waltzes, slowish but again gently swinging.

Since everything on this album is beautifully played, favourite tracks are very much a matter of personal preference. For me, the briefest track: "I Fall in Love Too Easily", is also one of the most affecting, beginning gently but building up to a kind of contained passion expressed through the rhythmic intensity of the playing. It's hard to imagine the Tadd Dameron composition "If You Could See Me Now" being better played and some of the more familiar standard tunes like "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "It Might As Well Be Spring" gain so much from the Evans treatment that you think of him not so much as playing them but as making them his own.

A word too for the sensitive playing of bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Paul Motian, both of whom on their various recordings with Evans had an almost telepathic rapport with the pianist, particularly at a slow tempo.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic by a great ballad stylist 29 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
Like the John Coltrane Ballads album (also strongly recommended) this album is a rare example of a jazz album made up exclusively of ballads.
Evans is one of the few musicians who could carry it off - the tunes have a consistent mood and dynamics, but the intelligence and intensity of Evan's playing avoids the blandness which might have affected a lesser artist. The overall effect is also helped by the fact that the album was recorded together with the faster, more swinging album "How my heart sings", with the trio alternating the ballads on "Moonbeams" with the more straight-ahead tunes on "How my heart sings".
"Polkadots and moonbeams" is a particular favourite.
Evans is also one of those artists where, if you like one album, you'll probably like almost anything he's produced, particularly anything up to 1965. For starters, check out "Sunday at the Village Vanguard", "Waltz for Debby" or "Trio 64", not forgetting Evan's major role in the landmark Miles Davis album "Kind of Blue".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moon Magic 11 May 2012
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a delightful collection of dreamy, lyrical ballads, and one of my favourite Evans collections. Bill draws unusually emotive clusters from the keyboards, so that his work possess a lovely, singing, dreamlike quality. This magical, haunting atmosphere is enhanced by the playing of Israel's warm bass and Motion's caressing percussion. Regret at the short playing time is instantly remedied by playing these exquisitely restrained pieces again. Music to nurture the heart.
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Five Stars are not enough: this CD is worthy of SIX Stars!! When uber-bassist Scottie La Faro was killed in a car accident, it took a devastated Bill Evans a full year to both recover and to acclimate to his new bassist Chuck Israels to the point of being ready to record. Israels brought to the trio another dimension of jazz bass wizardry using 'commentary' on Evans' work, instead of the previous 'conversations' between Bill's piano and La Faro's mighty bass. Produced by the great Orrin "OKeep" Keepnews, this CD is essential Bill Evans and one of the greatest jazz ballad performances-ever. Along with the legendary recording, "Sunday At The Village Vanguard" (with La Faro), this recording finally slammed the door on all assertions that Bill Evans was a better sideman than a leader.

As ballads should be, these tunes are generally taken at a slow pace but never maudlin. They are in fact very beautiful and spectacular, as Bill shows a different side to what are mostly very familiar ballads loved by jazzmen. Evans usually states the theme at a slow pace and accelerates into a faster pace after one pass, springing off of Israels' bedrock phrases.

The Piece D' Resistance, the modish "Re: Person I Knew" (an oblique reference to Keepnews) is a shot across the bow of 1960's pianism with Evans reeling off mighty, wondrous statements that are breathtaking, crystal clear, and with a relaxed intensity. Israels' first recorded bass solo with the trio is both deeply emotional and technically adept showing he is a worthy successor to La Faro.
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