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  • Audio CD (3 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B0001K2K8E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I have been listening to Bill Evans since the early 60s and have loads of his albums. There is some fine playing on this BUT I cannot fully recommend this album. Firstly on the first couple of tracks Evan's piano is distorted, especially when he is playing the block chords. It is the same on all my equipment. He is either using the sustaining pedal too much or the piano is badly recorded. The other instuments are recorded with great definition so it is a mystery to me. Next, the cd is way too short..just over 30mins. Apparently there was a fire at the depository and the original tapes were destroyed so no additional tracks could be added to the cd. Finally, Herbie Mann is playing in quite a subdued manner and mostly in the lower register. Now Im used to the flute being played as a second instrument by sax players When I heard Mann in concert it was great to hear jazz flute played by a master so I was a bit disappointed with his performance on this disc. So really this is for one who just has to complete his evans collection.
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I'm clearly not the first - or last - to pick up on the technical quality of this re-release. To be blunt, it's a disgrace. If ever a musician demanded an impeccably clean sound it's Evans. How else can the listener appreciate his touch and subtle voicings? Everything here is fogged in what we used in analogue days to call intermodulation distortion. Ironically it's only really the piano that shows it up and strangely, by the final track, its disappeared, perhaps suggesting carelessness? I sent my copy back to the retailer in disgust. I may be in the minority of current listeners in that I have been listening to the great man's recordings since the early sixties, but how are we to demonstrate his genius to new ears with material of this shoddy nature? Shame on you Koch/Atlantic!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92e8fb10) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x92ea2c9c) out of 5 stars I thought it was rather good. 16 Nov. 2002
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Format: Audio CD
This Bill Evans session followed close on the heels of the Scot Lefaro tragedy of summer 1961. Struggling to break in the new trio, confronting a spiraling drug habit, and depressed over the loss of his musical and spiritual partner, Evans, during this period, sounded weary, subdued, and somewhat vanquished.
Yet this long overlooked session should not be missed. Evans, though not playing at the peak of the recent studio and live (Village Vanguard) dates, seems to have transcended the tragedy and found new depths. His playing is lax, his piano sounds distorted, but the album's color and sensitivity is unmistakeable; and with the moral and musical support of flautist Herbie Mann, bassist Chuck Israel, and drummer Paul Motian, he had certainly produced a work that could stand comfortably among the rest
The composition choices reflect the mood of the session. Sati - a well known lover of the rain, of alcohol and of darker, more mystical landscapes of sound - seems an apt choice to underpin this pensive album; the title track, Nirvana, with its Buddhist soul-searching allusions, mirrors Evans' own search of the time.
Yes the recording quality is a bit scrappy, yes there are better Evan's albums out there, but the significance of this recording for fans is unmistakable. It is an important document of a particular moment in time - a moment of crisis, and of musical rebirth, and one that you will not be disappointed to share.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ee9120) out of 5 stars This Recording is Great!!!!!!!! 4 Oct. 2009
By William R. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm listening to the recording right now on an excellent stereo and it is beautifully and sensitively played. The original lp that I am listening to sounds great. Tom Dowd is an excellent engineer and it really shows on the original LP. I haven't heard the CD but, if the CD sounds half as bad as reviewer Mr. Burley indicates, then it certainly wasn't Tom Dowd's fault. They must have really, really butchered the transfer to CD. Maybe the tapes had deteriorated by the time the transfer to CD occurred. I can heartily recommend this recording on vinyl to any Bill Evans Trio or Herbie Mann fan. The music has depth, is more than competently played, and, I believe, as I have many Bill Evans and Herbie Mann recordings,it stands without apology in the canon of each man's work. It is certainly worth seeking out for the music and sound on LP.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ee9144) out of 5 stars Five stars simply because the music touches me 13 Feb. 2013
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes, my rating is based on personal feelings, but all reviews are subjective. As for the complaints about sound quality, frankly I find it more than sufficient to enjoy this album.

As an aside, at the time of this review Amazon has implemented a feature called AutoRip in which select CDs like this one are also provided to you as an MP3 album in their cloud storage that you can download to your player or just play from the cloud. The point is you can hear samples of how this album's tracks before you purchase it and decide for yourself by going to this page: Nirvana.

It's the music, though, that inspired me to rate this album so high. From the opening track it had all of the qualities that convinced Miles Davis that Evans was perfect for Kind of Blue. The mountain brook quality to his playing sets the tone for the rest of the album, and I especially love the way that Mann and Evans almost become one on the tracks. Indeed, Evans himself was also a flutist, which probably accounts for the musical synergy between the two.

I'll resist the temptation of trying to analyze Evans' state of mind during the first of the two sessions that comprise the album. Although it was six months after bassist Scott LaFaro's death, the tracks done in the last session, ten months after LaFaro's passing, have the same quality. And while LaFaro was a loss, his replacement who is on this album - Chuck Israels - managed to stay with Evans for another five years. He, Evans and Paul Motian on drums are truly locked in on these tracks, which foreshadows future performances that are characterized by superb musicianship.

If you want a relaxing album that still has a pulse, this is an excellent one. It reflects some of Evan's earlier work with Miles, but shows his innate talent too. But first listen to the sound samples I linked to above and decide for yourself if the sound quality is acceptable to you.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ee9468) out of 5 stars Botched remastering makes the CD version worthless 5 Nov. 2013
By Federico Marulanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Whoever mastered this CD destroyed the beautiful music. The piano overmodulates: high notes sound like they are coming from a tin jar, so there is no point in hearng it. Get it on LP, if you can find it and have the equipment to play it back.
18 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ee9414) out of 5 stars S.BURLEY'S REVIEW 27 Mar. 2002
By SHAUN BURLEY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
AS A TRUE FAN OF EVANS WORK WITH A COLLECTION OF 30 PLUS ALBUMS
FEATURING THE GREAT PIANIST AS LEADER OR SIDEMAN I WAS RATHER DISAPPOINTED IN THIS RELEASE. THE THING THAT STRIKES ME FIRST ABOUT THIS ALBUM IS HOW AWFUL THE PIANO AND DRUMS ARE RECORDED
(THE WORST SOUND QUALITY OF ANY EVANS STUDIO DATE I'VE HEARD ).
THE MUSIC IS FAR FROM ESSENTIAL. NONE OF THE SONGS STAND OUT IN PARTICULAR. THE RUNNING TIME OF THE ALBUM IS UNDER 34 MINUTES.IF YOU'RE IN SEARCH OF AN OBSCURE GEM AS I WAS,YOU SHOULD PASS ON THIS ONE.
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