This album is incredible, on so many levels. To me Bill Evans will always be 'the one'. You could sit and listen to this for years and it would always throw you in new directions.
My Foolish Heart is almost enough to make me break down every time, and waltz for debby (to my mind 'the' recording of this tune) is so blissfully euphoric that I cant listen to it with people in the room anymore :)
for such a small amount of money you can get a magical performance by one of the most 'spark in the dark' trios ever, everything surrounding it makes it all the more magical and sad, not least the death of scott lafaro just a few days later.
just writing this review is giving me cold chills, buy it!
this album is the original of two recorded in 1961 by riverside records on the last day of a two week engagement at the village vanguard by the brilliant trio of pianist bill evans, bassist scott la faro, and drummer paul motian. the other album from the session, the superb 'waltz for debby', was issued as a memorial to the young la faro, tragically killed two weeks after the recordings. the jazz contained within represents probably the greatest piano/bass interplay ever recorded. here are two of the most brilliant exponents of their instruments reaching heights of empathy unattained anywhere in jazz before or since. but the cohesion of this group was only made possible by the oft-forgotten paul motian; it's his understated momentum that allows bill and scott to weave their magic. i was a teenager when i bought this album in the early 60's, but to this day i'm still hearing new things on it. it's an album every jazz lover simply should not be without. a lifelong jazz devotee. tunbridge wells. england.