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on 18 November 2013
Having reviewed the other bargain Evans mp3 compilation The Greatest Jazz Pianist of All Time (Songs Remastered) I feel I should also say something about this more modestly-entitled offering. Perhaps it is even more of a bargain, with 120 tracks for £2.99, as opposed to 47 for £2.49. Admittedly here, on more than 40 tracks, Evans is no more than a sideman to Tony Scott or Zoot Sims, and while I wouldn't want to suggest they are without interest, they are hardly central to a survey of Evans' work. You also get a good deal of `New Jazz Conceptions' and `On Green Dolphin Street' - genuine Evans albums, but early work that doesn't represent him at his absolute best. And, despite what another reviewer says, there's nothing here from Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue'. But the rest of it is among his very greatest work - which means some of the subtlest, most delicate, and most romantic piano jazz around.

In particular, this includes nearly all of his wonderful first collaboration with Jim Hall, 'Undercurrent'; the whole of 'Waltz for Debby' and 'Sunday Afternoon at the Village Vanguard', with Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums, generally regarded as his very best work, and possibly the greatest piano trio albums ever; most of 'Explorations' and 'Portrait in Jazz', (the other two albums with Motian and LaFaro); and other prime cuts from `How My Heart Sings', `Moonbeams', `Everybody Digs...' and `Interplay', with Jim Hall and Freddie Hubbard.

Here is a track listing with the albums they come from, where I have been able to ascertain them. An asterix indicates that the track is duplicated on `The Greatest Jazz Pianist of all Time', in case, like me, you bought that first. As before, if you know better, please comment with corrections.

Five (The Modern Art of Jazz - Tony Scott)
The Lady Is a Tramp (The Modern Art of Jazz - Tony Scott)
Blues for Three Horns (The Modern Art of Jazz - Tony Scott)
Lullaby of the Leaves (The Modern Art of Jazz - Tony Scott)
My Foolish Heart (Waltz for Debby)*
Detour Ahead (Waltz for Debby)*
Show-Type Tune (How My Heart Sings)*
When You Wish Upon a Star (Interplay)*
Interplay (Interplay)*
Just One of Those Things (My Kind of Jazz - Tony Scott)
Re: Person I Knew (Moonbeams)*
In Your Own Sweet Way (Take 1) (How My Heart Sings)*
Romain (Undercurrent - with Jim Hall)
Romain (Alt. Take) (Undercurrent - with Jim Hall)
If I'm Lucky (I'll Be the One) (Free Blown Jazz feat. Tony Scott)
Villa Jazz (My Kind of Jazz - Tony Scott)
Blues for Five (My Kind of Jazz - Tony Scott)
For Pete's Sake (My Kind of Jazz - Tony Scott)
Summertime (How My Heart Sings) *
You Go to My Head (Interplay)
Loose Bloose (Loose Blues - Zoot Sims)
I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good (New Jazz Conceptions)*
Easy Living (New Jazz Conceptions)
It Might As Well Be Spring (Moonbeams)
Funkallero (Loose Blues - Zoot Sims)
There Came You (Loose Blues - Zoot Sims)
Fun Ride (Loose Blues - Zoot Sims)
Israel (Explorations)*
Darn That Dream (Undercurrent - with Jim Hall)
Loose Bloose (Alt Take) (Loose Blues - Zoot Sims)
Elsa (Explorations)*
How Deep Is the Ocean? (Explorations)*
Young and Foolish (Everybody Digs)
More Than You Know (Both Sides of Tony Scott)
Counterpoint Pleasant (Both Sides of Tony Scott)
Lucky to Be Me (Everybody Digs)
Epilogue (Everybody Digs)
How Am I to Know? (On Green Dolphin Street)
Woody'n You (Take 2) (On Green Dolphin Street)
On Green Dolphin Street (On Green Dolphin Street)
Milestones (Waltz for Debby)*
My Funny Valentine (Alt. Take) (Undercurrent - with Jim Hall)
Dream Gypsy (Undercurrent - with Jim Hall)
Speak Low (New Jazz Conceptions)
Our Delight (New Jazz Conceptions)
Peace Piece (Everybody Digs)
At Home With the Blues (feat. Tony Scott)
Portrait of Ravi (Free Blown Jazz feat. Tony Scott)
I Can't Get Started (Free Blown Jazz feat. Tony Scott)
Blue in Green (Portrait in Jazz)
My Man's Gone Now (Sunday at the Village Vanguard)
Alice in Wonderland (Sunday at the Village Vanguard)
No Cover, No Minimum (New Jazz Conceptions)
Autumn Leaves (Portrait in Jazz - Take 9)
Cry Me River (Both Sides of Tony Scott)
My Funny Valentine (Both Sides of Tony Scott)
You and I (Both Sides of Tony Scott)
Haunted Heart (Explorations)*
What Is This Thing Called Love? (Portrait in Jazz)
All of You (Sunday at the Village Vanguard)
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Undercurrent - with Jim Hall)
My Romance, Pt. 1 (Waltz for Debby)*
Everything I Love (How My Heart Sings)*
In Love in Vain (Moon Beams)*
Come Rain or Come Shine (Portrait in Jazz)
She's Different (The Modern Art of Jazz)
Very Early (Moon Beams)*
I Remember You (The Modern Art of Jazz)
Jade Visions (Sunday at the Village Vanguard)
Waltz for Debby, Pt. 1 (Waltz for Debby)*
Oleo (Everybody Digs)
You and the Night and the Music, Pt. 1 (Interplay)*
I'll Never Smile Again (Take 6) (Interplay)
I'll Never Smile Again (Take 7) (Interplay)*
Franzy Pants (feat. Tony Scott)
Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Moon Beams)
Peri's Scope (Portrait in Jazz)
Spring Is Here (Portrait in Jazz)
The Explorer (My Kind of Jazz - feat. Tony Scott)
The Chant (Free Blown Jazz - feat. Tony Scott)
Zonk (My Kind of Jazz - feat. Tony Scott)
Third Moon (My Kind of Jazz - feat. Tony Scott)
Walking Up (How My Heart Sings)*
34 Skidoo (How My Heart Sings)*
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (Interplay)*
Five (Alt. Take) feat. Tony Scott
Conception (New Jazz Conceptions)
If You Could See Me Now (Moon Beams)*
Time Remembered (Loose Blues - Zoot Sims)
My Bells (Loose Blues - Zoot Sims)
Fudgesickle Built for Four (Loose Blues - Zoot Sims)
The Boy Next Door (Explorations)*
Skating in Central Park (Undercurrent - with Jim Hall)
I Should Care (How My Heart Sings)*
In Your Own Sweet Way (Take 2) (How My Heart Sings)*
Nardis (Explorations)*
I Wish I Knew (Explorations)*
Stardust (Both Sides of Tony Scott)
Everything Happens to Me (Both Sides of Tony Scott)
East Coast, West Side (Both Sides of Tony Scott)
You and the Night and the Music, Pt. 2 (On Green Dolphin Street)
Woody'n You (Take 1) (On Green Dolphin Street)
My Heart Stood Still (On Green Dolphin Street)
Some Other Time (Everybody Digs)
I Hear A Rhapsody (Undercurrent - with Jim Hall)
Displacement (New Jazz Conceptions)
Waltz for Debby, Pt. 2 (New Jazz Conceptions)*
Tenderly, Pt. 1 (Everybody Digs)
What Is There to Say? (Everybody Digs)
There Will Never Be Another You (Free Blown Jazz feat. Tony Scott)
Body and Soul (Free Blown Jazz feat. Tony Scott)
Gone With the Wind (Free Blown Jazz feat. Tony Scott)
Gloria's Step (Sunday at the Village Vanguard)
Solar (Sunday at the Village Vanguard)
My Romance, Pt. 2 (New Jazz Conceptions)*
Minority (Everybody Digs)
Witchcraft (Portrait in Jazz)
A Shoulder to Cry On (feat. Tony Scott)
Tenderly, Pt. 2 (The Modern Art of Jazz - Tony Scott)
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on 8 September 2013
At the price this is absurdly cheap. It includes the 2 CD set "A Day in New York" a great swinging album with Tony Scott, Clark Terry and others (spread out over the download. There is much of Evans' album with Jim Hall (a masterpiece) and selection from Kind of Blue with Miles. Some of his finest work is on this. Buy it quickly before Amazon realize what a bargain it is.
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on 23 November 2012
Certainly if you like Bill Evans this grouping of 120 tracks will contain a lot of gems. I have a resonable number of Bill's LPs and CDs and there are tracks I do not have.

A number are from the time before his most famous trio but there are some of those gems as well and for the current price of less than £6 makes it about 5p a track.
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on 21 July 2013
There is an unbelievable amount of great music here for the smallest of small change - my only complaint is the lack of information about what you are listening to; some of the tracks are immediately recognisable, others can be researched easily, but I'm lefdt with some that are totally baffling. But don't let this put you off, whichever way you look at it it's an incredible bargain.
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on 11 June 2014
I didn't have many Bill Evans albums and they mostly consisted of solo works. There are a lot of those too in this excellent collection but also tracks from albums I'd never heard of. The tracks with Tony Scott and others from 'The Modern Art of Jazz' at the beginning are worth the price alone. Someone else on here has posted a list of albums the tracks come from, so it is relatively easy to find details.
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on 12 December 2013
I had recently bought a four CD box set by Bill Evans, but for £2.99 remastered as well over 10 lp's worth you simply cannot go wrong. make that 12 lp's worth or more. 25 pence a disc.
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on 24 May 2014
A cross section of Bill's abilities. an enjoyable listening experience. his work comes through as considered and emotional he puts his soul into it.
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on 2 April 2014
Didn't really have anything by Bill Evans, except as an accompanist to others. Another for my collection, Bargain at the price.
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on 16 July 2014
the work of a master of jazz good value for the money a little hiss in the back ground but you have to listen to hear it
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on 15 February 2014
We live in crazy times when we can get so much great music for so little. Make the most of it folks!
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