Bill Evans Trio, The - On A Monday Evening [LP]

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Archival jazz treasures previously unknown to exist don't come along often, but when they do, these rare gems excite connoisseurs, inspire vital conversations, and radiate with borderline-spiritual effects. Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane's At Carnegie Hall, Bill Evans' Some Other Time, and Erroll Garner's Ready Take One all come to mind as matchless releases filled with brilliant performances nobody realized lingered in vaults until being discovered by happenstance. Thrillingly, Bill Evans' On a Monday Evening can be added to that short list.

Transcending the stature of a traditional reissue, On a Monday Evening is a completely unreleased and never-bootlegged concert recording of the Evans trio featuring bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Eliot Zigmund. Played at Madison, Wisconsin's sold-out Union Theater on November 15, 1976, the show captures the virtuoso performing to the peak of his abilities. Mixing contemporary pieces with several key originals, Evans demonstrates the timeless vitality of piano-trio jazz given over to small gestures, soul-searching motifs, and sensitive dialogues. His signature rhythmic ''singing'' melodic lines and classically inspired impressionistic touches convey grace and suggestion. Relaxed, lyrical, and refined, Evans' band welcomes subtle interplay and stresses mood.

You can hear it all unfold in exquisite detail on Concord's 180g vinyl LP, which presents the program with exceptional clarity, immediacy, and perspective. Plangent Processes handled the state-of-the-art tape transfer and audio restoration. Grammy Award-winning jazz historian Ashley Kahn penned the liner notes, which feature added insight from Gomez and Zigmund. Deluxe gatefold jacket packaging complete a release whose historical significance is trumped only by the music making within. This is not to be missed. Pull up a chair and enjoy your ticket to Union Theater. Evans and company are about to hit the stage.

Sugar Plum
Up With The Lark
Time Remembered
T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune)
Someday My Prince Will Come
Minha (All Mine)
All of You
Some Other Time

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