Thursday, April 7, 2016

CD Review: Resonance Records Uses "Some Other Time" For Unreleased Bill Evans Session

American jazz pianist Bill Evans began his musical career with the late-great Miles Davis, recording the biggest selling jazz album of all-time, "Kind Of Blue." He released over 75 albums as a bandleader and a number of others as a collaborator with some of the biggest names in jazz like Chet Baker and Cannonball Adderley. On April 22nd, Resonance Records will release an album of new material by Bill Evans titled "Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest." It features two discs filled with studio recordings made on June 20, 1968 with Evans performing along side jazz greats Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette. It is also the only studio album ever recorded with this trio.
The first disc features eleven tracks, beginning with the uptempo swing of "You Go To My Head" as Evans' piano performance steals the show. He performs mostly solo on "What Kind Of Fool Am I?" and pours his emotions into his delivery of "My Funny Valentine." Bill Evans piano is center stage for "Turn Out The Stars" as Gomez and DeJohnette follow his lead. The disc closes with the elegance and grace of "These Foolish Things" and the slow-pace of "Some Other Time."
The second disc contains ten tracks, beginning with "You're Gonna Hear From Me" as the trio work out the arrangement as the song progresses. Drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Eddie Gomez shine on their solos during "Walkin' Up" and the trio take a stab at "It's All Right With Me," to which Evans was just running away with the song before it suddenly ends. They work up "On Dolphin Street," made famous by Miles Davis when Bill Evans was in his band, before finishing with the quiet bass solo of "Wonder Why" and the alternate take of "You're Gonna Hear From Me." 
The new 2CD set will also be released as a limited edition double gatefold LP. Included in this set is a 40-page booklet of rare photos from the session as well as interviews with Gomez, DeJohnette and others. To find out more about this newly discovered, newly released Bill Evans album, please visit

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