Two different slices of work from Bill Evans – both record
ed on separate visits to The Netherlands in 1969 – a crucial year of performance for the pianist! Both sets feature the amazing Eddie Gomez on bass, and Marty Morell on drums – and the first 2/
3 of the package is studio material, but with a live audience present – very well-record
ed, with a sense of subtlety that really gets at that new level of sensitivity that Bill was bringing to the piano – those softer, even more delicate shades that were a perfect balance with the richer tones from Gomez on bass. The last third features a live set from later in the year – with, if anything, an even more sensitive approach from Evans on the keys! The package wraps up with two more surprise tracks – tunes record
ed with the Metropole Orkest, following the style of Evans' "with orchestra" sessions done recently on Verve. As with other Elemental packages, the presentation is wonderful – a nice cure for all the Bill Evans bootlegs that have littered the market for years – with great sound and a superb set of notes. Titles include "Emily", "Beautiful Love", "One For Helen", "Quiet Now", "Pavane", "You're Gonna Hear From Me", "Granadas", "Nardis", "Love Theme From Spartacus", "Waltz For Debby", "Very Early", and "Someday My Prince Will Come".
(Hand-numbered limited edition pressing!)