Moon Beams [Original Jazz Classics Remasters]

The Bill Evans Trio

Moon Beams Original Jazz Classics Remasters
  • CAT # OJC-33718-02

    1. Re: Person I Knew 5:43
    2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams 5:01
    3. I Fall In Love Too Easily 2:39
    4. Stairway To The Stars 4:53
    5. If You Could See Me Now 4:29
    6. It Might As Well Be Spring 6:05
    7. In Love, In Vain 4:59
    8. Very Early 5:03
    9. Polka Dots And Moonbeams 4:19
    10. I Fall In Love Too Easily 2:51
    11. Very Early 3:35

Concord Music Group releases three new titles in its Original Jazz Classics Remasters series. Enhanced with 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, bonus tracks on each release (some previously unissued), and new liner notes to provide historical context to the originally released material, the series showcases pivotal recordings of the past several decades by artists whose influence on the jazz tradition continues to reverberate among jazz musicians and audiences well into the 21st Century.

The three new titles in the series are:

The Bill Evans Trio: Moonbeams Thelonious Monk: Misterioso Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Charles Mingus: The Quintet: Jazz at Massey Hall

The new reissues focus on some of the best jazz recorded between the early 1950s and the early 1960s - by three of the most creative and influential figures in the history of the genre.

The Bill Evans Trio: Moonbeams

Recorded in New York City over the course of three sessions in May and June of 1962, Moonbeams is the first studio recording by the Bill Evans Trio following the sudden accidental death of bassist Scott LaFaro the year before. Chuck Israels replaces LaFaro, playing more of an accompanist's role than was Scott's style, and Paul Motian resumes his drumming duties with the trio. This lineup produced material for two albums that would be amongst Evans's most popular. Moonbeams includes ballads from the '62 sessions, which also yielded the more upbeat How My Heart Sings that same year. Moonbeams captures some of Evans's most introspective playing, his sense of loss evident but soothed by Israels's empathetic performances. Evans also expresses his lyricism underlaid with rhythmic firmness, even in the extraordinarily slow "Love in Vain."

Jazz journalist and author Doug Ramsey, who wrote the new liner notes for the Moonbeams reissue, points out the tumultuous undercurrent beneath Evans's music during the transitional period chronicled in this recording. "Crystal notes, quiet fire, flow of rhythm, depth of harmony, adoration of melody," Ramsey says. "Evans melded all of that to create beauty in this recording, despite the distractions of grief, illness, and a powerful need for drugs that shared with music dominion over his life."

Ramsey's notes quote Israels himself as having taken a different approach to playing in the context of the trio than LaFaro did. "Naturally, the trio's music is going to be different from what it was with LaFaro," says Nick Phillips, Vice President of Jazz and Catalog A&R at Concord Music Group and producer of the OJC Remasters series. "That said, Bill Evans's brilliance shines through on this project, despite the fact that he was still trying to recover from the tragic loss of a dear friend and important collaborator."

The reissue of Moonbeams also includes three previously unreleased tracks - alternate takes of "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "I Fall in Love too Easily," and "Very Early." All are from the sessions in spring of 1962 that spawned the original album's eight tracks.

Recorded in New York City over the course of three sessions in May and June of 1962, Moonbeams is the first studio recording by the Bill Evans Trio following the sudden accidental death of bassist Scott LaFaro the year before. Chuck Israels replaces LaFaro, playing more of an accompanist's role than was Scott's style, and Paul Motian resumes his drumming duties with the trio. This lineup produced material for two albums that would be amongst Evans's most popular. Moonbeams includes ballads from the '62 sessions, which also yielded the more upbeat How My Heart Sings that same year. Moonbeams captures some of Evans's most introspective playing, his sense of loss evident but soothed by Israels's empathetic performances. Evans also expresses his lyricism underlaid with rhythmic firmness, even in the extraordinarily slow "Love in Vain."

Jazz journalist and author Doug Ramsey, who wrote the new liner notes for the Moonbeams reissue, points out the tumultuous undercurrent beneath Evans's music during the transitional period chronicled in this recording. "Crystal notes, quiet fire, flow of rhythm, depth of harmony, adoration of melody," Ramsey says. "Evans melded all of that to create beauty in this recording, despite the distractions of grief, illness, and a powerful need for drugs that shared with music dominion over his life."

Ramsey's notes quote Israels himself as having taken a different approach to playing in the context of the trio than LaFaro did. "Naturally, the trio's music is going to be different from what it was with LaFaro," says Nick Phillips, Vice President of Jazz and Catalog A&R at Concord Music Group and producer of the OJC Remasters series. "That said, Bill Evans's brilliance shines through on this project, despite the fact that he was still trying to recover from the tragic loss of a dear friend and important collaborator."

The reissue of Moonbeams also includes three previously unreleased tracks - alternate takes of "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "I Fall in Love too Easily," and "Very Early." All are from the sessions in spring of 1962 that spawned the original album's eight tracks.

*Click on Misterioso or The Quintet: Jazz at Massey Hall to see the other titles releases in this series.

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