Bill Evans - Consecration (CD)

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Categories
JazzMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Jazz Instrument
  3. Piano
Number of Discs
8
Number of Items
8
Title
Consecration [Milestone]
Media
CD
BarCode
025218443623
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Milestone / Fantasy
Distributor
UMG
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
025218443623
Previews
JazzTimes (4/03, pp.84-8) - "...This is Bill Evans at his lyrical peak. There's not one hint of diminution - each of his searching, contemplative intros setting an unforgettable mood..."
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] disc 1:
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Tiffany
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] My Foolish Heart
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Suicide Is Painless (theme From M*a*s*h)
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Knit For Mary F
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Days Of Wine And Roses, The
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Your Story
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Two Lonely People, The
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] My Romance
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] disc 2:
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 22 ] disc 3:
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 32 ] disc 4:
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 43 ] disc 5:
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 54 ] disc 6:
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 64 ] disc 7:
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 74 ] disc 8:
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Re: Person I Knew
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Tiffany
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] My Foolish Heart
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Song from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Knit for Mary F.
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Days of Wine and Roses
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Your Story
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Two Lonely People, The
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] My Romance
  10. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Tiffany
  11. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  12. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Like Someone In Love
  13. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Letter To Evan
  14. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Gary's Theme
  15. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Days of Wine and Roses
  16. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] I Do It For Your Love
  17. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] My Romance
  18. [ Disc 03 Track 01 ] Re: Person I Knew
  19. [ Disc 03 Track 02 ] Tiffany
  20. [ Disc 03 Track 03 ] Knit for Mary F.
  21. [ Disc 03 Track 04 ] Like Someone in Love
  22. [ Disc 03 Track 05 ] Your Story
  23. [ Disc 03 Track 06 ] Someday My Prince Will Come
  24. [ Disc 03 Track 07 ] I Do It for Your Love
  25. [ Disc 03 Track 08 ] My Romance
  26. [ Disc 04 Track 01 ] Re: Person I Knew
  27. [ Disc 04 Track 02 ] Tiffany
  28. [ Disc 04 Track 03 ] Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  29. [ Disc 04 Track 04 ] Song from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)
  30. [ Disc 04 Track 05 ] Your Story
  31. [ Disc 04 Track 06 ] Like Someone in Love
  32. [ Disc 04 Track 07 ] Knit for Mary F.
  33. [ Disc 04 Track 08 ] Two Lonely People, The
  34. [ Disc 04 Track 09 ] My Romance
  35. [ Disc 05 Track 01 ] Up With the Lark
  36. [ Disc 05 Track 02 ] Mornin' Glory
  37. [ Disc 05 Track 03 ] Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  38. [ Disc 05 Track 04 ] Like Someone In Love
  39. [ Disc 05 Track 05 ] Turn Out the Stars
  40. [ Disc 05 Track 06 ] Your Story
  41. [ Disc 05 Track 07 ] Emily
  42. [ Disc 05 Track 08 ] I Do It For Your Love
  43. [ Disc 05 Track 09 ] My Romance
  44. [ Disc 06 Track 01 ] Re: Person I Knew
  45. [ Disc 06 Track 02 ] Tiffany
  46. [ Disc 06 Track 03 ] Knit For Mary F.
  47. [ Disc 06 Track 04 ] My Foolish Heart
  48. [ Disc 06 Track 05 ] Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
  49. [ Disc 06 Track 06 ] Emily
  50. [ Disc 06 Track 07 ] Laurie
  51. [ Disc 06 Track 08 ] You and the Night and the Music
  52. [ Disc 07 Track 01 ] Re: Person I Knew
  53. [ Disc 07 Track 02 ] Laurie
  54. [ Disc 07 Track 03 ] Bill's Hit Tune
  55. [ Disc 07 Track 04 ] Two Lonely People, The
  56. [ Disc 07 Track 05 ] Song From M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless)
  57. [ Disc 07 Track 06 ] My Foolish Heart
  58. [ Disc 07 Track 07 ] Days of Wine and Roses
  59. [ Disc 07 Track 08 ] But Beautiful
  60. [ Disc 08 Track 01 ] Emily
  61. [ Disc 08 Track 02 ] Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  62. [ Disc 08 Track 03 ] Like Someone In Love
  63. [ Disc 08 Track 04 ] Your Story
  64. [ Disc 08 Track 05 ] Days of Wine and Roses
  65. [ Disc 08 Track 06 ] Knit For Mary F.
  66. [ Disc 08 Track 07 ] Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
  67. [ Disc 08 Track 08 ] I Do It for Your Love
  68. [ Disc 08 Track 09 ] My Romance
Genre
Jazz
Country
South Africa
Notes

Bill Evans Trio: Bill Evans (piano); Marc Johnson (bass); Joe LaBarbera (drums).
Recorded at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco, California, between August 31 and September 7, 1980.
Personnel: Bill Evans (piano); Joe La Barbera (drums).
Liner Note Author: Robert L. Doerschuk.
Recording information: Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA (08/31/1980-09/07/1980); Keystone Korner, SF (08/31/1980-09/07/1980).
Photographers: Brian McMillen; Gorm Valentin.
While it's true that this eight-CD box set was issued in Japan and in Europe briefly, none of its performances have been heard in any form in the United States. This is the companion piece to Milestone's previously issued eight-CD The Last Waltz. Like the previous collection, these live dates with Evans' final trio -- Marc Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums -- were recorded at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco between August 31 and September 7, 1980, about a week before Evans' death (September 15, 1980). What separates the two is that this set is comprised primarily of first sets. If one assembles these two collections with the Warner Bros.-released final Village Vanguard concerts, Turn Out the Stars, there is undeniable evidence that not only was Evans in a state of creative rebirth at the end of his life, but was perhaps at his zenith as a composer, arranger, and -- above all -- as an improviser. The excellent and technically revelatory liner notes to this collection by Bob Doerschuk go a long way toward explaining exactly what it was that Evans was up to on that stand with his piano and his band. They offer lucid, accessible, and picturesque descriptions of the mechanics of the music here, so there is no reason to discuss them in this review. What is most important is the intensity and emotional honesty of the performances, and, of course, the nearly spiritual communication between the members of the trio.
Over eight CDs, listeners are treated to 68 performances of 28 tunes, the vast majority of which are foundation planks of American pop song composers from Rodgers & Hart to Jimmy Van Heusen to Henry Mancini to Paul Simon to Bobbie Gentry. Many are Evans staples, with "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "My Romance," "My Foolish Heart," "But Beautiful," "Like Someone in Love," "Someday My Prince Will Come," "Days of Wine and Roses," "I Do It for Your Love," etc., among them. There are nine Evans originals (and one that should be): "Re: Person I Knew," "The Two Lonely People," "Your Story," "Laurie," "Turn Out the Stars," "Knit for Mary F.," "Bill's Hit Tune," "Tiffany," and "Letter to Evan." The one that should be is "Song From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)." No one should harbor the illusion that the music on Consecration is in any way inferior to that found on The Last Waltz. First and second sets are, more often than not, articulated in different languages. The proof here is in the grooves: The Evans trio comes out of the box on disc one from August 31 steaming. This version of "Re: Person I Knew" sounds like it's an encore after a full evening spent in deep concentration with the band. The fluidity of whirlwind improvisational ideas around the tune's changes and its rhythm is startling for a first track. There is no hesitation anywhere in the heart of the music, with Evans swirling around his rhythm section and Johnson and LaBarbera turning all of those ideas into a shifting, swirling mass of harmonic elegance that turns not back on itself, but toward the heart of musical communication and blows it wide open for the common listener to take in. Elsewhere, such as on the three versions of "Song From M*A*S*H," Evans and Johnson take the introspective melody, clip its ends, and create a dynamic and shimmering tension that LaBarbera then moves into scintillating overdrive. The contrapuntal middles of the versions by Evans, as he runs through and around the basslines with trills and dropping fat open chords in the syncopation, are exhilarating almost beyond measure. On "Two Lonely People," Evans tosses a changeup into the mix that turns around the balladic nature of the tune and instead puts forth its swinging harmonic shifts and chromatic shapes. The interplay between Evans and Johnson halfway through is a nearly symbiotic communication, one that Evans hadn't enjoyed since he played with Scott LaFaro in his second trio. Evans goes on mostly alone after this exchange, incorporating every harmonic and intervallic shift into the base of the melody until the pair comes back in to turn up the heat on the finish.
As the CDs play on, the renditions of these tunes, played night after night, become more exotic and more adventurous, but no less focused or disciplined. It's as if there is more order, not less -- more control of how the music speaks through the trio and more dynamic tension put forth in the music. It is as if there were so much more at stake later in the band's stand than at its commencement. In all, there isn't a letdown in any of these sets. The repetition becomes necessary when one hears the entire narrative expanded. In fact, it now behooves fans to hear each evening as it was played out, first and second sets played out in sequence. Like the aforementioned collections, the sound on this box is top-notch, even crystalline. No doubt many collectors have this material already -- they paid a lot more for it, too. However, for any Evans fan looking to investigate his late period, this is as fine as any a place to start. But be forewarned: This is the beginning of a very addictive -- and extremely moving -- listening experience. ~ Thom Jurek

Date Released
2002-10-01
Studio / Live
Live
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Bill Evans (Piano)/Bill Evans Trio (Piano)
Producer
Kyoko Aikawa; Satoshi Hirano; Tetsuo Hara; Todd Barkan
Artists
  1. Evans, Bill
Duration
449m 12s

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