Bill Evans

Live at Art D`Lugoff's Top of the Gate (HCD-2012)

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Live at Art D`Lugoff's Top of the Gate

Bill Evans



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Live at Art D`Lugoff's Top of the Gate

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You are about to be transported back in time. Jazz in the 1960’s, the Golden Era of Jazz. This is a time capsule document unlike any other. We have a ticket for you, up-close, front and center to hear the first existing recordings of the Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell Trio. Evans played with this trio for more than 6 years, since late 1968 until beginning of 1975.

Recorded by George Klabin (Resonance Records founder and owner) at the Top of The Gate, directed by the eccentric and flamboyant Jazz empresario Art D’Lugoff which sought out the hottest talent, hosting prominent jazz artists, including Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Aretha Franklin, and Miles Davis, as well as the best in comedy, including Bill Cosby, Mort Sahl, Woody Allen, and John Belushi.

Bill Evans and his trio spent no less than 4 weeks of engagement at the Club. During that very same period, on the lower Club, The Village Gate, had two resident groups which played alternatively, The Thelonious Monk Quartet and The Charles Lloyd Quartet. On the latter there was a young pianist called Keith Jarrett!!

On the 28 page booklet with essays by Nat Hentoff, Gary Burton, Eddie Gomez, Marty Morell, George Klabin and Art D’Lugoff’s son Raphael we can find a photo of the club. Among the crowd we can see pianist Billy Taylor and sax player ‘Cannonball’ Adderley enjoying what, at the time, was considered the most influential and interesting piano player in the Jazz World.

The critics at DOWNBEAT awarded Bill Evans that very same 1968, for sixth consecutive time, the tag of ‘Best Piano Player of The Year’.

BILL EVANS - piano

Recorded in Greenwich Village , NYC, on October 23, 1968.

• Includes a 28-PAGE BOOKLET with essays by Nat Hentoff, Gary Burton, Eddie Gomez, Marty Morell, George Klabin
& Art D’Lugoff’s son Raphael
• Also included iconic photos and historical documents, contracts and postcards
• 24-Bit digitally remastered from original tapes - Stellar sound quality

“Now with the release of Live at Top of The Gate there’s more of Bill’s inspiration for all of us to learn from and enjoy” - Gary Burton
“...these sessions will now be heard by generations of players and listeners whose lives will thereby be markedly enhanced” - Nat Hentoff
“...this recording... is a throwback to another era that only barely exists today. It was the 60’s...” - Eddie Gomez
“It was the most incredible time in my life. My first two weeks with Bill Evans were about to begin at the ‘Top of The Gate’ in Greenwich Village, NY” - Marty Morell

DISC 1 - Set 1
1. Emily
2. Witchcraft
3. Yesterdays
4. ‘Round Midnight
5. My Funny Valentine
6. California Here I Come
7. Gone With The Wind
8. Alfie
9. Turn Out The Stars

DISC 2 - Set 2

1. Yesterdays
2. Emily
3. In A Sentimental Mood
4. ‘Round Midnight
5. Autumn Leaves
6. Someday My Prince Will Come
7. Mother Of Earl
8. Here’s That Rainy Day