Analogue Productions (Verve)
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound
"...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don´t want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I´d definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen!" Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers´ Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011
This album came about through a fortuitous convergence of circumstances. Shelly Manne & His Men were appearing at New York´s Village Vanguard, sharing the bill with the Bill Evans Trio. Getting Riverside´s permission to let the pianist participate, Creed Taylor set up a session at Rudy Van Gelder´s studio with Evans and Manne sharing top billing. Manne´s bass player, Monty Budwig, made up the trio. This was a busman´s holiday for Evans, who was freed from the musical parameters he had set for his then-current trio. The result is that his playing seemed lighter, freer, and more relaxed than it had for a while. The album kicks off with a jaunty version of Irving Berlin´s "The Washington Twist" from the unsuccessful Mr. President with Budwig sharing the honors with Evans as much as Manne. Manne spends most of his time driving Evans into more diminished and sharper playing than was usually Evans´ wont. Another relatively unfamiliar Berlin work, "Let´s Go Back to the Waltz," gives full reign to Evans´ lyricism. The longest tune on the set is an audacious, almost lampooned version of "With a Song in My Heart" with light chordal phrasing that pretty much characterized much of the tone coming from this session.
Recorded in 1962.
Bill Evans, piano
Shelly Manne, drums
Monty Budwig, bass