September 12, 2013
The span of this 12-CD box set is generally acknowledged as the best Bill Evans material available. That’s saying a lot, considering the high quality of The Complete Fantasy Recordings and The Complete Bill Evans on Verve. What the Riverside recordings display is a young Evans discovering his revolutionary harmonic depth and improvisational genius with bursts of energy that, by his second session, had established a kind of moody intensity that seemed to deepen the music while making it a…
The body of work that leads many to deem Bill Evans the most influential jazz pianist of modern times, highlighted by the sublime trio work with Paul Motian and Scott La Faro. But other goodies await herein: 24 unreleased performances, the entire legendary 1961 Village Vanguard session and a 32-page booklet with discography and notes.
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