Bill Evans Trio – I Will Say Goodbye {Fantasy}[OJC]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

The title refers to the Michel Legrand piece performed twice on the date, and to the fact that pianist Bill Evans was on the verge of switching labels from Fantasy to Warner Bros. For his final Fantasy album, Evans, bassist Eddie G√≥mez, and drummer Eliot Zigmund perform memorable renditions of such songs as Herbie Hancock’s “Dolphin Dance,” Johnny Mandel’s “Seascape,” and Burt Bacharach’s underrated “A House Is Not a Home.” The CD reissue adds two additional selections (“Nobody Else But Me” and “Orson’s Theme”) from this excellent series of sessions. Fine post-bop music from an influential piano giant.

Tracks:
01 – I Will Say Goodbye
02 – Dolphin Dance
03 – Seascape
04 – Peau Douce
05 – Nobody Else But Me
06 – I Will Say Goodbye (take 2)
07 – The Opener
08 – Quiet Light
09 – A House is Not a Home
10 – Orson’s Theme

Personnel:
Bill Evans – piano
Eddie Gomez – bass
Eliot Zigmund – drums

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

Bill Evans – Affinity (with Toots Thielemans) {WarnerBros}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Pianist Bill Evans (who doubles on electric piano on this album for the final time in the recording studio) welcomes guest harmonica player Toots Thielemans and Larry Schneider (on tenor, soprano and alto flute) to an outing with bassist Marc Johnson (making his recording debut with Evans) and drummer Eliot Zigmund. The material contains some surprises (including Paul Simon’s “I Do It for Your Love” and Michel Legrand’s “The Other Side of Tonight”) and only two jazz standards (“Body & Soul” and “Blue and Green”) with the latter being the only Evans composition. Excellent if not essential music that Evans generally uplifts.

Tracks:
01 – I Do It for Your Love
02 – Sno’ Peas
03 – This is All I Ask
04 – The Days of Wine and Roses
05 – Jesus’ Last Ballad
06 – Tomato Kiss
07 – The Other Side of Midnight (Noelle’s Theme)
08 – Blue and Green
09 – Body & Soul

Personnel:
Bill Evans – acoustic and electric piano
Toots Thielemans – harmonica
Marc Johnson – acoustic bass
Eliot zigmund – drums
Larry Schneider – tenor and soprano sax; alto flute

Recorded at Columbia Studios, 30th Street, NYC;
October 30&31; November 1&2, 1978.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork