BEHIND THE LINES

June 4, 2012 – 4:27 am

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BILL EVANS TRIO
Yugoslavia 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Festival Ljubljana, Yugoslavia; June 10, 1972. Recorded by Radio Ljubljana. Ex SBD stereo.

At the 9:10 mark on Nardis, Tony Oxley, up to this point in the concert, the quiet drummer, ramps up. Fast hits on the skins. Rapid fire thuds captured in stereo weaving from speaker to speaker. You can imagine Bill Evans forever hunched over his keys, straightening up to see this “madman” attack his kit. Gone are the adjectives that constantly shadow descriptions of Bill Evans’ trios - introspective, meditative, intuitive, slow tempo, quiet low volume music, etc. The drum solo goes on for quite some time in this 16-minute long performance until Evans returns like Darth Vader, hammering the heavy chords and challenging his drummer to leave. Evans than sprays the stage with the tinkling of his ivories, till the drums recede back to the silence.

The final track, Waltz For Debby, becomes the encore and anti-climax. We’d imagine the jazz fans found these final two tracks the most memorable of an already beautiful concert. The Bill Evans Trio have always been admired for their melodic, quiet playing. However, this is a rare date with Tony Oxley standing in for Marty Morell on drums.

There can’t have been too many occasions when Oxley sat in with Evans. This is the first time we’ve encountered this explosive set.

This is what Evans has said about the British drummer.

“Tony is an exceptional creative talent and I was always pleased when he agreed to sit in. The musical interplay in the trio is mainly between piano and bass - at least on a theoretical level. But when Tony played, his approach was so different that things we had been doing for some time suddenly became transformed. Tony leaves much more space and his concept of time is very different from that of Marty Morrell who prefers the straight ahead approach. But the fundamental conception of the music remains the same.” (as found in Brian Hennessey, Part two, Jazz Journal International, Oct 1985 )

Although there is a suggestion in Hennessey’s article that Evans offered Oxley the drummer’s seat, we have not come across any other recording. Thanks to bluenote2005 for sharing this excellent recording. There is a level of hiss throughout but the recording is truly exceptional for its time. The only track that fares less well is Waltz For Debby. Thankfully, it was the final performance. Rock fans, give this a listen.
- Professor Red

Picture by Henry Kahanek, posted at jazzstyles.com - Thanks!

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD or out of print.

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Track 01. Announcer 1:28 (2.3MB)
Track 02. Evans speaks 0:35 (972k)
Track 03. Very Early (Bill Evans) 6:06 (9.7MB)
Track 04. Evans talks 0:21 (579k)
Track 05. Gloria’s Step (Scott LaFaro) 7:33 [Skip at 1:28] (12.1MB)
Track 06. Person I Knew (Bill Evans) 7:01 (11.2MB)
Track 07. Evans talks 0:24 (646k)
Track 08. How My Heart Sings (Earl Zindars) 5:00 (8.0MB)
Track 09. Evans talks 0:12 (320k)
Track 10. Twelve Tone Tune (Bill Evans) 6:34 (10.5MB)
Track 11. Evans talks 0:14 (380k)
Track 12. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life (Michel Legrand) 5:52 (9.4MB)
Track 13. Nardis* (Miles Davis) 16:03 (25.7MB)
Track 14. Waltz For Debby (Bill Evans) 5:45 (9.2MB)
(63:02m)

*”Nardis” from this performance has officially been released in 1973 on “Bill Evans, Bobby Hutcherson, Karin Krog, Archie Shepp - Live At The Festival” (Enja). It was reissued on CD in 1994. Both LP and CD are out-of-print. They are only available at scary collector’s prices.

Lineup:
Bill Evans - piano
Eddie Gomez - bass
Tony Oxley - drums

From 1972 onwards, Evans toured Europe and South America and did not record except for the numerous live albums, official and unofficial. It was only in 1974 that Bill Evans released Intuition. Recorded in Berkeley, California in November with just Eddie Gomez on bass. Thankfully these intuitive piano and bass duets remain in print. You can buy the CD here.

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  1. 8 Responses to “BEHIND THE LINES”

  2. thank, bigO - a wonderful change of sounds!

    I-)

    By I-) on Jun 4, 2012

  3. beautiful baby.

    By tman on Jun 5, 2012

  4. This is a thing of beauty! It is great to hear him with Oxley, who was also superb in Gordon Beck’s trio. Thank you Big O!! - S.

    By Slot Sleet on Jun 5, 2012

  5. Wonderful! Bill Evans is one artist that I cannot get enough of. Thank you!

    By MrBill on Jun 7, 2012

  6. Very nice MUSIC, Thanks KAlman from Hungary

    By kalman on Jun 7, 2012

  7. Thanks Big O, this is terrific stuff. Bill Evans was in a class of his own. And the download speed was great for me. Less than 10 minutes for the whole lot.

    By Big Trev on Jun 7, 2012

  8. actually there’s another recorded performance, at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, few days before this one – the quality is lousy but the music is even more lively and fiery than on the Ljubljana recording. This will give you an idea…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifX7LNMcEPo&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLJQ0HzWty35lZHUm78mZb0w

    By filippo bianchi on Sep 10, 2012

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