March 12, 2014 – 1:59 pm

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The 1960 Birdland Sessions [Cool N’ Blue C&B-CD 106, 1CD]

Live at Birdland, New York, NY; March 12, 19, 1960; April 20, 1960; May 7, 1960. Very good FM broadcasts.

It was 54 years ago today…

From Ken Dryden (All Music Guide):

The legendary edition of the Bill Evans Trio featured impeccable drummer Paul Motian and ill-starred bassist Scott LaFaro; they made a handful of recordings for Riverside, but their only released live sessions came from their final engagement at the Village Vanguard in June, 1961.

The release of these airchecks from four separate broadcasts is a welcome addition to their discography. There are three excellent takes of “Autumn Leaves,” with the first kicked off by a long Scott LaFaro solo. Evans offers a stunning seven-minute “Nardis,” which is possibly his earliest live recording of the piece that he would perform and record many more times. LaFaro delivers a compelling solo that only hints at the potential that was extinguished with his death in an auto crash following the famous 1961 Village Vanguard sessions.

Even with the noise typically found in releases made from vintage radio broadcasts, this is a historic CD worth the extra effort to locate.

Thanks to Johan who shared this on the net in 2006; and to petercherman for keeping it alive at Dime.

Original notes:

I presume the radio shows are in chronological order. Then dating is as indicated.

Symphony Sid Show at Birdland on Fridays
March 12, 1960
March 19, 1960
April 30, 1960
May 7, 1960
(These are Saturdays, the concerts were Friday night, but air time was immediately after midnight into Saturday)

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.

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Track 01. Autumn Leaves (Kosma/Mercer/Prevert) 4:55 (8.3MB)
Track 02. Our Delight (Dameron) 6:38 (11.1MB)
Track 03. Beautiful Love/Five (Theme) (Evans/Van Alsytne/Young) 5:24 (9.1MB)

Track 04. Autumn Leaves (Kosma/Mercer/Prevert) 6:48 (11.4MB)
Track 05. Come Rain or Come Shine/Five (Theme) (Arlen/Mercer) 5:08 (8.6MB)

Track 06. Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen/Mercer) 4:55 (8.3MB)
Track 07. Nardis (Davis) 7:26 (12.5MB)
Track 08. Blue in Green (Davis/Evans) 6:14 (10.5MB)
Track 09. Autumn Leaves (Kosma/Mercer/Prevert) 7:09 (12.0MB)

Track 10. All of You (Porter) 7:02 (11.8MB)
Track 11. Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen/Mercer) 4:35 (7.7MB)
Track 12. Speak Low (Nash/Weill) 6:47 (11.4MB)
73 mins

Bill Evans - piano
Scott LaFaro - bass
Paul Motian - drums

Symphony Sid - MC

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  1. 11 Responses to “BILL EVANS TRIO - BIRDLAND 1960”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Mar 12, 2014

  3. Sweeeet….!!!

    thanks bigo & to all for getting it out & keeping this alive…

    when you hear that great voice of Alan Grant you know you are listening to the best live jazz musicians in the world at that time with these broadcasts…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 12, 2014

  4. One of the greatest trio ever heard. Interesting is that they play much more faster and louder because of the noisy background in this famous club.

    By Hartmut on Mar 12, 2014

  5. This includes bassist Scott LaFaro. He died in a car crash at 25 years old. Drummer Paul Motian said that Bill Evans never got over it, and that it adversely affected the rest of his life. It is great to have a show like this captured.

    By Joe B on Mar 12, 2014

  6. Waltz For Debby

    By Joe B on Mar 12, 2014

  7. i will give this a listen, bigO!


    By I-) on Mar 13, 2014

  8. Bill Scotty and Paul interplay in the universe forever. Thank you

    By Enrico on Mar 13, 2014

  9. Thanks for this Bigo. This was the best version of the Bill Evans Trio in my opinion. I’ve got all their official recordings but always want more! Great stuff.

    By Big Trev on Mar 13, 2014

  10. @Big Trev:
    I too am a fan of all the Evans trios, but also have a soft spot for the Interplay album he made with the quintet featuring Jim Hall and Freddie Hubbard. It’s actually one my Evans go-to discs because of the different setting.

    Thanks for the post, Bigo.

    By kingpossum on Mar 14, 2014

  11. Bill Evans is my Favorite Jazz Pianist. I was hooked ever since I heard him on WKCR (Columbia University in NYC) very early one Sunday Morning in the ’70s. I saw the Trio twice (at the Village Vanguard and the Bottom Line) before his Untimely Demise in 1980. Thank You Very Much for This, BigO!

    By Britinvdon on Mar 16, 2014

  12. First jazz record I ever bought was “How My Heart Sings” from the bargain bin at Rose Records, Chicago. Expanded my listening horizons as much as “Meet The Beatles” and “The Real Folk Blues” from Howlin’ Wolf. Probably wouldn’t have listened to Miles famous Quintet recordings without that fateful purchase. Scott LaFaro was gone by then, but as the LP title says, “Everybody Digs Bill Evans”.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 20, 2014

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