I like the Analogue Productions 45 lp box set :)
I've yet to find one I don't like..."Alone" is pretty good if I had to pick one.
"Portrait In Jazz". The Village Vanguard albums are, of course, landmark recordings, but "Portrait..." catches the Evans/Scott LaFaro/Paul Motian trio at their first full stretch. It has the advantage of freshness and some harder swinging performances than on the Vanguard set. Unfortunately, the fine Analogue Productions mono LP has the lesser take of "Autumn Leaves", which, while still excellent, does not approach the transcendent stereo take available on other LP and CD versions. The stereo "Autumn Leaves" is one of the true miracles in the history of recorded jazz.
Waltz for Debby is hard to beat. Everything wiht LaFaro & Motian blows me away!
I recently bought a new LP of "Waltz for Debby" and love it along with the LP of "Everybody Loves Bill Evans". The sound in the background of the tinkling glasses and "Madmen" era crowd yammering is cool in the Village Vanguard stuff.
"Infinity", with Toots Theilman on harmonica, it's his most unusual and beautiful work.
Listening to "Quintessence" right now. Ranks right up there with the best. For a great live recording, I recommend "The Last Waltz", Bill's final recordings, with Joe LaBarbera & Marc Johnson.
Undercurrents....and also Bill Evan's Trio at Shelly"s Manne-Hole......
I met Toots a number of years ago and he told me his favorite recording was with Bill Evans. It truly is incredible. If you also like Tony Bennett his two older recordings with Bill Evans are wonderful.
"You Must Believe In Spring" is a good expample of excellent work he was doing in the last years before his death, both in studio and live. He always put together a super trio. I agree with posters above, lots of great stuff to choose from.
Although this is not a single title, the Mosaic "Final Village Vanguard" box set is one of my Fav's ...
Yashu, yes the Tony Bennet with Bill Evans is killer. I have that on 45. Is their a second one? what label? I'd love to track that down...
You have to give piece piece pieces with C. Adderley a listen. One of my favorites.
It's gotta be Waltz for Debby, with Sunday at the Village Vanguard a close second.
Waltz for Debby and Sunday at the VV
For JFrech - Yes I have two separate releases. The second is Tony Bennett & Bill Evans Together Again. Released on Rhino. R2 75837. It is a terrific album. Mine is on CD and sound is pretty good.
Im not sure if the conversation here is intended to be restricted to vinyl, but if not, Bill Evans The Sesjun Radio Shows is a real gem.
my favorite album is I will say goodbye...
I've noticed that the Riversides (Waltz; Vanguard, esp.) seem to be preferred to the Verve or Fantasy eras here.
I'm curious how widespread these preferences are among the legions of BE fans.
I don't know, but I just bought:
BILL EVANS TRIO PORTRAIT IN JAZZ
BILL EVANS TRIO WALTZ FOR DEBBY
BILL EVANS MOON BEAMS
THE BILL EVANS TRIO HOW MY HEART SINGS
BILL EVANS INTERPLAY
Hope I like them.
Lenny, Whats up? I think mine is the only suggestion you didnt take. I feel left out :)
"Intermodulation", with him and Jim Hall on guitar.
Also his Montreux Jazz Festival albums are terrific.
Toss up between Portrait In Jazz and Explorations. Listening to the excellent Waltz For Debby as I type this.