Bill Evans – California, Here I Come {Verve}

Bill Evans – California, Here I Come {Verve}

Post-Bop, Piano Trio

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Philly Joe Jones was a member of the Bill Evans Trio for a short time in 1967 but none of his recordings with the pianist were released at the time. This two-LP set from 1982 features the pair (along with bassist Eddie Gomez who had recently started his own longtime association with Evans) in superb form.

Jones consistently lit a fire under the pianist and, even though Bill Evans was never just an introspective ballad pianist (which became his stereotype), he does play with some unaccustomed ferocity on several of these selections.

The 71 minutes of music feature strong versions of three of Evans’ originals (including “Turn Out the Stars”) plus a dozen standards, highlighted by “You’re Gonna Hear From Me,” “Gone With the Wind” and the unlikely “California Here I Come.”

Well worth searching for. In September 2004, Verve reissued the album in a limited edition, 24-bit remastered CD. Where the original disc sounded thin in places — as it is a live recording — the remastered version sounds consistently full and warm throughout.

01. California, Here I Come (5:32)
02. Polka Dots and Moonbeams (3:23)
03. Turn Out the Stars (5:53)
04. Stella by Starlight (4:06)
05. You’re Gonna Hear from Me (4:57)
06. In a Sentimental Mood (3:53)
07. G Waltz (4:36)
08. On Green Dolphin Street (4:53)
09. Gone with the Wind (5:54)
10. If You could See Me Now (3:40)
11. Alfie (5:13)
12. Very Early (4:44)
13. ‘Round Midnight (6:08)
14. Emily (5:18)
15. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (6:49)

Bill Evans – piano
Eddie Gomez – bass
Philly Joe Jones – drums

Original recordings produced by Helen Keane
Recorded August 17-18, 1967 at the Village Vanguard, New York City
Engineer: Phil Ramone
Mixdown and Editing Engineer: Frank Laico
Mastering by Stew Romaine, CBS DISComputer System, NYC
96kHz, 24-bit digital transfer
Executive Producer for PolyGram Classics: Barry Feldman
Album Design and Art Direction: Hughes Group, New York
Cover Illustration: Tom Christopher
Liner notes by Peter Keepnews

1982, 2004 – The Verve Music Group, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution Corp., 100 Universal City Plaza, 4th Floor, Universal City, California 91608

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