Bill Evans – From Left to Right {Verve} ”By Request”

Bill Evans – From Left to Right {Verve} ”By Request”

Post-Bop, Piano/Fender Rhodes

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278 MB.

AllMusic Review

In the ’60s the jazz pianist Bill Evans would occasionally record an orchestral “easy listening” session to pay the bills, with predictably mediocre results. But FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, while certainly easy on the ears, is also one of Evans’ most intriguing “lost” records, brought to us courtesy of Verve’s winning “By Request” series.

The novelty is that Evans plays both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano simultaneously in real time, trading off themes and improvs with deliberative taste and, of course, rare skill. The sessions were produced by Evans’ long-time, protective manager Helen Keane, so there was little danger of “selling out.”

Unobtrusively arranged by Michael Leonard, this 1969 release resembles nothing so much as famed bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim’s series of shimmering instrumental albums with arranger Claus Ogerman, even without those gently relentless rhythms driving every tune. Still, the highlight of this album is the dancing two-part “The Dolphin – Before & After,” a non-Jobim bossa nova which allows Evans his only extended improvisations.

Tracklist:
01. What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (4:09)
02. I’m All Smiles (5:47)
03. Why did I Choose You? (5:09)
04. Soiree (3:29)
05. The Dolphin – Before (3:10)
06. The Dolphin – After (3:11)
07. Lullaby for Helene (2:55)
08. Like Someone in Love (5:43)
09. Children’s Play Song (4:21)
10. What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (quartet) (4:49)
11. Why did I Choose You? (quartet) (4:20)
12. Soiree (alternative take) (3:31)
13. Lullaby for Helene (quartet) (2:40)

Personnel:
Bill Evans – piano, fender rhodes electric piano
Sam Brown – guitar
Eddie Gomez – bass
Marty Morell – drums
Mickey Leonard – arranger, conductor

& orchestra

Recorded October and November 1969 and March, April, and May 1970.
Original recordings produced by Helen Keane.
Cover photograph by Sy Johnson
Art Direction: Norbert Jobst, Maurer Productions West

Reissue; supervised by Jerry Rappaport
Researched and restored by Ben Young
Mastered by Suha Gur at PolyGram Studios
Text edited by Deborah Hay
Production coordinated by Carlos Kase, Bryan Koniarz, and Terri Tierney
Production assistance by Tom Greenwood
Series art directed and designed by Sung Lee / STAIN
Package layout by Smay Vision
Design coordinated by Suzanne White
Executive Producer: Richard Seidel

1998, PolyGram Records, Inc.

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