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Evans, Bill / Live At Art D'lugoff's Top Of The Gate
Album:Live At Art D'lugoff's Top Of The Gate Collection:Jazz
Artist:Evans, Bill Added:07/2012
Label:Resonance Records 

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Album Review
Reviewed 2012-07-07 
BILL EVANS: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate
Resonance, 2012

CLASSIC JAZZ – Previously unreleased two-set live recording by one of the most iconic figures in jazz history, recorded in October 1968 for broadcast on WKCR-FM and hidden away until now. The Top of the Gate was the upstairs room at the famed Village Gate club. It was a hopping place, so there’s a pretty steady background murmur on the quieter tracks, but the recording quality and mix are surprisingly solid and the band – which features Eddie Gomez on bass and Marty Morell (in his first week with Evans) on drums – is in good form.

The material is almost all standards, all with Evans’ trademark mix of aching tenderness and driving swing. And since these are two separate sets we get to hear two versions each of “Emily,” “Yesterdays,” and “Round Midnight.”

Fo’s Picks: Disc I – 1, 3, 4, 6, 9 Disc II – 2, 3, 5, 6


1. 4:47 – tender intro, swings with ease, piano solo has plenty of verve
2. 5:44 – workmanlike feel, some cool bass filigree but piano solo makes it
3. 5:07 – hard, jabbing swing: excellent bass solo, piano kicks up the tempo
4. 6:25 – relaxed but compelling: unusual harmonic shades and loose rhythm
5. 4:44 – solo piano intro, then upbeat swing, becomes forceful, drops back
6. 5:43 – relaxed start, nice trio sound, dances around outskirts of the melody
7. 6:56 – upbeat swing: driving trio, knotty bass solo, piano/drums trade off
8. 5:08 – a ballad, but with a bit of force; second half has a heavy swing
9. 4:38 – somewhat daydreamy, bass provides commentary on piano musings


1. 4:48 – similar to disc 1 but speedier: twisty bass solo, piano feels rushed
2. 5:08 – lighter than on disc 1: sweet solo intro, swings cheerily
3. 4:07 – airy stroll: piano solo has a chunky feel, then bass is fluid
4. 6:27 – slightly faster than disc 1, maybe a bit trickier, lots going on
5. 5:30 – brisk bounce: drops quickly into long bass solo, then jumps
6. 5:14 – speedy swing, breathless piano solo, playful bass, rolling drums
7. 4:22 – relaxed and light, the only track where audience noise distracts
8. 5:15 – solo piano sets up a heartfelt ballad, swings briefly in middle

[ Fo ] - July 2012

Track Listing
1.Emily (First Version) 9.Turn Out The Stars
2.Witchcraft 10.Yesterdays (Second Version)
3.Yesterdays (First Version) 11.Emily (Second Version)
4.Round Midnight (First Version) 12.In A Sentimental Mood
5.My Funny Valentine 13.Round Midnight (Second Version)
6.California Here I Come 14.Autumn Leaves
7.Gone With The Wind 15.Someday My Prince Will Come
8.Alfie 16.Mother Of Earl
 17.Here's That Rainy Day