Bill Evans at Town Hall
Live album by
Released1966
RecordedFebruary 21, 1966
VenueThe Town Hall, New York City
GenreJazz
Length35:12
LabelVerve
The Bill Evans Trio chronology
Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra
(1966)
Bill Evans at Town Hall
(1966)
Intermodulation
(1966)

Bill Evans at Town Hall is a live album from 1966 by American jazz pianist Bill Evans and his trio. It was released as "Volume 1," but no subsequent volume appeared. A planned release of big-band material, featuring Evans, from the second part of the concert ended up being nixed, as according to Evans's manager, Helen Keane, the pianist "did not play his best" during the second half.[1]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[4]

Writing for AllMusic, music critic Scott Yanow called the album "a superior effort by Bill Evans and his trio in early 1966. ... [T]his live set features the group mostly performing lyrical and thoughtful standards. ... However the most memorable piece is the 13½-minute 'Solo - In Memory of His Father,' an extensive unaccompanied exploration by Evans that partly uses a theme that became 'Turn Out the Stars.'"[2]

The lengthy solo also features a newly composed "Prologue," somewhat reminiscent of Satie and Debussy, an elaborated version of "Re: Person I Knew," now titled "Storyline," and a closing "Epilogue" drawn from the 1958 album Everybody Digs Bill Evans.[5] Evans's biographer Peter Pettinger notes that "'Turn Out the Stars' was to endure and to become arguably Evans's second-greatest classic after 'Waltz for Debby.'"[6]

Track listing

Side one

  1. "I Should Care" (Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston) – 5:30
  2. "Spring Is Here" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 5:00
  3. "Who Can I Turn To" (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 6:17

Side two

  1. "Make Someone Happy" (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne) – 4:45
  2. "Solo - In Memory of His Father Harry L. (Prologue/Improvisation on Two Themes/Story Line/Turn Out the Stars/Epilogue)" (Evans) – 13:40

Reissue

  1. "I Should Care" (Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston) – 5:30
  2. "Spring Is Here" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 5:00
  3. "Who Can I Turn To" (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 6:17
  4. "Make Someone Happy" (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne) – 4:45
  5. "In Memory of His Father Harry L. (Prologue/Story Line/Turn Out the Stars/Epilogue)" (Evans) – 13:40
  6. "Beautiful Love" (Haven Gillespie, Wayne King, Egbert Van Alstyne, Victor Young) – 6:56
  7. "My Foolish Heart" (Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 4:51
  8. "One for Helen" (Evans) – 5:51

Personnel

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1967 Billboard Jazz Albums 12

References

  1. ^ Pettinger, Peter, Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings, Yale University Press, 1998, p. 172.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Bill Evans at Town Hall Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 74. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ Pettinger, p. 172.
  6. ^ Pettinger, p. 173.