|Studio album by|
|Released||Mid December 1962|
|Recorded||May 17, 1962 (#5,9)|
May 29, 1962 (#1, 8)
June 2, 1962 (#2-4, 6-7)
June 5, 1962 (#10-11)
|Studio||Sound Makers Studio, New York City|
|Length||39:00 (original LP)|
49:30 (2012 CD reissue)
|The Bill Evans Trio chronology|
Moon Beams is a 1962 album by jazz musician Bill Evans, and the first trio album recorded by Evans after the death of bassist Scott LaFaro.
With Chuck Israels on bass taking the place of LaFaro, Evans recorded several songs during these May and June 1962 sessions. Moon Beams contains a collection of ballads recorded during this period. The more uptempo tunes were put on How My Heart Sings! In 2012, Riverside released a new remastered edition which includes three previously unreleased alternative takes. Moon Beams and How My Heart Sings! were also released combined as the double album The Second Trio. The woman on the album cover is Nico, who would later achieve recognition as a musical artist herself.
(Original Lp release)
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings|||
Writing for Allmusic, music critic Thom Jurek said, "selections are so well paced and sequenced the record feels like a dream... Moonbeams was a startling return to the recording sphere and a major advancement in [Evans'] development as a leader."
Bonus tracks on 2012 CD reissue: