2017 archive release. Another Time: The Hilversum Concert is a rare, never-before-issued recording of the legendary Bill Evans trio featuring Eddie Gomez on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums captured live at the Netherlands Radio Union Studios on June 22, 1968. For the audiophile, this is possibly the best sounding live recording of Bill Evans found to date, captured with the state of the art equipment of the NRU. This deluxe CD features rare photos, essays, plus interviews with Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette and more.
Bill Evans — Another Time: The Hilversum Concert, recorded on June 22, 1968, just two days after Some Other Time, provides a fitting counterpoint to that remarkable album. Interestingly, these two recordings were made one day on either side of the summer solstice and they each seem to embody attributes of their respective seasons.
Where Some Other Time, recorded at the legendary MPS studios in Villingen, Germany, is imbued with an introspective, vernal beauty, Another Time was recorded as a live concert, and is a recording remarkable not only for the three musicians' ebullience, freedom and summer-infused heat; but notable also for its exceptional recording quality utilizing the then state of the art recording techniques of the NRU.
Producer Zev Feldman and Executive Producer, George Klabin, regard Another Time as the best-sounding Bill Evans album on Resonance; perhaps one of Evans's best sounding live recordings ever. The configuration of this special edition of the Bill Evans Trio — featuring Jack DeJohnette newly introduced as a co-equal counterpart to Evans and the redoubtable Eddie Gomez — was not widely recorded before Some Other Time.
Indeed, before Resonance released Some Other Time, only one previous aural document existed memorializing this version of the trio, which had a life-span of only six months: a live recording made at the Montreux Festival, a concert that was held roughly a week before Some Other Time and Another Time were recorded. Marc Myers, a Wall Street Journal contributor, music columnist, and Anatomy of a Song author, writes that Another Time "is a frighteningly flawless and dynamic work by Evans."
In his essay for 2016's Some Other Time, Myers noted that the trio with Jack DeJohnette represented a new model for Evans, observing "During the musical discourse between Mr. DeJohnette and Evans, we hear clearly the sound that Evans wanted on drums going forward." Dutch jazz authority Bert Vuijsje cited Brian Priestly's notes from the Montreux album, noting that DeJohnette is, "above all, a listening drummer . . . much more extroverted than Evans's previous [drummers]."
And Jack DeJohnette's view of this album is sunny: "All of the tracks on this album are really cool. I liked what was happening there." On revisiting this concert after nearly 49 years, Eddie Gomez also liked what he heard. He noted, among other things, that he "loved the way Bill plays the melodies. His exposition of melodies is really fabulous and very touching . . . I like the way he plays ‘Very Early’ and ‘Who Can I Turn To?’ and ‘Turn Out the Stars.’ Those are just beautiful melodies and the way he plays them, he sings them out. Very few pianists can sing like that. So I like those songs just for the way he plays the melody. That always touches me and it's very emotional to hear him play those songs."
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