Last Waltz

Performers Bill Evans Trio

Milestone Records | December 5, 2000 | Compact Disc

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This eight-CD box set documents Evans' performances at his eight-night stint at the San Francisco Keystone Korner club in the late summer of 1980; he would die about a week after the final show on September 8. Accompanied by Marc Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums, he runs through no less than 65 performances, most of them standards, and also including about ten Evans originals. Although Evans was still playing well in these final performances, eight CDs of this might be deemed excessive for all but the hardest of hardcore Evans and jazz piano fans. You could say that virtually all eight-CD box sets are only for devotees, but the fact that many of the selections show up in multiple versions further limits its appeal beyond the converted; there are six versions of "Nardis," for example, and three of both "Turn Out the Stars" and "But Beautiful." When not playing his own compositions, Evans here focused on standards, along the lines of "Spring Is Here," "My Romance," "Days of Wine and Roses," "Autumn Leaves," and "My Man's Gone Now." ~ Richie Unterberger

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: December 5, 2000

Genre: Piano

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 8

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Live

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Milestone Records

UPC: 025218443029

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Last Waltz

Performers Bill Evans Trio

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: December 5, 2000

Genre: Piano

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 8

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Live

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Milestone Records

UPC: 025218443029


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: AUGUST 31, 1980 (SUNDAY) --
1.After You, Who? --
2.Like Someone in Love --
3.Polka Dots and Moonbeams --
4.Emily --
5.Turn Out the Stars --
6.I Do It for Your Love --
7.Nardis --
8.But Beautiful --
0.DISC 2: SEPTEMBER 1, 1980 (MONDAY) --
1.Yet Ne'er Broken --
2.Knit for Mary F. --
3.Touch of Your Lips --
4.My Man's Gone Now --
5.Turn Out the Stars --
6.Your Story --
7.Nardis --
0.DISC 3: SEPTEMBER 2 & 3, 1980 (TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY) --
1.Peau Douce --
2.Yet Ne'er Broken --
3.My Foolish Heart --
4.Up With the Lark --
5.Turn Out the Stars --
6.I Do It for Your Love --
7.Nardis --
8.Noelle's Theme/I Loves You, Porgy --
0.DISC 4: SEPTEMBER 3, 1980 (WEDNESDAY) --
1.Yet Ne'er Broken --
2.Spring Is Here --
3.Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) --
4.Letter to Evan --
5.If You Could See Me Now --
6.Two Lonley People --
7.Sleepin' Bee --
8.Haunted Heart --
9.Five --
0.DISC 5: SEPTEMBER 4, 1980 (THURSDAY) --
1.Re: Person I Knew --
2.Tiffany --
3.Polka Dots and Moonbeams --
4.Like Someone in Love --
5.Your Story --
6.Someday My Prince Will Come --
7.Letter to Evan --
8.My Romance --
9.But Beautiful --
0.DISC 6: SEPTEMBER 5 & 6, 1980 (FRIDAY & SATURDAY) --
1.Mornin' Glory --
2.Emily --
3.For Mary F --
4.Days of Wine and Roses --
5.Up With the Lark --
6.My Foolish Heart --
7.Nardis --
8.But Beautiful --
0.DISC 7: SEPTEMBER 7, 1980 (THE 2ND SUNDAY OF ENGAGEMENT) --
1.My Foolish Heart --
2.Nardis --
3.Mother of Pearl --
4.If You Could See Me Now --
5.My Man's Gone Now --
6.Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) --
7.Waltz for Debby --
8.Spring Is Here --
9.Five --
0.DISC 8: SEPTEMBER 8, 1980 (THE 2ND MONDAY OF ENGAGEMENT) --
1.Letter to Evan --
2.My Man's Gone Now --
3.34 Skidoo --
4.Spring Is Here --
5.Autumn Leaves --
6.Knit for Mary F. --
7.Nardis --

Editorial Notes

This eight-CD box set documents Evans' performances at his eight-night stint at the San Francisco Keystone Korner club in the late summer of 1980; he would die about a week after the final show on September 8. Accompanied by Marc Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums, he runs through no less than 65 performances, most of them standards, and also including about ten Evans originals. Although Evans was still playing well in these final performances, eight CDs of this might be deemed excessive for all but the hardest of hardcore Evans and jazz piano fans. You could say that virtually all eight-CD box sets are only for devotees, but the fact that many of the selections show up in multiple versions further limits its appeal beyond the converted; there are six versions of "Nardis," for example, and three of both "Turn Out the Stars" and "But Beautiful." When not playing his own compositions, Evans here focused on standards, along the lines of "Spring Is Here," "My Romance," "Days of Wine and Roses," "Autumn Leaves," and "My Man's Gone Now." ~ Richie Unterberger
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