Another Time: The Hilversum Concert is a spectacular never-before-heard live recording by the Bill Evans Trio featuring bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette recorded in Hilversum, Holland, in the summer of 1968.
Another Time is 2xHD’s first follow-up release to the widely celebrated Bill Evans Trio album, Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest. 2xHD is pleased once again to release this entirely new Bill Evans discovery in full cooperation with the Bill Evans Estate and Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette and Universal Music Group, the parent company of Verve Records, the label Evans was signed to in 1968.
Recorded on June 22, 1968, just two days after Some Other Time, Another Time: The Hilversum Concert, 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. The audio is further enhanced by the 2xHD Fusion Mastering process.
Total time: 00:47:44
|Analog Recording Equipment||
Merging Technologies Horus
Rene LaFlamme, Transfer from Analog Master Tape to DSD 256
|Original Recording Format|
Joop de Roo
Netherlands Radio Union (NRU), Vara Studio 8, Hilversum, Netherlands
|Recording Type & Bit Rate||
Analog Tape to DSD256
|Release Date||September 1, 2017|
All About Jazz
“As charmed good-luck magnets go, producer Zev Feldman is the jazz world’s equivalent of the guy who keeps winning the lottery year after year. He and Resonance Records specialize in finding and curating unreleased gems to share with the wider world—not dodgy bootlegs, but quality material in terms of content and sound—and giving each discovery the respect it deserves. For such a legendary and extensively recorded artist as Bill Evans who’s been gone almost four decades, it’s easy to suspect all the Good Stuff is already out there, but you never know when the obvious assumption will be wonderfully proven wrong.
Resonance’s treatments of Evans began with a from-the-attic 1968 tape released as Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (a performance with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell). Lightning struck again with Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest, the pianist’s only studio recording during the six-month stretch when Jack DeJohnette occupied the drum chair. Perhaps it’s only natural then, if extraordinarily fortunate, that a respectful enthusiast sought them out when looking to share another unheard recording made for Dutch public radio two days later. Lovingly presented with the blessing of Evans’ estate, label and bandmates, Another Time is another gem of a find and a delight for committed and casual listeners alike.
The setting was an intimate studio in front of a small and traditionally respectful European audience, but the trio’s performance is as sprightly and animated as that of a club date. Evans remains sophisticated and beautifully melodic as always, spinning his trademark chordings right from the first weaving harmonics of “You’re Gonna Hear from Me.” At the same time he’s unmistakably energized by his cohorts, who coast at an infectious and spirited level throughout the set. DeJohnette’s spry cymbal splashing and clattering rolls are tasteful enough to suit the tone of the show, while still showing the busy rhythmic sense that would get him drafted by Miles Davis for some much louder electric work in the next couple years. His bright fills propel the gang through a dynamic “Nardis” and a rousing finale of “Five” with a playful sense of fun; those points sound like they could have made the beginning of a cooking mid-set stretch, but sadly this broadcast’s 48-minute running time doesn’t allow for more extensive explorations.
While Gomez admits to being a bit discontented with his bass tone and “Embraceable You” intro solo, the rendition here swings beautifully, and he stands out in spots like “Who Can I Turn To?” as well. He had been a factor in this phase of Evans’ rhythmically focused late-career development for almost two years at this point, and the pair’s comfortable rapport is a prime example of why they remained productive partners for almost a decade more. “When we later went on to [a residency at London’s] Ronnie Scott’s club… that’s when it really opened up,” the bassist hints during the album’s extensive and thoughtful liners (another noteworthy asset to the package). It’s most disappointing that there aren’t any similarly high-quality tapes of their later run known to exist, but that makes it no less a pleasure to hear this particular group bursting with freshness and inspiration straight from the beginning of their brief time together. If Another Time turns out to be the last we hear from them, it will still shine as another highlight of the Evans catalogue not to be missed.”
Wall Street Journal
“During the musical discourse between Mr. DeJohnette and Evans, we hear clearly the sound that Evans wanted on drums going forward. Another Time is a frighteningly flawless and dynamic work by Bill Evans.”
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