Bill Evans trio: The Last Waltz

Photograph: Bill Evans in Chicago

By Herb Nolan


The Last Waltz, The Final Recordings Live at Keystone Korner 1980 (Milestone 8MCD-4430-2) is an 8-CD box chronicling Evan's final performances. He was fatally ill at the time but his playing has an intensity and emotional clarity that bring a sense immediacy to these sessions.  Last Waltz offers 65 previously unreleased performances including nine Bill Evans originals. The sessions were recorded over eight nights at San Francisco's Keystone Korner. The trio was his last working group with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbara.

 

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