With Eddie Gomez, Marty Morell
At the Juzzhus Monmartre, Copenhagen
November 24 1969
This CD reissue is the companion to Jazzhouse, for both were recorded on the same night at the Montmartre in Copenhagen. Evans' regular trio of the time (which included bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell) is in exuberant form performing before an enthusiastic crowd. In addition to versions of his famous "Waltz for Debby" and "Time Remembered," Evans plays seven of his favorite standards, including "You're Gonna Hear from Me," "Nardis" and "Emily." An excellent all-around set that was not originally released until 1988.
All Music Guide
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Bill smiled as he reached into his jacket for a cigarette. He lit one up, took a drag, then turned to me and winked.
It was my third year as the bassist with the Bill Evans Trio, and I was finally beginning to feel comfortable around this man I had idolized for so many years. Not that he made it difficult; quite the contrary. His demands were simple enough -show up and give one hundred percent, don't hold back, and take some chances now and then. He urged me to be myself and not dwell on the legacy of the late Scott La Faro.
Bill Evans was articulate, forthright, gentle, majestic, witty, and very supportive. His goal was to make music that balanced passion and intellect, that spoke directly to the heart. How I bathed in that glorious sound he prodded out of the piano, lost and distracted by the sheer beauty of his accompaniment during my bass solos.
There was more to Bill Evans than met the eye or ear, however. Bill was a sensitive, private man who was neither meek nor introverted. He enjoyed pool halls, racetracks, movies, television, and life as much as the next guy. During a recent tour, he had amazed me with stories about his stint as a sergeant in the army, how he had guarded prisoners and played flute in the army band. Just last week he'd mercilessly cursed out a promoter for not providing him with a good instrument. I was dumbfounded because Bill was always even-tempered and diplomatic. Later he'd said, "If we were a classical group, I'd always have a good instrument."
I felt proud and fortunate to be a part of Bill's music, and I'd hoped it would go on for a while longer. Bill had once said that we were lucky to be paid to make music of our choice. I did indeed feel lucky to play with the Bill Evans Trio, and honored to know the man.
He had just played a marvelous piano solo. Inside my head I was screaming "Yes, yes, I love it!" I don't know if he noticed the big smile on my face.
- Eddie Gomez June 1988