Date of Release Dec 12, 1969
Recorded September and October, 1968 at Webster Hall, New York City
The Grammy Award-winning Alone was Bill Evans' first single piano solo album following in the footsteps of his 1963 Verve session Conversations With Myself (three pianos overdubbed) and his 1967 Further Conversations With Myself, also on Verve (two pianos overdubbed).
For this Compact Disc release, we have included two recently discovered, previously unreleased tracks. Track 6 is a medley of All The Things You Are (the abrupt beginning is as it exists on the original tape) and Midnight Mood. Evans' only other earlier interpretation of All The Things You Are was a /so done solo (for Riverside) and a/so did not see release until many years after it was recorded. The final track is A Time For Love.
- Richard Seidel (All Music Guide)
From original LP convert:
Perhaps the hours of greatest pleasure in my life have come about as a result of the capacity of the piano to be in itself a complete expressive musical medium. In retrospect, I think that these countless hours of aloneness with music unified the directive energy of my life. At those times when I have achieved this sense of oneness while playing alone, the many technical or analytic aspects of the music happened of themselves with positive Tightness which always served to remind me that to understand music most profoundly one only has to be listening well. Perhaps it is a peculiarity of mine that despite the fact that I am a professional performer, it is true that I have always preferred playing without an audience. This has nothing to do with my desire to communicate or not, but rather I think just a problem of personal self-consciousness which had to be conquered through discipline and concentration. Yet, to know one is truly alone with one's instrument and music has always been an attractive and conducive situation for me to find my best playing level. Therefore, what I desired to present in a solo piano recording was especially this unique feeling.
As you can readily see from the length of the tracks, I did get involved perhaps most successfully in Never Let Me Go. It is difficult to make a qualitative judgment, however, since one always must be wary of falling prey to indulgence in a too subjective feeling unsupported by musical content.
My solo piano professional experience has been negligible and it is sad that this great tradition in jazz is in danger of extinction because of the prevalent public attitude relegating a single pianist to background for conversation or dinner. Therefore, I hope that my playing has sufficient merit to carry the listener without distraction to the musical feeling I have strived to accomplish in these recorded performances.
- Bill Evans