Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest

May 18, 2016

Resonance Records continues to unearth and release recordings that are not only historically important, but are musical exceptional and impeccably recorded. Tracked at MPS Studios in Villingen, Germany, on June 20, 1968, Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest captures Evans in a formidable trio session with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette—the only studio recording of the group featuring DeJohnette and made five days after the Grammy winning Verve release Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

On this date, the band is in fine form, flowing through a set of pieces in a seemingly effortless manner, yet with a high level of spontaneity and interaction. And it’s a treat to hear DeJohnette stretching out and challenging the others with his occasional asymmetrical phrasing.

While disc one is a solid first-takes-only set, the second disc includes pieces that are, at times, a bit more rough and were originally considered outtakes. This is evident as Evans takes somewhat off-the-cuff solo trips through “It’s Alright With Me” and “Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be).” But, thankfully, these tracks were included because they have a musicality that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss.

Available as a two-disc set—CDs or limited-edition, hand-numbered LPs on 180-gram vinyl—the package also includes extensive liner notes that include interviews with Gomez and DeJohnette; essays by the project’s producer Zev Feldman, critic Marc Myers, and MPS Studio engineer/studio manager Friedhelm Schulz; and plenty of never-before-seen photos. Overall, it’s an excellent presentation of exceptional music from a trio I wish we could hear more from.

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