Bill Evans – Montreux II (1970/2013) DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Bill Evans – Montreux II (1970/2013)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 39:37 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover |  © CTI Records
Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Casino De Montreux, Switzerland on June 19 & 20, 1970

Montreux II is a live album by jazz pianist Bill Evans with Eddie Gómez and Marty Morell recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 1970 and released on the CTI label. The album was the second of Evan’s Montreux concert recordings to be released following the Grammy Award-winning Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival (1968).

Bill Evans’ second recording at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970 was a highly anticipated concert, finding the pianist in peak form, accompanied by bassist Eddie Gómez and drummer Marty Morell. His originals include the rhapsodic “Very Early,” the turbulent “34 Skidoo,” and an aggressive rendition of “Peri’s Scope.” His introspective take of Burt Bacharach’s “Alfie” is played at a leisurely tempo, while his take of Earl Zindars’ “How My Heart Sings” simmers slowly to a boil. His driving setting of Johnny Carisi’s “Israel” has an intense Eddie Gómez solo and a lively exchange with Morell as its centerpiece. While this is a terrific live performance, there are sound problems, including what sounds like bleeding of the stage monitors into the mix, and there are muddy spots in the recording as well, particularly during some of Gómez’s solos. Master engineer Rudy Van Gelder tackled the remastering of this CTI LP, but there was only so much he could do with what was preserved on the original tape. –AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden


1 Introduction/Very Early 6:39
2 Alfie 5:29
3 34 Skidoo 6:39
4 How My Heart Sings 4:15
5 Israel 4:14
6 I Hear A Rhapsody 5:53
7 Peri’s Scope 2:27

Bill Evans, piano
Eddie Gómez, bass
Marty Morell, drums



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