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Sunday At The Village Vanguard

Bill Evans Trio

1961

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Sunday At The Village Vanguard

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3.35

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5

I have always found Bill Evans to sound like "falling down" -- the sun falling down, the rain falling down, the snow falling down. What makes the Trio so transcendent is the dialogue between piano and bass with the percussion actually guiding the journey.

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5

One of the first albums I listened to when getting into jazz. Amazing brassless jazz album. Just a piano, drums and bass and it sounds great.

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J'ai demandé à Robert Dimery ce que faisait cet album dans la liste des 1001 et il m'a très rapidement répondu (Robert et moi sommes très proches) qu'il voulait à la base ajouter un autre album mais a cliqué sans le faire exprès sur une playlist appelée "3 hours jazz chillax music" et l'a insérée dans les 1001. Robert est quelqu'un d'extrêmement tête en l'air.

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I listened to this 8 times yesterday, and will do so again today. This is like the jazz album you wanted to discover to help you get a better understanding. Backstory is amazing, it's just incredible brass free jazz.

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It's tempting to dismiss Sunday At The Village Vanguard as safe, geriatric and boring, the sort of music you would expect to hear in an upscale hotel lobby bar. But that isn't really fair--the album deserves a closer listen. In most popular (as distinguished from classical) improvisatory music, the function of the rhythm section is to lay down a groove, keep time, and provide a rhythmic and harmonic structure for the soloist to blow over. Bill Evans has had a lot of trios over the years, but this is probably the first one in which each member of the trio could and was expected to fluidly take on any role: time keeping, harmony, soloing, holding down a groove or pulse, etc. This required intense listening from all the members of the trio and is actually very difficult to do well. A close listen will reveal that the trio is communicating almost telepathically, and that the playing is exquisite, which accounts for the legendary status of this album, especially among jazz buffs. That said, if you aren't willing to put in the effort to intensively listen to this music, it will most likely come across as safe, geriatric and boring. That is why I actually prefer other recordings of the Bill Evans Trio, especially Turn Out The Stars, which was recorded shortly before Evans died. Evans pours his heart and soul into those performances with unmatched ferocity, knowing he didn't have long to live. So, how to rate Sunday At The Village Vanguard? Well, for what Evans was going for, it's pretty much perfection, an easy 5/5. However, I have to be honest--I don't really enjoy listening to it that much.

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Music can serve as a rush or atmosphere, this is all atmosphere and it’s amazing. Excellent. The deep background conversation noise really adds something. Excellent, jumping off point

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I want to listen to this in front of a log fire in a comfy chair drinking good whisky with a few friends.

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I realised something masterful was afoot when I noticed these dainties weren't only sighing and swaying but giggling and winking at me too.

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A gorgeous stroll with people who make you smile and laugh through a bustling city in winter.

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5

What a great album! Very soothing jazz.

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i love it

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5

You like jazz?

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5

Superb

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5

Unexpectedly easy listening, super accessible and engaging. The live format works well, love the chatter and glass clinking. Even though the band's namesake is on Piano I thought the bass was way more impressive. Has got to be the world's most undercover drummer; he's somehow always there but never there. Would definitely benefit from several more listens. All Of You is the highlight. Although lots of the stuff from this era is difficult to relate to and tempting to dismiss, this exercise has made interesting to imagine what it would've sounded like to me in the context of that time in space. Also have been dishing out lots of five stars lately.

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5

Jamming album. Some songs with sweet guitar solos that rock harder.

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Absolutely amazing!

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classudo

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5

This was extremely pleasant background music for the stuff I was doing around the house. I was a little leery because sometimes I find the improv parts of jazz to be annoying, but this combination of instruments and chill sound worked well for me.

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Fantastic, loved this sound

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Smooth

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5

A jazz album worthy of some serious superlatives. Blissful stuff from open to close. I am a sucker for Alice in Wonderland; this nearly gets 5 starts just for that track.

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Smooth, calm, relaxing

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SO GOOD.

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5

A stunner. Loved every second. Absolutely beautiful

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Jazz Clásico del bueno. Todo un descubrimiento.

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Not much into jazz, but you listen to this, you understand what makes jazz special. Phenomenal musicianship

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5

mt loko

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Phenomenal Jazz Classic, great recording

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Nice.

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5

sophisticated focus music, great for work

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5

Absolute classic, incredible from start to finish.

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5

Beautiful chemistry between these three. One of Scott La Faro's last recordings. Bill's voicings and phrasings in this performance are masterful.

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5

Really good. Not a jazz guy but the skill is there. It is also more approachable than a lot of jazz but not fading into the background.

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Les voy a ser franco y honesto: es demasiado refinado para mí. Los barriobajeros no escuchamos este tipo de obras maestras.

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Masterpiece

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5

Bill Evans es una verga. Más jazz por favor.

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5

Loved it - i liked the Charlie Brown christmas vibe

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5

Super chillier jazz der sehr zeitlos daherkommt

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5

Musste ich zwei mal hören. Großartig.

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5

A classic!

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Very excellent listen

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5

So good

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5

This album is good and relaxing.

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gorgeous!

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5

So good! Such a simple band with complex music. I loved it.

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5

One of the best albums of the vinyl history. One of the great pianists of the history.

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5

Really good and relaxing jazz. Really dug this album a lot. Will give it another listen.

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5

So smooth. Mmmm hmmmmm.

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5

Good album, nice smooth jazz.

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5

Don't know much about this genre / style of music. I'd hold my snarky criticism if I had any, but this is super-good stuff. Lovely, coffee-and-pajamas Sunday morning listening. Hi-fives.

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a fabulous jazz trio playing in a wonderful jazz club - what's not to love?

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5

This is certainly a smooth album that puts a smile on my face. Gorgeous!

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Really good jazz album from 1961

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5

Iconic live jazz release

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5

Not come across Bill Evans before, but this is now in my list of jazz to listen to.

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5

love the jazz.

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5

Oo this is an easy 5 cello gets me every time.

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This is indeed, like they say, one of the best jazz live albums of all time. Bill Evans was one of the greats when it comes to piano, and the clearness and strongness of his style are captured very well in this record. The best thing Evans did was leave Miles Davis' band in 1959 and form his own trio, since Scott LaFaro' bass and Paul Motian' drums were a perfect match for his refinement. It's a shame that this trio only produced four albums and one have to wonder what else they would gift us if it wans't for LaFaro's tragic death. But to end on a lighter note, the performances of "My Man's Gone Now" and "Solar" are essencial jazz.

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5

Bill Evans is an absolute genius on the piano. I'd put him right up there with Oscar Peterson. This album creates a very soothing ambience that I really enjoy. The 'banter' between the bass and piano is playful at times, and you can tell the trio never falls out of sync. The quiet conversation and clinking of glasses leaking through this live recording at times makes me feels right at home. Fave tracks: All of You - Take 2, Alice in Wonderland - Take 1

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Oh, to be a fly on the wall (or an audience member in attendance) at the time of this performance. Apparently the last show of the trio to include bassist Scott LaFaro, this live set gave us two albums and plenty of stellar moments sprinkled throughout (from the takes of Alice in Wonderland, All of You, My Man's Gone Now, Porgy, etc.) Go out of your way to listen to whatever variation you prefer (Sunday, Waltz for Debby and/or the Complete) and immerse yourself in one of the more important nights (out of many) in jazz history.

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4

Didn't finish the album but I plan on going back

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really cool jazz album, I wish it were longer though

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4

very jazz, not too out there

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4

Perfect for a Sunday morning

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I haven't listened to a lot of jazz in my life, but I've really enjoyed listening to this album. I think the recent release of Pixar's Soul is influencing me right now, but I now have an interest in learning some music theory to better understand and appreciate jazz

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Echt lekkere jazz, goed weg te luisteren. Echt goed sfeertje

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4

this is such a nice jazz it's def gonna be a go-to in the future

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4

ya like jazz? uhhh yes.

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4

Un poquito de blues , está interesante

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4

impressive and beautiful

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I liked this album because it was easy to listen to but it didn't blow me away.

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4

Jazz

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4

Interesting album

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Ich finds ganz wunderbar!

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Ich bin da echt ein Schönwetter Jazzer, bzw. mag ich das anschmiegsam-entspannte des Bar Sounds wie dem des Bill Evans Trios. Und ist der Frühling etwas rauer als sonst und drischt der Hagel hart gegen die Fenster, so legen sich das dezente Piano und sein deutlich akzentuierter Bass wärmend wie ein schöner Seidenschal über den dahinplätschernden Morgen, Tag, Abend, ... Schummerige 4.4

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Bialy czlek co umial w murzynska muzyke, tak najkrocej bym okreslil pana Evansa, tutaj w legendarndym bandowym trio LaFaro na basiorze i Motianie na drumsach, byl to chyba jeden z ostatnich nagran dla zginietego w wypadku faro, a z pewnoscia w takim skladzie evansowym, czy to tez wplynelo na to jak legendarnym stalo sie to nagranie i okresla sie go jako najlepszy livowy wystep jazzowania w historii, nikt nie laczyl bialego cool jazzu z czarnym bebopem jak evans, a w tym skladzie slychac ze wszyscy graja zgodnie z ta idea, co slychac, a nawet czuc jesli bierze sie pod uwage jeden utwor w 2 roznych tejkach na co pozwala spotifajowa wersja, ktora posiada kilka bonusowych trakow i z 42 inut orginalnego wydania robi sie 68, taka roznice robi wlasnie gloria steps w 3 tejku, czyli jedna z dwoch orginalnych kompozcji basiorowca bandowego, reszta trakow to kompozycje innych artystow, w tym nawet davisa, czyli solar, ktory i tak byl podjebany od jeszcze kogos innego, ale davis sobie kopy rajta na niego zrobil po udoskonaleniu, jak to czesto bywalo wsrod jazzowatych gangsterow, kolejnym gemem bonusowym jest alicja z krainy czarow, moze jeden z najbardziej zanieczyszczonych trakow na albumie pod wzgledem szumow livowych, ale tam mnie wlasnie evansowe klawiszowanie najbardziej urzeklo, dlatego te traki laduja na plejce, brakuje mi miejsca na livowe jazzowe traki, chyba bedzie trzeba nowa plajliste powolac do zycia, co mi najbardziej przeszkadzalo w odsluchu, to wlasnie wspomniane szumerowanie z widowni no i mankamenty techniczne nagrywania livowego z roku 61, ktorych mozna oczekiwac po takich rekordach, glownie dlatego ocena taka a nie inna

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very good album personally, i lreally liked the improvised bits in each song especially the piano. the bass wasnt quite right but still very enjoyable

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Always enjoy a bit of piano jazz.

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jazzinho brabo pra se ouvir em qlqr situação relaxante, mt foda nn tem como nao gostar

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Really enjoyed the house band vibes.

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i enjoyed this but prob i will listen to again. love the bass

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Soy nuevo en esto del jazz, así que un día no basta para dar una calificación(en general para cualquier disco en mi caso, sin embargo aun es más dificil al ser un genero desconocido para mi) sin embargo mis primeras impresiones son de asombro, es increible todo lo que puedes hacer con un piano, un contrabajo y una bateria, esos solos respectivos de cada instrumento si se sintieron, en especial el del contrabajo, me dejó embelesado.

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Vahry naice

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4

Wonderful jazz album. Very tight, nothing "overly" jazzy. I wished some of it was a bit more exciting though.

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A phenomenal jazz album from one of the premier artists of the 60's and arguably ever in jazz. Evans keys and compositions are quite fascinating and continually engaging. And to no surprise if your familiar with the trio, the bass lines are endlessly fascinating as well. It's a wonderful jazz set from one of its masters.

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Unexpected but pleasant. Will likely listen to again.

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this album has an intimate ambiance, really pulls you into the music being played.

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I've never really listened to jazz...but this is good jazz.

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chill jazz, very good live

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Gewoon goeie piano jazz. Lekker hoor - Ruben Koet

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71. Encontrei o ator Luís Aleluia no restaurante O Léo do Choco, no coração de Setúbal. Por acidente, estávamos a usar a mesma camisa caqui, ele na manga esquerda e eu na direita. Lá tive que lhe dar um abraço ao som dos Scorpions, o tipo de represália que a CIA definitivamente não previu nos anos 80. Disse-lhe que era muito fã dos Washington Wizards e ele começou a fazer uma dança esquisita em que batia com os calcanhares no lancil ao ritmo de Guantanamera. Eu achei um piadão. Ele não. Começou a tagarelar sobre as aberturas de Bobby Fischer e como, sozinhas, derrubaram toda a noção clássica do Ocidente. Quase lhe caiu o boné da Lacatoni. Assim que recebemos a dose de bacalhau à zé do pipo, mandámos para trás e gritámos a "Don't Look Back in Anger" na cara do empregado. Deviam ter visto. O coitado vomitou-se em jacto por cima da mesa da vereadora. Eu fui buscar uma Vileda à despensa mas o Luís ficou a acalmá-lo com as melhores anedotas do Fernando Rocha que tinha ainda guardadas na caixa de SMS. O licor de pepperoni foi por conta da casa. Bela noite, oh Luís. Que caos organizado. MotA: "Alice in Wonderland - Take 2"

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The history of the Bill Evans Trio is very sad. The bass player on this album, Scott LaFaro, died about 10 days after this was recorded in a car accident. Bill Evans went on to become addicted to drugs and died after ending treatment for syphilis. They made fantastic music together.

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I have often relied on Bill Evan's music to relax. This album exemplifies what I like about his stuff - skillful yet low key, moody. The glasses clinking and occasional voices coming through really set the mood, you can imagine the setting.

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Jazz isn't for everybody, but I would implore everybody listen to this record. There are few musical acts that can obtain the synchronicity between members than that of the Bill Evans Trio. All musicians here are phenomenal and masters of their craft, but to me, Scott LaFaro and his bass are the star of the show. He takes the use of bass in jazz music up to this point and really expands its horizons. It becomes a melodic feature rather than just a background accompaniment. I'm not a jazz aficionado, so the genre takes a backseat in my active listening habits, but this is some of the best sounding jazz I've ever heard.

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very nice, pinicle of cool jazz

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4.5

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Enjoyed it!

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4

solid jazz album, nothing too crazy

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Jazz instrumental

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Maybe it’s not Jazz that I find stressful it’s shrill trumpets. As a simple trio I found this enjoyable.

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Good quality jazz

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Nice smoky, atmospheric jazz. The live setting and the background noise of the crowd add to the mood. This one gets better the more you listen to it, and what initially sounds a bit dense and impenetrable starts to make much more sense as your ears adjust and you begin to understand the perfect harmony and synchronicity that has been achieved between the piano, drums and bass.

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Yeah, that's the good stuff.

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Chulada.

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Classic jazz, never gets too crazy or experimental, but still keeps your attention. Bass playing is next level.

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4

Soothing and relaxing. A beautiful piece of work. But it’s hard to judge it against popular genres.

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Sunday at the Village Vanguard by The Bill Evans Trio (1961) For those who, like me, have limited but pleasant experiences of progressive jazz, this album is a treat, however difficult it is to fully understand. Hopscotching in an orderly manner around the circle of fifths, Bill Evans on piano leads the trio with delicate and colorful elaborations, paced by steady but subdued rhythms on (mostly) snare and cymbals by drummer Paul Motian. But the most entrancing work on this record is delivered by bassist Scott LaFaro, whose virtuosity is dazzling. His composition “Jade Visions”, the closing track, is mesmerizing. Sadly, LaFaro died in a car accident ten days after this performance. The most melodically accessible track “Alice in Wonderland” is a good place to start. For those who love drum solos, check out the trio’s cover of Cole Porter’s “All of You”—skillful if not ambitious. As a live album, it is burdened by the distracting audience noise, droning along in the background by the small assembled crowd who are obviously not engaged in a serious listen. They’re not just ordering drinks. And their tepid, polite, and seemingly obligatory applause at the end of each number is anticlimactic. But that’s live jazz. Sigh. 4/5

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What an insane bass player

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very smooth

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I like jazzzz (4 z 4 étoiles)

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Bill Evans died in 1980 when he was just 51 years old. This seems impossible considering that he appears to be at least 70 years old on the cover of this 1961 album. So it was a hard 51 for Evans, and that's before you learn about his intense addictions to both heroin and coke. I'm 51 years old as I write this sentence while listening to this classic album. I've now listened to 199 albums from a subjective list, the majority of which Bill Evans never got to hear. And guess what else, Bill? I still have plenty of time to get hooked on heroin and cocaine. I'm chalking that up as a win.

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You have to immerse yourself in this. One of those albums you can just swim in.

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This is hard to rate. If I was into jazz this would be a 5/5. If it was about whether or not I'd ever play this album again it'd be a 2/5. If it was about me trying to seem sophisticated to house guests it'd be a 5/5 again. I do like jazz. But not this much. I did enjoy it a lot and my productivity increased. 4/5 it is

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Do you like Jazz? This was easy listening whilst at work, and I'd happily listen to it working again.

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This was lovely

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Very barebones jazz. I enjoy it a lot though, builds an excellent atmosphere. Sounds Christmas-adjacent, so 'tis sort of the season. It's a live album, which I never would've guessed if it wasn't stated in the title because it all sounds like studio quality. There's clapping to be heard, but that could be the musicians' families in the studio? I don't know, the point is it's jazz baby, it sounds great. Favorite tracks: Alice In Wonderland, Gloria's Step, My Man's Gone Now. Album art: Really nothing much at all, just a portrait. I would've opted for something more artistic, representative of the mood. 4/5

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One of the best albums on the list that I hadn't heard before I began this project. Solid four stars.

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Good classic jazz. Had no serious problems with this. I have yo say though that the bass improv was the worst part, which was sad.

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That was jazz.

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I went down a Wiki rabbit hole about the Village Vanguard - it's the oldest jazz club in NYC that's still in operation, and so many big careers were launched. This album was so soothing to listen to. I love the ambiance of everyone dining too. If I ever make it to NYC to visit, I'll make a point of going there to visit the Village Vanguard. Super interesting trio - they made a point to give all three of them equal melodic responsibility, which I think I'm paraphrasing from the Spotify bio. But it was interesting to listen with that in mind.

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Loved it

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What a wonderful treat.

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Jazz canónico. Un 4.

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Solid.

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The first thing I noticed about this is how accessible this album is. I would bet I could play this to a hardcore jazz aficionado or someone who didn't listen to any jazz and they would enjoy it. The recording and the playing on this is masterful. Orrin Keepnews the produced is as much to credit hear as the band as he captured this performance so well.

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Chill live jazz improvisations to relax and study to

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Bbbbbbbbbbbangerzzz

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I love jazzz

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Lovely jazz piano. Bill Evans is my favourite jazz pianist and this is an absolute classic by him: it has a more mellow, down-beat feel than something like Monk that speaks to my sad-boy vibes. Would likely rate 5/5 if I had listened to it more but it isn't one of my staples (yet). We're on a 4.5/5

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There’s a Bill Evans record I really like, I think it’s with his trio right around this time. For the life of me I can’t remember what it’s called, I want to say Impressions? Any way this is okay, great playing but not groundbreaking.

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Very chill, do not much about jazz though so it feels like I cannot appreciate it fully

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Very nice doing good things for my anxiety

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Great relaxing music. I can imagine myself listening to this while enjoying a sunny cup of coffee.

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Very nice background listening to tap your feet to.

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Glorious cool jazz - put it on and ignore it and let it create a relaxing atmosphere for you, or pay attention and be rewarded at all the details you can hear. Works either way! Fave track - eh, they blend together so I don't have a firm favourite - "Alice in Wonderland", let's say...

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NICE JAZZ Very chill and good

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I enjoyed this but had my usual issue with this kind of jazz where when it gets into the long form improvisation it just seems like noodling around scales. I know this makes me a low brow but there it is.

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The Best Jazz Pianist of the Era. He was on Kind of Blue. The co-founder of low-key bebop. But I find other albums by him even better, therefore only: ( 7/10) FT: Alice In Wonderland, Solar

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I'm not super into jazz, but this brought back a lot of memories of my grandfather, who was a jazz pianist. Bittersweet to listen to but comforting in a way.

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One of the towering giants of piano playing. Effortless playing.

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Definitely has a Sunday feel to it, I really enjoyed it. The live setting with the clapping at the end of each piece gives a cozy, small-room feel. The recording is actually incredible as well, all of the instruments sound so full and crisp and are played extremely well by the members of the trio. 7/10

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I've had several jazz albums come up now, some Afro-Cuban jazz, and smooth jazz specifically. This is the first real straight jazz album and the one thing this project has done is really given me an insight into this genre that I've never really paid any attention to. This album was very nice, I had it on as I did some work and it set a good vibe of being in the small intimate setting where a live band was playing. I can see myself getting more into this music over time.

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Really very groovy!

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Very pleasant. Makes me feel like I am someplace fancy. You can half listen and it's enjoyable or you can really listen and it's a feast for your brain.

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Trad jazz utan blåsinstrument, bara piano, trummor och bas. Lite väl slött. Objektivt: 5 Subjektivt: 2 Totalt: 3!

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3.5! good music to read to

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Very jazzy

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Fred Armisen has a great bit on when your mind starts to drift while listening to jazz. While I enjoyed this, it was mostly background music while I was working and working on my Vietnamese. Favorite track: "My Man's Gone Now"

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Relaxing record!

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Lækker jazz, live, improvisation, imponerende

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Får en trea endast för att det är det första jazz albumet jag får upp i listan. Nästa jazzalbum kommer inte behandlas lika snällt.

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Self indulgent jazz. Liked it for sure

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I guess I like jazz?!

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Production: 10/20 Songwriting: 12/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 12/20 =45 Noice bit of Jazzy background so fine

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Easy listening

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Jazz is fun

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3.5. I want to like this more, but can’t seem to find the inspiration.

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It's Jazz, it's fine.

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Very good jazz album, and impressive for being live. I have heard better jazz though.

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jazzy mc jazz. s'okay.

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Smooth jazz so far. Enjoyable. I'm not enough of a jazz aficionado to tell if this is groundbreaking or not. Sounds like how most jazz sounds to me.

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Solid album, though I don't have a lot of knowledge of the genre. Will likely revisit

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No és complicat percebre la perícia d'Evans, la manera tan particular de juntar notes al piano, aquí amb molt més protagonisme que a 'Kind of Blue', i com de bé es complementa amb baix i bateria. No m'arriba de la mateixa manera que altres obres de jazz, però té un lloc merescut a l'Olimpe del génere

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Good for what it is! Jazzy jam sessions

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Well, it's jazz. Well done jazz. Would I know if it wasn't? I'd like to think so, but who knows. Honestly this album slipped by as a background track. I didn't pay special attention to it, but it was pleasing to the ear. I do not, however feel like everyone must hear this album in their lifetime.

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Bill Evans sure can tickle the ivories

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Late night, smokey Jazz. Best Tracks: My Man's Gone Now, Solar, Alice in Wonderland

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Its elevator music, but really good elevator music. Bill Evans is obviously the focal point on piano, but the dude playing bass was on some other shit. I enjoyed this music best when I focused on the bass and let the drums and piano just kinda fade a bit into the backround. Like all jazz I definitely recommend good headphones/speakers

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Seems alright, interesting that it was recorded live, had some parts I liked and a lot of gentle noise in between.

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Tinklelicious!

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Good live jazz album

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Great piano and composition work. A little softer than I prefer, but pleasant.

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This is without a doubt great playing, but I wasn't thrilled by it. I respect it, especially for being recorded in 1961, but I probably won't relisten.

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Ist halt Jazz, kann ich nicht viel mit anfangen

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Enjoyable calm jazz album. First few songs were the highlights. The second and third takes became a bit stale after a bit. But overall decent. 6.2/10

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Good with a wine.

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I used to be an instrumentalist. Classical and jazz. I wanted to like this album, I truly did. I liked the concept. The execution didn't do it for me. Felt like cheap music at an awkward dinner party.

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Enjoyable. Didn’t want to turn off. Impressed this is a live record.

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little rat scat for my morning coffee prep! Good piano, rather chaotic but an alright vibe.

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Classic jazz. Like the moving bass parts

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At first I enjoyed it a lot, but all the songs are about the same tempo/style so it wore on a little it. It's nice but, got sort of bored.

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I must say I don't love the virtuosic bass. I feel it interferes with the piano rather than supporting or driving and is simply playing too many notes and often too high for my taste. Wish their had been more individual mics on the drums. Sounds of the club atmosphere aren't too distracting but don't really do a whole lot for me either. I like a good jazz trio but the bass dominates to my ear so much I feel like it should be called the Scott LaFaro Trio not the Bill Evans Trio.

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I still don't get jazz. Can 3 people seemingly be playing their own song at the same time and it not sound bad. I guess the answer is yes, but it also doesn't sound great either. There are a few times in Solar and All of You where i found that i was getting into the groove and it was working for me... but too often the bass line would go from "vibing" to "annoying" like a gnat constantly flying around my face. I'll give them credit for what they're doing, but it isn't something i'll return to. I definitely enjoy Bill Evans' piano work. Impressive.

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I read that this is a commemoration of the bass player's virtuosity, but I sadly didn't enjoy the bass solos. Piano is great, however.

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It was a pleasant listen but not one that I will likely listen to again.

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It was a lot of elevator music…

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A very subtle and relaxed album. The song structures seem, to my untrained ear at least, to be completely linear and unrepeating lines throughout. There aren't verses and choruses, just a start, an exploration and an end. I'm so accustomed to hearing repetition in music, that I'm unsure of what to make of it. It must take an immense knowledge and comfort with your instrument, with your bandmates and with the foundations of music theory to make music like this. What I can't say for the album, is that any one track stood out to me. This is probably again due to my lack of understanding the format of Jazz and the challenge of what they are doing as musicians, but I feel like I could be dropped into the middle of any of these songs and I would have no idea which one is which. Again, I don't really know what to make of it. All told, I wouldn't likely go out of my way to put this album on again, but I do feel opened to something new and I'm curious to learn more from others that do have a deeper appreciation/fascination with the genre.

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3/5

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Jazzsmúþí, róandi og ljúft

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I actually enjoyed the ambient sounds of the Village Vanguard. Felt like I was there

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Trevlig jazz.

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Decent background music but not more for today's ears

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Jazz gut und schön, aber mir fehlt das Leben, es zu hören!

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Crazy bass run jazz, very chill

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7/10

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Jazzy

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I enjoy Jazz well enough as a nice choice for background music; it's usually mellow, no lyrics to get distracted by and provides a noisy distraction during a lull in conversation. Don't really know what makes a good or bad Jazz album since a lot of it all sounds the same to me. Piano seemed to take more of a center stage than in many Jazz tunes which was immediately apparent on My Man's Gone Now and then throughout the album. I prefer more of the tsk, tsk, tsk of the drummer's cymbals and the bumb, bumb, bumb of the double bass along with some horns like the trumpet or sax. Album was pretty consistent throughout. A few tunes (can the be called songs?) started slow and thought they'd continue as such, Jade Visions being the exception. And what's with having the same tune multiple times on an album? I get they were different takes but sounded like the same versions to me.

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Nice relaxing music.

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Nice little jazz album. Very easy to listen to but nothing exciting here. Sort of generic sounding. Would gladly put this on in the background and just hang out with friends.

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Smooth and jazzy. Feels like a fancy hotel bar.

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Ya like jazz?

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This album is more jazz than I can bear. I can hear that the players are masters of craft, but all of the tracks are endlessly meandering, with the performers playing in a very self-serving manner, as opposed to song-serving. I know this is par for the course for jazz, and I know that I don't like that. I also dislike how more than one take of the same songs needed to be be included on this album. 2.5/5, which I'll round up.

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Fine as atmospheric music but some guys lengthy piano solos is not my idea of music to dedicate yourself listening to

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A little too sleepy for first thing in the morning, but I dig it

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No está mal, pero tampoco hay nada que me haya emocionado profundamente. Jazz tranquilo para escuchar de fondo y poco más. En cualquier caso lo voy a aprobar.

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This is a nice album, but simply not something you have to hear before you die.

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What's the superior jazz arrangement? The trio, or the "classic quartet?" Since I don't know diddly about jazz music, other than it generally sounds chill, maybe the answer lies in an exploration of other trios and quartets. Groups of three can be great. The triple play-turning trio of Tinkers to Evers to Chance. The Musketeers were great as a three-piece, but weren't too bad as a quartet either. I've heard some enjoy a ménage à trois, but can't verify. Trios professional wrestling. The Three Amigos. Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Three's Company (oops, already covered that one). Luke, Han, and Leia (sorry Chewie). The Three Stooges. The Powderpuff Girls. And the list goes on. Wow, that's a lot of high quality trios. On the other hand you've got the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Beatles, the Fantastic Four/Incredibles, the Ghostbusters, the South Park boys, the Four Horsemen (either of the apocalypse or of professional wrestling), the Golden Girls. This experiment has proven inconclusive. As has my attempt to review this jazz album.

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1st Listen. It's nice. 3/5.

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I’ll reiterate this every time I’m presented with a jazz album on this list - jazz should be enjoyed live and in person, imho. Theres just something about it that I want to “see” when I hear it. It should be an experience. That said, this trio is clearly talented. Also, it was recorded live with all the glasses clinking in the background and everything - that was cool. And, admittedly, this is as close as you can get to experiencing these guys live at this point as I assume they’re all dead. So - nice work.

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Jesus, what a reprieve after the Butthole Surfers. Every time I hear jazz, I think a few things: "This is really proficient and top-notch musicianship" AND "I have no idea where this slots in with other jazz music" AND "I could listen to this in the background constantly. That being said, I typically prefer non-piano jazz. I mean, I like jazz with pianos. Just not as as the focal point. Except the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. That's my jam. This is fine. 2.5 rounded down for not standing out. Oh wait. 1961. It must've made a splash at that time.

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I am in a situation in which I appreciate jazz, I find it enjoyable. Yet, I find it hard to judge it. So I'll keep it on the average side (sorry jazz fans).

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There is beauty in simplicity. It is what first drew me to punk and hardcore. Stripped off any bells and whistles, one is allowed to fully appreciate what is truly trying to be displayed, whether its unhinged rage or vitriolic thoughts. Other times, a simplicity in musical arrangements allow for each player to take up more space in the room, and not only display their prowess, but their ability to function as a unit. That ability is what first drew me to bands like Bad Religion and Radio Birdman, and today it is what I enjoy about this album. The album title really lives up to its name of being a Sunday; light, breezy and carefree, but not devoid of thought or emotion. The piano work of Billy Evans that I am entirely unfamiliar with, and while this writer would be hard-pressed to distinguish him from any other jazz pianist, it was the Trio's ability to have to play a part while playing apart. The walking basslines (of one Scott La Faro) and lively snare and hi hat work made for a fun listen on its own, and was only augmented by the melodically atonal piano of Mr Evans. The fact that this was recorded live makes it the more intriguing.

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Buh

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Good album, nothing stuck out

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Is this gonna be jazz? Yeah, it was jazz. Not too bad really, not my cup of tea overall but I didn't mind listening even though it went for an hour. Turned out to be a fun soundtrack to getting punished in Elden Ring. Some weird percussion sounds though - I kept thinking something inside my flat was making a noise but it was the music haha. 3/5.

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Really good, relaxing and perfect for concentration

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Lush laid back jazz tones

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Good stuff

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Nice chill jazz vibes, excellent background for painting pots.

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This was nice, even though its not really my thing, I'm sure it's influential and fabulous and all that stuff too but it was nice background music while I cooked

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I think I've listened to a track or two from the Bill Evans Trio before. Sunday at the Village Vanguard is good music. I'd easily agree to listen to more from the band, but nothing stood out calling me back for a second listen.

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Reading about it, it sounds like an amazing technical feat. That didn't change my listening experience.

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Even though this is labeled as the Bill Evans trio, the real star of the show to me was the bassist, that man was riffing. Very sad to hear he died shortly after this recording. I really enjoyed the muffled sounds of the bar crowd in the background, adds to the ambiance of this album, perfect rainy Sunday afternoon listen. To me, this is a good jazz album with some good players, but it didn't do enough to stand above the crowd.

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I liked this for a jazz album. Was cool it was live and didn't get boring like some

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Not my favorite style of jazz but it was chill

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This was a nice listen, but I'm no jazz aficionado so it kind of sounded like any other trio jazz album. Great music for working, though!

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Jazzy

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I really enjoyed how the playfulness of the trio. Can’t wait to give it another listen.

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Okay.

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Pleasant jazz trio. These days, this sound has been sooooo overplayed, it is just background music now. Is it Bill Evans' fault that the standard he perfected became the template for a thousand mediocre jazz trios, playing ever fading carbon copies of this same style for the next 60 years? This album has to be considered best in class for its type. Clearly, warmly and intimately recorded, with quiet audience atmospherics, the interplay between three player sat the peak of their powers is tight and relatively focused. The tragic death of bass player Scott LaFaro in a car accident less than two weeks after this recording adds a melancholy note to this album. I respect Evans' decision to make this album a tribute to LaFaro, by giving him a featuring credit and including two of LaFaro's compositions and choosing tracks with significant bass solos. A touching tribute.

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vintage, clean, charming, background music

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People in the 60s clearly didn't know how to clap properly.

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Jazz without a horn = music to fall asleep to. I respect the skill, but it's not for me. Best track: Jade Visions

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Nghmye

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really not my style

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Not my cup of tea, even though it's very good from a technical point of view.

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The weird thing about jazz is that I enjoy it in a live setting, but it loses a lot of it's luster when I'm listening on Spotify or whatever. Just not the same.

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Not for me

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It was plinky plonky in the background.

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There was nothing wrong with the album per se. All of the songs were ok but I wouldn't be excited if any of them came up while on shuffle.

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Jazz isn't really for me. Like black licorice, I can appreciate it exists and others like it, but I probably never will.

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jazzzzzzzzzzz

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just generic jazz on first listen.

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Fairly uninspiring jazz. Sunday afternoon BBC mystery soundtrack.

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Qua jazz-tolerantie heb ik nog geen vorderingen gemaakt.

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Hmm, beetje te flauw voor mij...

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Not my cup of tea at all. **

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Niiiiccccceeeeee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsQYzpOHpik

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I don't listen to a lot of jazz. I played in a jazz band in high school, and I do really like Ornette Coleman, but this didn't speak to me. It was 60 minutes of bass solos. Very, very good bass solos, but bass solos.

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Not a jazz person - but this was a nice album.

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nice. smooth. i always think one day i'll start listening to jazz, but at the moment i just don't understand whats going on. if someone could explain what i'm supposed to do with it that would be helpful. Alright background music.

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Good music to vibe to sometimes, but not to just listen to

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Not a jazz guy. Good musicianship though

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v comfy but my brain isn’t intellectual enough i need lyrics pretty good just not my thing gloria’s step and alice in wonderland were cute doe

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L'inizio è veramente pesante ma poi si riprende quando si va su ritmi più veloci partendo da Solar in poi. Il disco lo sento molto monocorde ed è difficile distinguere un pezzo da un altro e devo dire che emotivamente non mi fa nulla. Penso che il Jazz sia stato distrutto da anni di jazzisti.

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My Man's Gone Now: almeno questa c'ha un accenno tematico che non sia solo cazzeggio modale. Almeno all'inizio... Vabbè ma che me scrivo qua "pezzo" per "pezzo"... Passamo alla conclusione: Eh boh che devo dì? Cioè sto album mi arriva così anonimo che poteva essere stato fatto da un qualsiasi trio jazz. Ma infatti il jazz mediamente è una canzone sola. Onestamente io qua non ce sento manco quantomeno la vecchia forma tema/cazzeggio/tema/conclusione, è proprio annamo a cazzo. Per carità quando stai nel locale fumoso jazz a New York a sentitte sta musica pagando 30 dollari un cocktail comunque è una bella esperienza. Però è una roba da ascolto? E' una roba mezza soundscape? Cioè chiaramente non c'ha niente di quello a cui diamo peso della composizione e manco la considererei improvvisazione reale perché comunque in realtà c'hai una griglia ben definita e spari fraseggi a caso dove qualunque nota tanto va bene. Direi ok i musicisti bravi, come al solito, ma basta questo? Cioè secondo me pure come jazz è scarso, cioè te senti Coltrane e so 11 minuti minimo a pezzo ma l'improvvisazione è su un altro livello, molto più musicale, molto più compositiva, questo veramente è un CD stock jazz da mette quando c'hai più di 45 anni e vuoi fa crede che sei ricco e raffinato ad una donna divorziata che hai invitato nella tua suite deluxe d'hotel sperando di trombare. Apri la porta co sto disco, la fai sedé sul divano di design e le offri dello champagne ordinato col servizio in camera. Quando parti con il "raccontami qualcosa di te" lei sa già benissimo che stai a fa però è un po' triste e disillusa e comunque fa finta che è caduta nella tua trappola da intellettuale e raffinato estimatore di musica. Cioè da una parta c'ho la stessa difficoltà del Wu Tang, però in quel caso è un fenomeno culturale che non capisco. Qui secondo me non c'è sto fattore, il fenomeno lo capisco, la musica è molto più vicina a qualcosa che posso comprendere e secondo me qua è solo fumo. La produzione è notevole per essere il '61, probabilmente è più che altro solo questione di ripresa, non è che fai sta grande produzione, però devo dire che probabilmente il suono dei dischi de sto tipo è l'unica cosa che me li fa sopportare un minimo.

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Jazz. Not bad. Nice restaurant vibes.

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This is a complete personal opinion but I just did not vibe with this album. I understand the complexity of the musicianship but I prefer jazz to be a little higher-tempo. Easy listen but won't return most likely unless I need to background music to study to.

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Not really into that type of jazz

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No entiendo el jazz

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no

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For me, jazz is performance art. I enjoy it so much more in person than over a recording.

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Easy listening jazz noodling. I'm sure if you like that kind of thing it's very good, but it just reminds me of being on hold.

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Джаз. Неплохой, лайв выступление, но не люблю джаз. 2 из за того, что это модно слушать.

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J'ai d'abord apprécié cet album le temps d'une piste ou deux, puis après plus de 3h de travail sur mon double écran Dell, je me suis rendu compte d'un petit soucis: L'album ne contenait en fait qu'une seule piste, j'avais seulement pressé la touche "Enable repeat" de mon lecteur Spotify. Un eternel recommencement.

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Like the relaxing jazz, although it is to long for my liking 2/5

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it's Jazz

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OK to paint to.

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Not very interesting or particularly groundbreaking Jazz. Well played and nice enough music to be on hold to. 2/5

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Head was rocking on a few parts, but overall did not enjoy the album. More not a jazz fan than a Bill Evans Trio fan.

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Whilst I can tell that the musicianship is exceptional, jazz just does nothing for me at all.

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Sinceramente este album no es para mí. Ninguna de las canciones me logró llegar aunque si puedo identificar la tremenda calidad musical de BIll y toda su banda.

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Fine jazz, not what I would choose to listen to though.

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As a fan of rhythm section jazz, the Bill Evans Trio has been a favorite since I first sought them out after hearing Bill's work on Kind of Blue. That said, the band seems to meander through this set without much direction. It doesn't set the tone as well as on Waltz for Debbie and the playing seems to lack conviction. Not an unpleasant listen, but it fell into the background too easily.

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Easy listening

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Smooth sounds, bass seem strained in the mix. Would sound better recorded today I'd think. But not my sort of thing.

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Standout - Alice in Wonderland - Take 2 It was nice-sounding jazz, but it didn't capture my attention (or I didn't give it my full attention)

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za zaspat u liftu, 2

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I have no doubt this is a quality jazz album, but sheesh I nearly fell asleep. The very long bass solo in Solar is just too much for me to handle. I can’t take it. Not enough excitement. This is the background music at a cocktail hour not a concert for which I would want to pay money.

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This gets an extra star because, while I wasn’t in a swanky bar in the 80s wearing a slinky dress and very red lipstick while I was listening to it, someday I might be.

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Would have been nice background in a piano bar. Wasn't that great to have on whilst working.

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A bit of jazz with a bit of swing. Goes off into free form sometimes which doesn’t go well with my brain. My brain likes patterns.

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Not much of anything really, can't work out how it made the list.

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Wasn't feeling it today. Its nice background music and would be good for uni work, but wouldn't listen to for pure pleasure sake.

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Eh, not really my thing. I'm sure they're super talented fellas, but it just sounds like pointless meandering to me. 2 stars.

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Well it was okay, wasn't offensive or anything but not my cup of macha. Every song sounds like the piano in 'have yourself a merry little Christmas'

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Yeah kind of okay. Like nice relaxing jazz rather than chaotic stressful jazz which I def prefer. However, it's definitely missing a bit of spice for my liking as well on the other hand. It's maybe a bit to close to the dull end of the scale for my liking as well. Haha I'm quite specific with which jazz I like!

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Muy buenos solistas y todo muy lindo pero se me hace muchísimo hacer un disco completo sobre los solos de contrabajo y más aún tenerlo en la lista. Quizá de pronto oír una rola suelta en algún momento está bien, pero hasta ahí.

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My previous album was "Back At The Chicken Shack" by Jimmy Smith, and in comparison, this album has all the features that I dislike in a lot of jazz music. It feels directionless and impersonal. Your typical track has a piano solo, a standing bass solo, and some fun interactions between the instruments but no overall theme. It is relaxing, though.

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It sucked ass

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Live Album... und dann auch noch Free Jazz oder was? Ich versteh die Art von Musik einfach nicht. Die Musiker spielen so ein bisschen vor sich hin und manchmal fängt einer (oder sogar mehrere) an, hektisch Töne aneinander zu reihen, die nicht sonderlich harmonisch zueinander wirken, teilweise sicherlich bewusst disharmonisch sind und nicht in einem ersichtlichen Zusammenhang zu den restlichen Musikern stehen. Wieso? Ist es eine Herausforderung so zu spielen? Bestimmt! Obwohl es genauso gut auch willkürlich sein könnte. Ich höre es ja nur ein einziges mal. Ist es schön zu hören? Für mich definitiv nicht. Grausig! Keine harmonischen Melodien! Kein erkennbares Zusammenspiel! Was soll das? Und dann klatschen die Schafe im Publikum aus ihrem Herdentrieb am Ende der Performance, weil sie von irgend jemanden gehört haben, dass die Musik sehr gut sei. Damit verspielt sich das Album die letzten Armutspunkte.

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killed my mood for today, wtf elevator music. Not outside of an elevator plz!

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not my thing

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Nej

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neeeeeeeeein - 1

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Couldnt do it - piano based jazz just not my thing I guess

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I just can't be doing with this type of jazz. It's annoying

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Ik heb het geprobeerd.....2,5 nummer lang.....en toen begon het Jazz-eczeem weer op te spelen in mijn nek.

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Zzzz...boring!

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Nice. What a avant garde way of doing things, stick the same song on twice in a row and see if you can drive your audience insane. Spaz jazz.

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Look we all know I’d have given this a one whether I’d listened or not

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no

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It might be a great Jazz record. But's it Jazz

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I don't like jazz

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Serieuze Jazz. Leuk voor een paar minuutjes, maar daarna haak snel af. *

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Jazz ...

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Really shit.

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I don't like no-words songs

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glad apple let me know this was a live album.

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Boring easy listening jazz. Not my cup of tea at all

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kakuhka

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I hate jazz so much.

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Agh it is hard to find words, I just don't care about this tinkling kind of jazz. It just irritates me

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not really my genre of music but nice nonetheless

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