Bill Evans’ ‘The Solo Sessions, Vol. 2’ is an album recorded on January 10, 1963 and released in 1992 By Milestone.
Track Listing : 1.All The Things You Are (Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Jerome Kern) – 09:10 . 2.Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 04:33 . 3.I Loves You Porgy (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 05:50 . 4.What Kind Of Fool Am I? [Take 2] (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 06:49 . 5.Love Is Here To Stay (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 04:01 . 6.Ornithology (Benny Harris, Charlie Parker) – 05:33 . 7.Medley: Autumn In New York/How About You? (Vernon Duke) – 06:21
Production : Produced By Orrin Keepnews . Bill Schwartau – Engineer
Package : Phil Bray – Photography . Phil Carroll – Art Direction . Gene Lees – Liner Notes . Gilles Margerin – Cover Art Concept
Recorded On January 10, 1963.
Released 1992 By Milestone.
And therein lies Orrin’s unintentional but vital genius: These are Evans’ only true concept albums—made without much of a break, without preparation, without a shift in mood and without a chance for second-guessing. Evans is locked into the piano seat for a little over an hour and a half of nonstop playingand the bare result is both harrowing and beautiful. […]
Though in retrospect Lees hears added value in these solo piano works from Bill Evans, there is a palpable and recognizable deterioration in the great pianist’s ability to perform at his optimal genius level. […]
James Kim @ Amazon
Bill Evans does it again– when most solo piano albums turn out to be boring after a few listens, you can always discover something that you haven’t heard previously, each time you listen to the CD. The tonality of the CD is more free than Solo Sessions Vol. 1, but still beautiful nonetheless. Evans’ version of ‘I Loves’ You Porgy’ is one of the best pieces of music I’ve ever heard, period. […]