Bill Evans


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The recording date of this solo outing by pianist Bill Evans has been listed as both September 1968 and December 1969; the latter seems the more logical entry. In any case, Evans' final Verve album is one of his weaker dates. He plays five often-rambling solos, including a 14-and-a-half-minute exploration of "Never Let Me Go," and one senses that he misses the usual interplay that he had with his sidemen. In addition, the repertoire -- which also includes "Here's That Rainy Day," "A Time for Love," "Midnight Mood," and "On a Clear Day" -- is not too inspiring and lacks much variety. This set is therefore only recommended to Bill Evans completists who already have many of his other recordings. [Some reissues include bonus tracks.]

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