Bill Evans Trio

Consecration, Vol. 1

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Excerpted from tapes made during Bill Evans' final engagement at San Francisco's now-defunct club Keystone Korner, this album captures the pianist literally weeks before his death on Sept. 15, 1980. Although he was in very bad shape physically due to the deterioration of his health, it doesn't show in his playing. With bassit Marc Johnson and drummer Joe Labarbera, he plays old favorites like "You and the Night and the Music" with aggressiveness yet still display his introspective side as in his "RE: Person I Knew." The ballads are of course an Evans specialty, with a new work "Knit for Mary F" and Johnny Mandel's timeless "Emily."

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