Bill Evans

With Monica Zetterlund

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Although the Bill Evans Trio with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Elliot Zigmund never quite achieved the level of Evans' early group with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian, or his final trio with Marc Johnson and Joe LaBarbera, it was one of the formidable groups of the mid-'70s. The first two-thirds of this Swedish concert feature the trio playing a typical set. Evans opens with a long solo introduction to the enchanting "Sugar Plum," which also features Eddie Gomez to advantage. "Very Early" and "Gloria's Step" are enjoyable, but there are better versions elsewhere in Evans' extensive discography. Singer Monica Zetterlund joins the trio during the last third of the performance. She recorded for Philips in Europe with Bill Evans as her pianist in the late '60s, but her voice is at best pleasant, if unremarkable. "Come Rain or Come Shine" is her best effort, though distorted sound mars both "What's New?" and "It Could Happen to You." The occasionally poor sound makes this release a low priority for Evans fans.