Bill Evans: "The Secret Sessions"

(Milestone 8MCD-4421-2)
(Track listings and personnel)

(8-CD BOXED SET)

None of the music on this remarkable eight-CD set has been released before. Recorded in secret by a devoted fan (Mike Harris) at the Village Vanguard and now put out in this magnificent box with the approval of the Evans estate, these 104 performances feature Bill Evans with Eddie Gomez or Teddy Kotick on bass and such drummers as Arnie Wise, Joe Hunt, Philly Joe Jones, Jack DeJohnette, John Dentz, Marty Morell, and Eliot Zigmund, Evans is heard on 26 occasions during the 1966-75 period, mixing together fresh versions of familiar songs with some selections that he performed much less often. A box set full of subtle surprises.

Disc ONE
Personnel:

BILL EVANS--piano on ALL tracks

Recorded "live" in trio performances at The
Village Vanguard,
New York City.

Tracks:
< with Teddy Kotick, bass; Arnie Wise, drums.
March, 1966 (from the first set):

* 1. VERY EARLY 5:10
* 2. ROUND MIDNIGHT 7:50
* 3. ONE FOR HELEN 6:10

same personnel and date (second set):

* 4. BLUE IN GREEN 4:31
* 5. TURN OUT THE STARS 7:42
* 6. WALTZ FOR DEBBY 4:16
* 7. TIME REMEMBERED 5:30
* 8. AUTUMN LEAVES 4:45

Eddie Gomez, bass; Wise, drums. July 3, 1966:

* 9. I SHOULD CARE 3:54
* 10. ELSA 5:21
* 11. WHO CAN I TURN TO (WHEN NOBODY NEEDS ME)
4:48
* 12. MY FOOLISH HEART 4:05
* 13. IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY 4:00
* FIVE (theme) 2:00

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Disc TWO

Gomez, bass; Wise, drums, on all selections on
this disc. October 21, 1966:

* 1. GLORIA'S STEP 3:39
* 2. NARDIS 5:05
* 3. SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME 6:00

November 10, 1966:

* 4. WHO CAN I TURN TO (WHEN NOBODY NEEDS ME) 6:12
* 5. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE 5:20
* 6. IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW 3:59
* 7. SPRING IS HERE 3:55
* 8. RE: PERSON I KNEW 5:31
* 9. A SLEEPIN' BEE 3:31

November 12, 1966:

* 10. EMILY 4:24
* 11. ALFIE 5:20
* 12. WALKIN' UP 4:54
* 13. YOU'RE GONNA HEAR FROM ME 4:34
* 14. SOME OTHER TIME 4:58

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Disc THREE

same personnel; November 12, 1966:

* 1. I'LL REMEMBER APRIL 5:45
* 2. ALICE IN WONDERLAND 5:09
* 3. I LOVE YOU 7:05

Gomez, bass; Joe Hunt, drums. January 8, 1967:

* 4. VERY EARLY 4:43
* 5. TIME REMEMBERED 4:57
* 6. ROUND MIDNIGHT 7:23
* 7. STELLA BY STARLIGHT 5:00
* 8. TURN OUT THE STARS 5:25

same personnel; February 26, 1967:

* 9. MY MAN'S GONE NOW 6:16
* 10. IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD 4:50
* 11. WHEN I FALL IN LOVE 4:27
* 12. NARDIS 5:52

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Disc FOUR

same personnel; March 5, 1967:

* 1. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE 4:45
* 2. GLORIA'S STEP 3:27
* 3. ROUND MIDNIGHT 7:00

Gomez, bass; Philly Joe Jones, drums. May 19,
1967:

* 4. BLUE IN GREEN 3:45
* 5. WALTZ FOR DEBBY 5:37
* 6. DETOUR AHEAD 5:02
* 7. ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 5:09

same personnel; May 21, 1967:

* 8. MY FOOLISH HEART 3:55
* 9. IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW 3:40
* 10. ELSA 5:51

same personnel; May 26, 1967:

* 11. HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? 6:04
* 12. POLKA DOTS AND MOONBEAMS 4:43
* 13. I'M GETTING SENTIMENTAL OVER YOU 6:04
* 14. I SHOULD CARE 3:40

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Disc FIVE

Gomez, bass; Jones, drums, on all selections on
this disc. May 28, 1967:

* 1. STAR EYES 5:35
* 2. PERI'S SCOPE 6:00
* 3. HAUNTED HEART 4:05
* 4. AIREGIN 4:05
* 5. LITTLE LULU 4:10
* 6. FIVE (theme) 2:05

June 1, 1967:

* 7. TURN OUT THE STARS 6:10
* 8. NARDIS 6:08
* 9. CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME 4:30
* 10. VERY EARLY 4:54
* 11. EASY LIVING 3:43
* 12. WONDER WHY 4:45

September 3, 1967:

* 13. TIME REMEMBERED 4:32
* 14. YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC 5:05

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Disc SIX

Gomez, bass; Wise, drums. February 4, 1968:

* 1. BEAUTIFUL LOVE 6:15
* 2. WALTZ FOR DEBBY 5:15
* 3. I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY 3:31

Gomez, bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums. August 23,
1968:

* 4. MY MAN'S GONE NOW 5:45
* 5. WHO CAN I TURN TO (WHEN NOBODY NEEDS ME)
5:00
* 6. POLKA DOTS AND MOONBEAMS 3:50
* 7. EMILY 3:45

Gomez, bass; John Dentz, drums. September 15,
1968:

* 8. EV'RYTHING I LOVE 4:30
* 9. SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME 5:50
* 10. THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE 5:50

Gomez, bass; Marty Morell, drums. December 13,
1968:

* 11. A SLEEPIN' BEE 4:45
* 12. BLUE IN GREEN 3:50

same personnel; December 22, 1968:

* 13. FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE 4:27
* 14. LOVE IS HERE TO STAY 4:11

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Disc SEVEN

Gomez, bass; Morell, drums, on all selections on
this disc. February 2, 1969:

* 1. IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD 4:13
* 2. HOW MY HEART SINGS 3:52
* 3. ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 5:39

February 15, 1970:

* 4. MY FOOLISH HEART 4:17
* 5. STELLA BY STARLIGHT 7:06

April 18, 1970:

* 6. MIDNIGHT MOOD 8:04
* 7. WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
5:37
* 8. I SHOULD CARE 6:54
* 9. AUTUMN LEAVES 5:16

December, 1971:

* 10. RE: PERSON I KNEW 8:20
* 11. ALFIE 5:16
* 12. VERY EARLY 5:23

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Disc EIGHT

same personnel; August 12, 1973:

* 1. POLKA DOTS AND MOONBEAMS 4:03
* 2. MORNIN' GLORY 4:24
* 3. YESTERDAY I HEARD THE RAIN 5:52
* 4. EMILY 6:27
* 5. TIME REMEMBERED 5:31

same personnel; January 12, 1974:

* 6. WHO CAN I TURN TO (WHEN NOBODY NEEDS ME)
6:35
* 7. DOLPHIN DANCE 6:37

Gomez, bass; Eliot Zigmund, drums. January 26,
1975:

* 8. SUGAR PLUM 7:51
* 9. TURN OUT THE STARS 5:28
* 10. QUIET NOW 5:12
* 11. WALTZ FOR DEBBY 7:43



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