The Record Collection

Bill Evans Trio: Sunday at the Village Vanguard (1961)

Riverside RLP 376
JVC XRCD 00512

Track list:

01 – Gloria’s Step (tk 2)
02 – My Man’s Gone Now
03 – Solar
04 – Alice in Wonderland (tk 2)
05 – All Of You (tk 2)
06 – Jade Visions (tk 2)
+ bonus track (not on original LP)
07 – Gloria’s Step (tk 3)
08 – Alice in Wonderland (tk 1)
09 – All Of You (tk 3)
10 – Jade Visions (tk 1)


Bill Evans – piano
Scott LaFaro – bass
Paul Motian – drums

Recorded ‘live’ at the Village Vanguard, New York City; June 25, 1961

Produced by Orrin Keepnews
Recording Engineer: Dave Jones

Liner notes: Ira Gitler, Orrin Keepnews

Original LP mastered at Plaza Sound Studios.
Original album design: Ken Deardoff

Front cover Photography: Donald Silverstein
Back liner Photography: Steve Schapiro

Sunday at the Village Vanguard was recorded live on June 25, 1961 at the Village Vanguard in New York City over five recorded sessions (2 matinee and 3 soiree). It is well remembered as the final performance by the Evans trio of the time, which included bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. LaFaro was killed in a car accident ten days after the recording.

Evans and producer Orrin Keepnews reportedly selected the tracks for Sunday at the Village Vanguard to best feature LaFaro’s masterly performance on bass, beginning and ending with two tracks (“Gloria’s Step” and “Jade Visions”) written by LaFaro himself, and with all the others featuring solos by him. This album is routinely ranked as one of the best live jazz recordings of all time.

Additional material from the same day’s performance was released in a second album Waltz for Debby (also 1961), as was other material in another LP Bill Evans – More From the Vanguard. The entire day’s recordings were released in 2005 as The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961.
—wikipedia (Aug.2012)

Bill Evans Trio: Scott LaFaro, Bill Evans and Paul Motian (circa 1960)