Bill Evans Trio: The 1960 Birdland Sessions (1960) 2010

The 1960 Birdland Sessions

Track list:

01. Autumn Leaves
02. Our delight
03. Beautiful Love
04. Autumn Leaves
05. Come rain or come shine/ Five
06. Come rain or come shine
07. Nardis
08. Blue in green
09. Autumn Leaves
10. All of you
11. Come rain or come shine
12. Speak Low


Bill Evans – piano
Scott LaFaro – bass
Paul Motian – drums
Symphony Sid Torin – M.C.

Recorded: Live at Birdland Club, New York City, 1960
#01-03: March 12,1960
#04-05: March 19,1960
#06-09: April 30, 1960
#10-12: May 7, 1960

These Birdland broadcast performances were originally recorded on tape by Boris Rose.
Part of these recordings were previously issued by Rose himself on LP on the Session, Ozone and Alto labels.

LondonJazzCollector relates the story:

Bill Evans Trio_ The 1960 Birdland Sessions _ LondonJazzCollector (pdf – 3.63MB)

Session Disc 113 – Hooray For Bill Evans Trio
Alto AL 719 – Bill Evans – A Rare Original

[1992] Cool & Blue C&B CD 106 – Bill Evans – The 1960 Birdland Sessions
[2005] Fresh Sound records FSRCD 390 – The Legendary Bill Evans Trio – The 1960 Birdland Sessions

Photography: Steve Shapiro


The legendary edition of the Bill Evans Trio featured impeccable drummer Paul Motian and ill-starred bassist Scott LaFaro; they made a handful of recordings for Riverside, but their only released live sessions came from their final engagement at the Village Vanguard in June, 1961.

The release of these airchecks from four separate broadcasts is a welcome addition to their discography.

There are three excellent takes of “Autumn Leaves,” with the first kicked off by a long Scott LaFaro solo.

Evans offers a stunning seven-minute “Nardis,” which is possibly his earliest live recording of the piece that he would perform and record many more times.

LaFaro delivers a compelling solo that only hints at the potential that was extinguished with his death in an auto crash following the famous 1961 Village Vanguard sessions.

Even with the noise typically found in releases made from vintage radio broadcasts, this is a historic session worth the extra effort to locate.
~Ken Dryden[]