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If you're a Wes Montgomery fan, you'll want "Back on Indiana Avenue - the Carroll deCamp Recordings" for many reasons. If you're new to his music, perhaps the studio recordings on Riversde and Verve are the place to start. Nevertheless, this is music that is filled with spirit and joy as well as a numerous splendid solos. Dig it!
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" - that album, recorded in October of 1968, just weeks after the Morell entered the scene, comes from tapes made by label owner George Klabin, then 18 years old. Now, the label presents "Evans in England", an 18-song two CD recorded when the Trio spent four weeks (basically the month of December) in residence at Ronnie Scotts in London. The musicians are in sync throughout, having not only spent the past year playing together but also having the luxury of playing the same venue for an extended period of time.
"Evans in England" is a worthy addition to the Bill Evans legacy. Now that there are three albums of material from 1968 and 69, you can really hear that the pianist was fully in creative flight during that time, that he had finally recovered from the untimely death of bassist Scott LaFaro in 1961. Eddie Gomez not only plays with great verve but is so delightfully melodic that his frequent solos unfailingly stand out. Marty Morell is the consummate accompanist, rarely "showing off" but always into the music. Absolutely recommended!
If you want to learn more about Bill Evans, blogger and author Marc Myers is the person to read (he adds much to the album liner notes). Go to www.jazzwax.com and search for the numerous postings he's done on the pianist!