Bill Evans Trio Lacquer

Live at Hilversum - 1968

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Story

Who was that man slipping discretely into VARA’s tiny Hilversum studio on June 22 1968? He had the slim silhouette of Yves Saint Laurent, with the same “don’t mind me” attitude. It was none other than Bill Evans. Following in his footsteps, all smiles, were drummer Jack DeJohnette and Puerto Rican bass player Eddie Gomez, his trusty touring partner of several years. One month previously they had won a historical Grammy Award in Montreux. A consecration for Bill Evans and confirmation that his art had reached dazzling heights.

Never excessive or remotely vulgar. Profound, emotional and elegant.

A first cigarette, closely followed by a first solo: a ballad on You’re Gonna Hear From Me. The fascinating energy between Eddie and Bill became instantly apparent as they built up the backbone to the melody, and then let it roll as if it could no longer be controlled. Bill, the solitary explorer, introduced this trio technique based on the freedom of each of the musicians. But it was no more than a presumption of freedom, because Bill knew full well the form the journey would take, its twists and turns, and its end.

The chords played by his left hand constituted the base, as demonstrated spectacularly in Very Early, one of his compositions that abruptly plunged the audience into a smoky New York bar. And so the tone was set: never excessive or remotely vulgar. Profound, emotional and elegant.

Lacquers

The ultimate medium. Sublime and fleeting. Once in a lifetime.

The ultimate analog medium. A fascinating phenomenon only now mastered by a handful of skilled engravers, lacquer demonstrates exceptional physical properties, making it possible to capture even the most intricate nuance and texture of a recording. Cut from a single sheet of aluminium coated in nitrocellulose, lacquer is extremely fragile, and wears off as the recording is listened to.

A sublime and fleeting experience, to be savoured like a fine vintage or live concert.

Once in a lifetime. Few people have the privilege of experiencing this unique medium. The casing for these limited edition lacquers was entrusted to Philippe Atienza and Pierre Gerber, both Meilleurs Ouvriers de France. An exquisite piece of craftsmanship.

Case contents

  • A leather case containing 2 lacquers

  • Story of the concert and The Lost Recordings

  • Lacquer user guide

  • Vinyl album + download card for access to digital files

  • Hi-Res 24 bits Studio Masters 176.4 kHz available upon request
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Specifications

Copies
Limited numbered edition. Only 30 copies per album.
Lacquer size
14-inch
Casing
Calf leather
Lining
Suedette
Credit
Recorded at Hilversum, 22.VI.1968, STEREO 1968 NOS , Remastered © & 2016 FONDAMENTA

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