Tales: Live In Copenhagen is more than just a collection of performances, it’s an important document that encapsulates the spirit, essence, and beauty of what Bill Evans was all about.
In the pursuit of jazz music history, uncovering hidden treasures is akin to stumbling upon a mythical artifact. And that’s exactly the case with Tales: Live In Copenhagen, a remarkable set of previously unreleased recordings featuring the legendary Bill Evans alongside bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Larry Bunker. Featuring exceptional sound quality, this collection offers a fascinating glimpse into a special moment in jazz, capturing the trio's live performance at the Radiohuset and TV-BYEN studios in Copenhagen during August, 1964.
The brilliance of Tales lies not only in the stellar performances but also in the rarity of the material. Bill Evans, known for his emotive and innovative approach to the piano, presents listeners with a unique rendition of "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," marking the only known version of this composition by the artist. Additionally, the album showcases two distinct interpretations of "Sweet And Lovely," a gem previously heard only on the Explorations album. A highlight of the collection is the previously unreleased live version of "'Round Midnight" from 1969, absent from Elemental's earlier Evans release, Treasures. This rendition serves as a testament to the timeless allure of Evans' music, transporting listeners to a moment that has, until now, remained undiscovered. Evans’ unparalleled ability to convey deep emotions through his piano keys is palpable in each note, creating an immersive experience that transcends time.
The discovery of Tales: Live In Copenhagen is a momentous occasion, made possible through the collaborative efforts of Elemental Music and the Bill Evans Estate. These recordings, preserved in the private collection of Danish jazz musician Ole Matthiessen, are now being released for the very first time. The 11 tracks within are not merely musical artifacts; they are a gift to jazz enthusiasts, allowing them to revel in the genius of Bill Evans decades after his physical departure from this earth.
Masterfully produced for release by Jazz Detective Zev Feldman, Tales: Live In Copenhagen extends beyond the sheer joy of discovering previously unknown recordings. It reaffirms Bill Evans' status as a jazz luminary and provides a renewed appreciation for his artistry. So savor the magic of Bill Evans once more, and continue to explore his timeless musical legacy.