Moon Beams

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Moon Beams
The woman featured on the album cover is Nico, then a fashion-model. [1]
Studio album by Bill Evans
Released 1962
Recorded May 17, 1962 (#5,9)
May 29, 1962 (#1, 8)
June 2, 1962 (#2-4, 6-7)
June 5, 1962 (#10-11)
Sound Makers Studio, New York
Genre Jazz
Length 39:00 (original LP)
49:30 (2012 CD reissue)
Label Riverside
RLP-428
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Bill Evans chronology
How My Heart Sings!
(1962)
Moon Beams
(1962)
Interplay
(1962)

Moon Beams is a 1962 album by jazz musician Bill Evans, and the first trio album recorded by Evans after the death of Scott LaFaro. With Chuck Israels on bass taking the place of LaFaro, Evans recorded several songs during these May and June 1962 sessions. Moon Beams contains a collection of ballads recorded during this period. The more uptempo tunes were put on How My Heart Sings!. In 2012, it was released a new remastered edition which includes three previously unreleased alternate takes.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Thom Jurek wrote of the album "...selections are so well paced and sequenced the record feels like a dream... Moonbeams was a startling return to the recording sphere and a major advancement in his development as a leader."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Re: Person I Knew" (Bill Evans) – 5:44
  2. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen) – 5:01
  3. "I Fall in Love Too Easily" (Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne) – 2:42
  4. "Stairway to the Stars" (Matty Malneck and Mitchell Parish) – 4:53
  5. "If You Could See Me Now" (Tadd Dameron) – 4:29
  6. "It Might as Well Be Spring" (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) – 6:05
  7. "In Love in Vain" (Leo Robin and Jerome Kern) – 5:00
  8. "Very Early" (Bill Evans) – 5:06

Bonus tracks on 2012 CD reissue:

  1. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" [Alternate Take] - 4:17
  2. "I Fall in Love Too Easily" [Alternate Take] - 2:38
  3. "Very Early" [Alternate Take] - 3:35

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jurek, Tom. "Moon Beams > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 

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