Moon Beams

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Moon Beams
Moon Beams.jpg
The woman featured on the album cover is Nico, then a fashion-model.[1]
Studio album by Bill Evans
Released Mid December 1962[2]
Recorded May 17, 1962 (#5,9)
May 29, 1962 (#1, 8)
June 2, 1962 (#2-4, 6-7)
June 5, 1962 (#10-11)
Studio Sound Makers Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 39:00 (original LP)
49:30 (2012 CD reissue)
Label Riverside
RLP-428
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Bill Evans chronology
Undercurrent
(1962)
Moon Beams
(1962)
Empathy
(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, Riverside released a new remastered edition which includes three previously unreleased alternate takes.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Down Beat
(Original Lp release)
3.5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[5]

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."[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Re: Person I Knew" (Bill Evans) – 5:44
  2. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 5:01
  3. "I Fall in Love Too Easily" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 2:42
  4. "Stairway to the Stars" (Matty Malneck, Mitchell Parish) – 4:53
  5. "If You Could See Me Now" (Tadd Dameron) – 4:29
  6. "It Might as Well Be Spring" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 6:05
  7. "In Love in Vain" (Leo Robin, 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. ^ http://smironne.free.fr/NICO/MODE/mode22.html
  2. ^ Dec 22, 1962
  3. ^ Down Beat: January 31, 1963 Vol. 30, No.3
  4. ^ a b Jurek, Tom. "Moon Beams: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 74. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 

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