Bill Evans – Half Moon Bay (Full Album)

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Half Moon Bay is a live album by jazz pianist Bill Evans with Eddie Gómez and Marty Morell recorded at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, in Half Moon Bay, California in 1973 and released on the Milestone label in 1998.

AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell:
Yet more Bill Evans live dates continue to flood the landscape posthumously, but this one was recorded under most inviting and unusual conditions. The locale was Pete Douglas’ Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, a second-floor, 250-seat rumpus room overlooking the Pacific near Half Moon Bay, CA, whose wood-paneled ambience and nine-foot Steinway D piano inspired some of the better live work from Evans during this period of his life. Again in his favored trio format, with bassist Eddie Gómez (who gets ample solo room) and drummer Marty Morell in totally simpatico communication, Evans gives himself opportunities to swing hard as well as traffic in his patented mode of harmonically complex introspection. Included are an excellent take on “Waltz for Debby” and a couple of contemporary pop near-standards, “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” and “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me),” and the set peaks with a closing pair of elegantly swinging waltzes, “How My Heart Sings” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.” The aging tape has dropouts, but the sound quality is quite acceptable in true stereo and superior to that of The Secret Sessions from this period.

Track listing:
Introductions (Bill Evans) – 0:41
Waltz for Debby” (Bill Evans) – 6:25
Time Remembered“(Bill Evans)  – 5:46
Very Early“(Bill Evans) – 6:05
Autumn Leaves” (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert, Johnny Mercer) – 4:47
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” (Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand) – 5:17
Quiet Now” (Denny Zeitlin) – 5:12
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 6:35
How My Heart Sings” (Earl Zindars) – 4:47
Someday My Prince Will Come” (Frank Churchill, Larry Morey) – 6:59

Recorded at Pete Douglas’ Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, in Half Moon Bay, CA on November 4, 1973.

Bill Evans – piano
Eddie Gómez – bass
Marty Morell – drums


Released: 1998
Recorded: November 4, 1973
Length: 37:38
Label: Milestone
Producer: Eric Miller