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Bill Evans
Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of The Gate

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Bill Evans - Emily (excerpt)

“Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate…rivals Evans’s revered Village Vanguard recordings for Riverside in June ’61. The unearthed music is frighteningly vivid – like being seated at a table on stage amid the musicians.” — Wall Street Journal

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BILL EVANS
LIVE AT ART D’LUGOFF’S TOP OF THE GATE


Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate captures two complete sets of the Bill Evans trio with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell on October 23, 1968 at Art D’Lugoff’s legendary Village Gate club in New York City. Originally recorded by Resonance founder and co-president George Klabin at 21 years old, and digitally remastered from the original tapes, this deluxe 2LP gatefold set includes a 4-page insert with iconic photos by Tom Copi, Jan Persson, Raymond Ross, Fred Seligo and Herb Snitzer; essays by renowned jazz critic Nat Hentoff, vibraphonist Gary Burton, Top of the Gate founder Art D’Lugoff’s son Raphael D’Lugoff, and more! This is a limited edition re-pressing of 4,000 copies, hand-numbered on 180-gram black vinyl. Mastered by Bernie Grundman, cut at 33 1/3 RPM and pressed by Record Technology Inc. (RTI). The much sought-after 2012 3LP boxed set edition was pressed at 45 RPM and has been out of print for over 3 years.

  • Deluxe limited-edition 180gm, hand-numbered 2LP gatefold sets mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed by RTI.
  • Official release in partnership with the Bill Evans and Art D’Lugoff Estates.
  • First pressing cut at 331/3 RPM, limited to 4,000 copies worldwide.
  • Featuring longtime Evans bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell.
  • Digitally remastered from the original tape reels recorded by George Klabin. 
  • Includes 4-page insert with rare photos by Raymond Ross, Tom Copi and Jan Persson; essays by iconic jazz critic Nat Hentoff and vibes legend Gary Burton; plus interviews with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell. 

2LP Track Listing:

Side A
1. Emily Take  (4:46)
2. Witchcraft (5:44)
3. Yesterdays (5:07)
4. ‘Round Midnight (6:24)

Side B
1. My Funny Valentine (4:44)
2. California Here I Come (5:43)
3. Gone With The Wind (6:55)
4. Alfie (5:07)

Side C
1. Turn Out The Stars (4:37)
2. Yesterdays (4:48)
3. Emily (5:08)
4. In A Sentimental Mood (4:06)
5. ‘Round Midnight (6:26)

Side D
1. Autumn Leaves (5:30)
2. Someday My Prince Will Come (5:13)
3. Mother of Earl (4:21)
4. Here’s That Rainy Day (5:15)

CD TRACK LIST:

Disc One – Set 1
1. Emily (Mandel & Mercer)
2. Witchcraft (C. Coleman)
3. Yesterdays (J. Kern)
4. Round Midnight (T. Monk)
5. My Funny Valentine (Rogers & Hart)
6. California Here I Come (De Sylva, Jolson & Myers)
7. Gone With The Wind (Magidson & Wrubel)
8. Alfie (B. Bacharach)
9. Turn Out The Stars (B. Evans)

Disc Two – Set 2
1. Yesterdays (J. Kern)
2. Emily (Mandel & Mercer)
3. In A Sentimental Mood (D. Ellington)
4. Round Midnight (T. Monk)
5. Autumn Leaves (J. Kosma)
6. Someday My Prince Will Come (Churchill & Morey)
7. Mother Of Earl (E. Zindar)
8. Here’s That Rainy Day (Burke & Van Heusen)

Personnel:
Bill Evans-
piano
Eddie Gomez-
bass
Marty Morell-
drums

Disc One – Set 1
1. Emily (Mandel & Mercer)
2. Witchcraft (C. Coleman)
3. Yesterdays (J. Kern)
4. Round Midnight (T. Monk)
5. My Funny Valentine (Rogers & Hart)
6. California Here I Come (De Sylva, Jolson & Myers)
7. Gone With The Wind (Magidson & Wrubel)
8. Alfie (B. Bacharach)
9. Turn Out The Stars (B. Evans)

Disc Two – Set 2
1. Yesterdays (J. Kern)
2. Emily (Mandel & Mercer)
3. In A Sentimental Mood (D. Ellington)
4. Round Midnight (T. Monk)
5. Autumn Leaves (J. Kosma)
6. Someday My Prince Will Come (Churchill & Morey)
7. Mother Of Earl (E. Zindar)
8. Here’s That Rainy Day (Burke & Van Heusen)

Side A
1. Emily Take  (4:46)
2. Witchcraft (5:44)
3. Yesterdays (5:07)
4. ‘Round Midnight (6:24)

Side B
1. My Funny Valentine (4:44)
2. California Here I Come (5:43)
3. Gone With The Wind (6:55)
4. Alfie (5:07)

Side C
1. Turn Out The Stars (4:37)
2. Yesterdays (4:48)
3. Emily (5:08)
4. In A Sentimental Mood (4:06)
5. ‘Round Midnight (6:26)

Side D
1. Autumn Leaves (5:30)
2. Someday My Prince Will Come (5:13)
3. Mother of Earl (4:21)
4. Here’s That Rainy Day (5:15)

“Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate” (Resonance) – a two-CD set that rivals Evans’s revered Village Vanguard recordings for Riverside in June ’61. The unearthed music is frighteningly vivid—like being seated at a table on stage amid the musicians.
-Wall Street Journal

“The long-ago sounds of these two live sets of the Bill Evans trio playing mostly standards, recorded in a long-gone Greenwich Village club, Top of The Gate (it was literally above the better-known Village Gate jazz club), are if not the holy grail, then a very gilded cup.”
-Stereophile Magazine
Editors Pick – Recording of the Month! – July 012 issue

“Now with the release of Live at the Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate, there is more of Bill’s inspiration for all of us to learn from and enjoy.”
-Gary Burton

“…These sessions will now be heard by generations of players and listeners whose lives will thereby be markedly enhanced.”
-Nat Hentoff

“…this recording…is a throwback to another era that only barely exists today. It was the ’60’s…”
-Eddie Gomez

“It was the most incredible time in my life. My first two weeks with Bill Evans were about to begin at the “Top of the Gate” in Greenwich Village, NY.”
-Marty Morell

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