Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bill Evans - Camp Fortune, Ottawa, 1974

From the CBC Archives...

In summer 1974, Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell played a show, or maybe a series of them, just outside Ottawa, and had them professionally recorded. If you're really a Evans head (and who isn't?), chances are you're familiar with the Milestone LP these sessions produced: Blue In Green.

I'd argue it's one of Evans high-water marks, with his second-best trio in full flight and nearly telepathic after years of gigging together. For me, it's right up there with Waltz For Debbie and Portrait In Jazz, my other two faves of Evans. But here's the thing: there was far more music recorded that night (nights?). And I've got a bunch of it here for you.

The story as I best know it: Radio-Canada (the Francophone wing of the CBC) recorded a set or two for broadcast: that's a copy of the transcription disc up there. I guess individual stations could broadcast it at their leisure, so long as they did it within a certain period of time, after which the discs were either supposed to be destroyed or returned to Radio-Canada. I guess some weren't. And over the years, this radio set has been extensively bootlegged, right up to a really sketchy issue on Gambit that included some other stuff and pretended it was legit. Remind me to ask Sue Mingus what she thinks of them sometime.

Anyway, the magic that's on Blue In Green is here also: from Gomez's tasty solo on "Elsa" to Evans stately introduction on "Sugar Plum" to the way they all interact on "A Sleepin' Bee," this is one of Evans best bands having an A+ evening. It's one of my faves and I'm presenting it complete with cool French voiceovers.


M.D. Milner said...

geronimo said...

Thanks a lot M.D. Milner.. Living in Hull (Ottawa suburb, on the French side) near Camp Fortune,the place of the recording by Radio-Canada, I'm very thankful for this recording I wasn't aware of.

M. Milner said...

No problem, Geronimo! It's great, one of my fave Evans performances