The initial hope was that a live record could be milked from the notoriously particular Evans, who, in an era when prominent jazzmen were releasing as many as five and six LPs a year, had recorded a total of four albums as a leader since 1956.
But there were far better reasons for assembling the mobile two- track that Sunday afternoon.
Evans, and every second of Moonbeams showcases this extraordinary talent.
Together they had reached a new level of creative unity and artistic beauty that few, if any, improvising bands could hope to match, and it was still only the beginning.
Ten days later, however, Scott La Faro was killed in a car accident, and what had seemed so attainable on that Sunday in June was now gone forever.
Following producer Orrin Keepnews’ suggestion that a second, more bop- oriented record be recorded simultaneously to avoid any languidness, the “second trio” produced two records over three studio dates, the up- tempo How My Heart Sings and Moonbeams.
The latter remains among the most personal and important works in the entire Bill Evans catalog.
Though the group interacts well, there is little question of who is in charge.
It is Evans, playing with a muscular rhythmic quality unlike anything he had done before, that carries the performance through each phase. Actress Jenny Slate — who plays a New York Post staffer in the upcoming film “Brain on Fire” — hit the New York premiere of her animated movie “The Secret Life of Pets” Saturday with Chris Evans, confirming the pair’s rumored romance.The two reportedly met on the set of “Gifted,” which has yet to be released. He’s a giant man with huge muscles and he’s Captain America. ” Slate’s split from Dean Fleischer-Camp, her husband of nearly four years, was announced last month.The trio had been propelled by Evans’ romantic lyricism and divine touch just as much as it had been by La Faro’s rich sustain and explosive fills.Finding a replacement on the same wavelength was simply not doable.For devout followers of pianist Bill Evans, the date June 25th has become something of a Holy Day.