“The Complete Fantasy Recordings” is a 9 CD compilation presenting the complete body of work produced by Bill Evans for the Fantasy label during the seven-year period closely preceding his untimely death in 1980.
The complete set contains 98 selections recorded by the influential jazz pianist between 1973 and 1979 in club, concert or studio settings, plus a previously unreleased 1976 Paris concert recording. Also included is a fascinating hour-long interview with Evans at the piano, conducted by Marian McPartland and originally broadcast on National Public Radio in 1978.
In these solo, duo, trio and quintet performances with Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Gomez, Philly Joe Jones, Lee Konitz, Harold Land, Warne Marsh, Marty Morell and Eliot Zigmund, Bill Evans is revealed as a masterful artist at the peak of his powers.
This box set contains also a lavish 32-page booklet with an essay by Gene Lees, notes on the sessions by producer Helen Keane, and photographs of Evans during the 1970s.
Original Release. Fantasy Records FCD 1012-2. 1989. 9 Compact Discs. VG+