Live Bill Evans Set Debuts on Billboard Jazz Chart

Classic Arts News   Live Bill Evans Set Debuts on Billboard Jazz Chart
A CD set documenting pianist Bill Evans' landmark 1961 performances at the Village Vanguard debuted on the Billboard jazz chart this week at number 20.

The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 includes five sets by Evans, drummer Paul Motian, and bassist Scott LaFaro, including the music already included on the albums Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby. The performances were the last for the legendary trio: LaFaro was killed in a car crash days later.

The top four spots on the chart were unchanged from last week, with Michael Bubl_'s It's Time followed by Madeleine Peyroux's Careless Love, Chris Botti's When I Fall in Love, and Paul Anka's Rock Swings.

Saxophonist Sonny Rollins' live Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert jumped from number 10 to number five in its third week on the chart; vocalist Sara Gazarek's Yours, also in its third week, moved from number 24 to number 10.

Break Out, the latest album from the organ trio Soulive, debuted at number three on the contemporary-jazz chart. Smooth Sax Tribute to Luther Vandross, a collection of instrumental versions of the late singer's songs, made its first appearance at number 18. Herbie Hancock's Possibilities remained at number one for the third week in a row.

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