If you still haven’t made your way through the Bill Evans 8-CD box set The Last Waltz (Milestone), the much-exalted live recordings from the Keystone Corner club, you’d better hurry: 8 more CDs from other Keystone Corner sessions are on their way in the form of Consecration.
Consecration originally came out in Japan in 1997, and the material on those 8 CDs was, like with The Last Waltz, recorded the week before Evans died on Sept. 15, 1980. Producer Todd Barkan, who is quoted in a Fantasy Jazz newsletter, says that the primary differences between the two sets are, “Consecration favors first-set material. It was mainly chosen for the Japanese market, where ballads like ‘My Romance’ are especially popular. The Last Waltz is more predominantly second sets, and the occasional third set that took place on the weekend.”