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Tony Scott: At Last

Bill Evans, in splendid form in these 1959 recordings, was on his way to becoming the most influential young pianist in jazz. He may be the primary object of interest in this music captured at the Show Palace in New York that August. The Tony Scott Quartet, however, was a tight working band in which Evans, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Pete LaRoca supported the clarinetist as he was edging into the territory of free playing. In places, Scott shows the strain of pushing the envelope, but he is always interesting. Never an imitator, here he nonetheless occasionally calls to mind another confirmed individualist, Pee Wee Russell.

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