With so many previously unissued trio recordings by Bill Evans crowding shelves and “the cloud,” it’s fair to ask whether another archival discovery adds anything of real significance to the piano icon’s legacy—particularly since the latest, Another Time: The Hilversum Concert, comes on the heels of two other Resonance sets from 1968, Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate and Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest, as well as Fantasy’s On a Monday Evening, from 1976.
The answer, in this case, is a decided yes, for completists and non-completists alike. Aside from Verve’s Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival, which won a Grammy in 1969, and a few rarities, Some Other Time and Another Time are the only recordings to document Evans’ short-lived trio with bassist Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette. The young drummer, who had just left the Charles Lloyd Quartet, would soon move on to Miles Davis’ band. More important, you have to dig deep into the Evans canon to find a set as cutting and concise as Another Time. Recorded before a studio audience in the North Holland town of Hilversum (Some Other Time, recorded two days earlier in Germany, is an unattended studio effort), it shows off a side of Evans with which some listeners may not be familiar—or familiar enough.