Bill Evans looks like hell in the pictures here, but he sounds like he’s making a petition to get into heaven. With his last trio (Marc Johnson on bass, Joe LaBarbera on drums), the pianist wrapped up his eight-night Keystone Korner gig exactly a week before the death he surely felt looming. Some 20 years later, eight CDs let you come back, set after set, to take in 65 previously unreleased performances covering 32 tunes.
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Larry Gabriel is the Metro Times editor. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.