Bill Evans Jazzhouse Milestone
I think this Bill Evans Live album is really RARE and Great but not known among the Jazz collectors.
I also rarely get this album, a reissue? by Victor Music Japan VIJ 28141. These live sessions were oroginally recorded in Copenhagen Denmark in 1969 but the recording was not meant to sell commercially. Fantasy records US dscovered this recording and found out that the quality of the sessions and recording are really great and they negotiated with the owner of the recording to release it.
Fantasy records US and Victor Music Japan released these great but not known Bill Evans sessions as Jazzhouse in 1987.
But...there is a difference between Tha Fantasy US version and Victor Music Version.
THE JACKET DESIGN
Fantasy used a photo of the trio at the airport, Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell.
Victor Music Japan used a black and white Bill Evans photo. I don't know the reason why...
After all, I love and prefer the Victor Music Japan Jacket. What a cool and beautiful photo of Evans!! Just fantastic and beautiful.
Fantasy US Jacket - photo taken from Amazon
Victor Music Japan Jacket
What about the sound quality? I have not listened to the Fantasy US version but I don't think there is a differene since they used the same source. The recording quality of these sessions is really, really superb!
The pressing quality, sleeve quality and printing quality of Victor Music Japan are really superb!!
Even here in Japan, it is really difficult to find this album nowadays...but in case you find it, it is better for you to get it!