Jazz purists took a dim view, as late as the time of this recording, of such artificial manipulation as overdubbing -- though Sidney Bechet's one-man band experiment dated to 1941. For Bill Evans, however, a three-way exchange amongst his separate piano tracks was a logical extension of the give and take he encouraged in his bass and drum trios. In fact, three parts played by one musician would have an even closer rapport than a trio of players, he reasoned. And so, the groundbreaking Conversations . As original and breathtaking now as it was over 50 years ago.
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