On November 28, 1979, two days after recording The Paris Concert
live at Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris, Bill Evans
was in Barcelona
with his final trio—bassist Marc Johnson
and drummer Joe LaBarbera
. There, the trio performed for about 45 minutes at RTVE studios in the Esplugues de Llobregat section of the city. Your eyes don't deceive you. Evans wasn't playing the piano and drums. All three players wore the same sports jackets that night, and Joe was in the same color shirt as Evans and had a similar hair style and beard. It was around this time when Evans, his hands puffy from drug use, launched into a more percussive but deeply penetrating period on the keyboard as his health began to decline.
Here's the full show of the Bill Evans Trio in Barcelona, with bio material in Spanish in between the songs...
This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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