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Bill Evans Trio – at Shelly’s Manne-Hole


This is the last album Bill Evans made for his first label. That fact alone would give this at least historical significance; and there is surely also some importance to its being one of only two occasions on which the pianist was recorded for Riverside during “live” performance (the other, of course, resulted in the classic pair of Village Vanguard albums). But above all, these two nights at Shelly Manne’s club in Hollywood marked the only recording by the excellent but short-term third trio; after the death of Scott LaFaro, bassist Chuck Israels joined Bill and Paul Motian; then in 1963 Los Angeles studio-stalwart drummer Larry Bunker made this brief but noteworthy contribution to the Evans legend.

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“Bill Evans’ recordings almost always received good to excellent sound, and the Analogue Productions reissues are no exception. While I don’t own the original releases, the 45 rpm reissues clearly better, even after VTA adjustments, the later OJC reissues or the earlier 33 1/3 rpm Analogue Productions releases. The 45 rpm reissues are more musical and transparent; instruments have greater three-dimensionality and frequency extremes, especially lower octaves, exhibit greater resolution and impact. Get them before they’re sold out.” – Myles Astor, Positive Feedback Online, Issue 34,

AllMusic Review by Daniel Gioffre
Although the Scott LaFaro-Paul Motian lineup of the Bill Evans Trio is generally considered to be the strongest, Chuck Israels and Larry Bunker make a strong case of their own on At Shelly’s Manne-Hole, a 1964 release that finds the entire band in classic form. This particular trio may lack some of the sheer combustive force of the better-known lineup, but it is, if possible, even more sensitive, melancholic, and nostalgic than the previous band. The leadoff track, “Isn’t It Romantic,” is one of Evans’ finest moments, with the gently swinging theme leading into a strong, if restrained, solo from Israels. Over Bunker’s sensitive brush work, Evans comments briefly and beautifully on the theme before returning to the head. The band’s readings of such classics as “‘Round Midnight,” “Stella By Starlight,” and “All the Things You Are” are wonderful, but it is the lesser-known tracks, such as “Swedish Pastry” and the aforementioned “Isn’t It Romantic,” that makes this recording so valuable. Jazz is rarely as sensitive or as melodic as this. Another classic from Bill Evans and company.


1. Isn’t It Romantic
2. The Boy Next Door
3. Wonder Why
4. Swedish Pastry
1. Our Love Is Here To Stay
2. ‘Round Midnight
3. Stella By Starlight
4. Blues In “F”


Additional information

Weight 0.700 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm