One of the real treats for me of this year’s Mountain Jam — and one that many missed, owing to its placement on the sidestage — was seeing the legendary saxophonist Bill Evans and his band, Bill Evans Soulgrass, tear it up from the very front of the stage. The man has recorded with everyone from Herbie Hancock and Medeski, Martin & Wood to the likes of Willie Nelson and Mick Jagger, and his solo career on its own is entering its third decade. This afternoon show found Evans and the Bill Evans Soulgrass band focusing on material from his 2011 record, Dragonfly. Evans and his band took turns on extended solos during several points in the show, and the crowd up front was right there with them. But it was the not-totally-shocking appearance of the hardest working man at this year’s festival, Warren Haynes, that brought the loudest cheers, and “Tit For Tat” found Haynes and keyboardist Danny Lewis helping to take that song to the next level. This wasn’t a set about raging the mountain, but it was exactly what it was meant to be — a loose, fun afternoon of musical interaction among players who share well-earned respect for each other and their audience.
I recorded this set with Schoeps MK21 wide cardiod microphones in an ORTF pattern generously loaned to me by fellow site contributor hi and lo, in a spot almost directly in front of Evans for an “onstage” effect. Other than the occasional “woo woos” of the friendly older gentleman standing next me, who I wasn’t about to ask to be quiet, this recording is outstanding. Enjoy!
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Bill Evans Soulgrass
Healey Brothers Stage
Hunter, NY USA
Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack
Schoeps MK21 (ORTF)>KCY>Z-PFA>Roland R-26>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, imaging)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )
Tracks [Total Time 53:13]
02 Kings and Queens
06 Tit for Tat %
07 [unknown1] %
% with Warren Haynes and Danny Lewis