A new Bill Evans Trio re-entered the studio in the spring of 1962, nearly one year after the untimely death of innovative bassist Scott LaFaro. Chuck Israels was LaFaro’s replacement, and while he would never take musical charge the way LaFaro did, his supportive presence and solid sound helped make this second edition of the Trio a worthy successor. The 1962 dates produced two albums’ worth of material. The previously released Moonbeams was lyrical yet somber, while the altogether brighter How My Heart Sings! consistently swings. There is little evidence here of the depressive slump which caused Evans to take off the previous year in response to LaFaro’s death.
Just as on Moonbeams, we are introduced here to new Evans originals, additions to a growing and impressive catalog, like “Walking Up” and the exhilarating “Show-Type Tune” in which the pianist puts on his best Bud Powell hat, knocking off line after line of thrillingly executed runs. Add Earl Zindar’s haunting title track, then a nod to Dave Brubeck on the two takes of the latter’s “In Your Own Sweet Way” and How My Heart Sings stands as the most varied Bill Evans set since his breakthrough Everybody Digs Bill Evans.
Bill Evans Trio: Bill Evans (piano); Chuck Israels (bass); Paul Motian (drums).
01. How My Heart Sings
02. I Should Care
03. In Your Own Sweet Way (Take 1)
04. In Your Own Sweet Way (Take 2)
05. Walking Up
07. 34 Skidoo
08. Ev’rything I Love
09. Show-Type Tune