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Unissued 1975 Oil Can Harry's Bill Evans trio track first time stream

Drawn from Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980) an upcoming Craft label 5-CD Bill Evans Nick Phillips-produced reissue set that includes an entire, previously unreleased live concert from 1975 'Up with the Lark Live …

Published: 13 Apr 2021. Updated: 24 days.

Drawn from Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980) an upcoming Craft label 5-CD Bill Evans Nick Phillips-produced reissue set that includes an entire, previously unreleased live concert from 1975 'Up with the Lark Live at Oil Can Harry's, Vancouver, BC, 1975' is streaming. Pianist Evans is heard with Eddie Gomez on double bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums. Craft are also issuing the unheard concert material separately as On a Friday Evening. Release date is 25 June. The Vancouver material was only ever aired on local radio station CHQM. Craft say that the audio has been restored and newly mastered. Bill Evans, top Photo: via Craft

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Tommy Ward: swinging prospect for the summer

Quincy Jones knows a thing or two about crooners. And Tommy Ward, Quincy's artist, is quite a prospect if you, like marlbank, are into quality crooners and a long while since Jamie Cullum broke through with the release in 2003 shaped so …

Published: 13 Apr 2021. Updated: 24 days.

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Quincy Jones knows a thing or two about crooners.

And Tommy Ward, Quincy's artist, is quite a prospect if you, like marlbank, are into quality crooners and a long while since Jamie Cullum broke through with the release in 2003 shaped so spectacularly well by Bra Hugh producer Stewart Levine on big-selling Twentysomething which is still Cullum's best album. After all Cullum was billed cannily back then as 'Sinatra in sneakers' even though he sounded like Harry Connick Jr and still does.

Ward, coming out of a highly commercial Vegas space, is not afraid to take on working with country artists or singing, trigger alert if treacle sensitive, like Michael Bublé. How will he be presented? There are few details so far. At first blush he does sound like Bublé. We will know a helluva lot more when Ward's 5-track EP is issued in July. Sceptical? You might be until you hear Ward sing with country singer Mark Winston Kirk, top, and in fact it is the Bublé/Alan Chang/Amy Foster-Gillies hit song 'Home' that they tackle. Ward's jazz chops are elsewhere eg on the very neatly captured 'Summer Wind'. He certainly has the sensibility in quantity if you check him. It will be interesting what Quincy decides to do in the studio with Ward: will he put him with a big band or a small group? Who'll he get to produce and what will the songs be? Watch this space. Quincy Jones above with Tommy Ward. Publicity photo