|This release contains the complete album The Ivory Hunters, which presents a quartet with the unusual combination of two pianos, bass and drums. Thanks to the magic of stereo recording (which had just been developed) Bill Evans plays the pianos on the right channel, while Bob Brookmeyer lays down his trombone to join Evans on piano on the left channel.
As a bonus to this interesting session, a complete session that also features both Evans and Brookmeyer (the latter now on trombone) as part of a group arranged by Jiimy Giuffre, plus three terrific tunes by Evans at Newport ‘57, one of which, I Love You, is in a trio format.
Tracks #1-6: Bill Evans (p righ channel), Bob Brookmeyer (p left channel), Percy Heath (b) and Connie Kay (d). Recorded in New York City, on March 12, 1959.
Tracks #7-10: Bill Evans (p), Bob Brookmeyer, Eddie Bert, Billy Byers (tb), Lee Konitz (as), Ernie Royal, Marky Markowitz, Phil Sunkel (tp), Sonny Dallas (b) and Roy Haynes (d). Jimmy Giuffre (arr, cond). Recorded in New York City, on October 29, 1959.
Tracks #11-13: Bill Evans (p), Don Elliott (mellophone on 11; vibes on 13; bongos on 11 & 13), Ernie Furtado (b) and Al Beldini (d). Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, on July 6, 1957.