The year 1969 was a busy one for pianist Bill Evans.

In January, February and early March, Evans and bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell recorded What’s New with flutist Jeremy Steig. In February, the trio was recorded furtively at New York’s Village Vanguard (The Secret Sessions). Then they moved on to Holland in late March (Live In Hilversum 1969) and Italy in July (Autumn Leaves). Back in New York in early November, Evans began recording From Left to Right, his moody Rhodes/acoustic piano album backed by an orchestra. Later that month, the trio recorded live in Copenhagen (Jazzhouse) and Amsterdam (Quiet Now).

Finally, on Dec. 1, the Bill Evans Trio opened at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, a run that would last until Dec. 27. At various points during the month, the gig was beautifully recorded. The tape captured Evans at his gentlest and poetic best, a throwback to his perspicacious playing of several years earlier. Now, the music from December, 1969, has just been released on Evans in England (Resonance). This two-CD set with a 36-page booklet of liner notes and interviews was produced by Zev Feldman.