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Moon Beams is a 1962 album by jazz musician Bill Evans, and the first trio album recorded by Evans after the death of Scott LaFaro.

Moon Beams
Moon Beams.jpg
The woman featured on the album cover is Nico, then a fashion-model.[2]
Studio album by
ReleasedMid December 1962[1]
RecordedMay 17, 1962 (#5,9)
May 29, 1962 (#1, 8)
June 2, 1962 (#2-4, 6-7)
June 5, 1962 (#10-11)
StudioSound Makers Studio, New York City
Length39:00 (original LP)
49:30 (2012 CD reissue)
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Bill Evans chronology
Moon Beams

Music and releasesEdit

With Chuck Israels on bass taking the place of LaFaro, Evans recorded several songs during these May and June 1962 sessions. Moon Beams contains a collection of ballads recorded during this period. The more uptempo tunes were put on How My Heart Sings! In 2012, Riverside released a new remastered edition which includes three previously unreleased alternative takes. Moon Beams and How My Heart Sings! were also released combined as the double album The Second Trio.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat
(Original Lp release)
Allmusic     [4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [5]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Thom Jurek wrote of the album "...selections are so well paced and sequenced the record feels like a dream... Moonbeams was a startling return to the recording sphere and a major advancement in his development as a leader."[4]

Track listingEdit

Bonus tracks on 2012 CD reissue:

  1. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" [Alternate Take] - 4:17
  2. "I Fall in Love Too Easily" [Alternate Take] - 2:38
  3. "Very Early" [Alternate Take] - 3:35



  • Orrin Keepnews - producer
  • Pete Sahula - photographer
  • Nico - photographic model
  • Ken Deardoff - album design


  1. ^ Dec 22, 1962
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  3. ^ Down Beat: January 31, 1963 Vol. 30, No.3
  4. ^ a b Jurek, Tom. "Moon Beams: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 74. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.

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