The performances here are great, but I'm deducting two stars for the "bonus tracks". If a record company feels guilty that a CD will hold more music, it should reduce the price of the CD; the record itself, at least this record, is ONE work of ART. Adding "bonus tracks" to it is like adding "bonus paint" to a Van Gogh. Particularly irksome are alternate take "bonus tracks", especially alternate take "bonus tracks" placed immediately after or before the takes the artist actually wanted us to hear.
In the case of this version of "Portrait in Jazz", however, the liner notes at least attempt to explain what the alternate takes are doing here. In my opinion, though, its arguments are invalid:
1) The extra "Blue in Green" is included, allegedly, because the producer didn't understand why Bill Evans failed to choose it. As far as I'm concerned, all that matters is that he didn't; Bill Evans is the artist; this is Bill Evans's choice to make.
2) The extra "Autumn Leaves" is included, allegedly, because the preferred take (which is the one incongruously listed as a "bonus track" here, oddly enough) was recorded in mono. Guess what? Stereo recording is not NECESSARILY an improvement over mono recording, not any more so than oil painting is necessarily an improvement over watercolor. Stereo and mono are merely different media: If a piece is intentionally and artfully recorded in mono, then it is worth hearing in mono.
If you feel nevertheless absolutely compelled to give us "bonus tracks", please put them all at the beginning of the CD. That way I can just punch on my remote the first track number after them and not have to fuss.