Thursday, November 16, 2017

The 1 Hundred Bill Evans & Jim Hall - Undercurrent

Bill Evans & Jim Hall - Undercurrent (1961, UA, reissue 2017) // New Vinyl

As much as I love Miles Davis and John Coltrane, I often veer back to jazz that features the piano as the lead instrument... especially Thelonious Monk and especially especially Bill Evans. And though Undercurrent is not Evans on lead it is one of the loveliest in his discography. Evans duets with guitarist Jim Hall, the two give verve and vigor to such standards as "My Funny Valentine" and "I Hear a Rhapsody." Among the other tracks is "Dream Gypsy," a piece credited to a composer named Judith Veevers for whom very little biographical information is available... and this appears to be her only recorded composition. Its opening piano phrase is worth the price of the album alone.



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