Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Bill Evans, Jim Hall|
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Duet albums were rare in 1962 and encounters of this quality are still rare. Bill Evans and Jim Hall, two modern jazz giants, were in peak creative form at the time, Evans leading his own trio and Hall working with Sonny R... more »
Duet albums were rare in 1962 and encounters of this quality are still rare. Bill Evans and Jim Hall, two modern jazz giants, were in peak creative form at the time, Evans leading his own trio and Hall working with Sonny Rollins's quartet at the time. These two masters challenge and complement each other brilliantly on a series of standards and jazz originals. Newly remixed and remastered in 24 bit, this new edition of Undercurrent, which contains two more tunes (tracks 7 & 8) and two alternate takes (tracks 9 & 10) added to the original United Artists album, sound exceptional.
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A Minstrel in the Gallery | Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA | 03/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This record is, in my humble opinion, one of the most intriguing but overlooked albums in jazz history. The cd begins with a never-before released version of My Funny Valentine, which is a real gem, and makes me wonder why it was not favored over the version included on the original album. Evans and Hall shared a marvelous sense of throughfulness and lyricism in their playing which is captured on every track. This cd will bring you countless hours of relaxation, enjoyment, and reflection after a long stressful day at work, or on a cold winter's eve. If you are looking to add to your jazz collection or just looking for some beautiful and introspective music, do not pass over this cd!"
Great musical minds at play
K. Swanson | Austin, TX United States | 09/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
Evans is stellar as most always, and Hall steps up to the plate and plays as well as he ever did on record.
The version of Valentine that opens the disc swings hard, with some surprisingly funky comping from Jim during Bill's wonderfully over the top solo. Hall tries to ease him back into the head afterwards, but Evans just keeps on cruising, quietly pushing the beat while the guitar pulls back on it. The resultant sound is unusual and a cool end to a wild ride.
The rest of the (sadly) short album is five ballads, with nary a boring moment to be found. This is perfect bathtub music (just ask the gal on the cover), and will send your mind to some lovely places.
I have not yet heard the reissue with the extra tracks, and am looking forward to it. I have the Japanese remaster, and it sounds just fine, very clear and warm (got it from the used list here on amazon, and imagine my surprise when I got a 25 dollar import for four dollars, in perfect unplayed shape. It pays to look around...).
Undercurrent makes a perfect companion to Evans and Hall's other recording, Intermodulation; they both fit on one cd and create a lush ambience."