Friday, May 8, 2015

Jim Hall & Bill Evans - Undercurrent [1962]

Other than four piano solos from April 4, 1962, this set was pianist Bill Evans' first recordings after a hiatus caused by bassist Scott LaFaro's tragic death in a car accident. The first of two meetings on record in a duo format with guitarist Jim Hall, the collaborations are often exquisite. Both Evans and Hall had introspective and harmonically advanced styles along with roots in hard-swinging bebop. The six selections on the original LP have been expanded to ten for this CD reissue with the inclusion of two alternate takes and previously unheard versions of "Stairway to the Stars" and "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You." There is more variety than expected on the fine set with some cookers, ballads, waltzes, and even some hints at classical music. Recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Bill Evans 
Jim Hall


1 My Funny Valentine (Hart, Rodgers)  6:52
2 I Hear a Rhapsody (Baker, Fragos, Gasparre)  4:35
3 Dream Gypsy (Veevers)  4:30
4 Romain (Hall)  5:18
5 Skating in Central Park (Lewis)  5:17
6 Darn That Dream (DeLange, VanHeusen)  5:05
7 Stairway to the Stars (Malneck, Parish, Signorelli)  6:35
8 I'm Getting Sentimental over You (Bassman, Washington)  4:13
9 My Funny Valentine [alt. take] (Hart, Rodgers)  5:19
10 Romain [alt. take] (Hall)  5:22


Jim Hall - g
Bill Evans - p

Recorded at Sound Makers, New York City ; April 24 [# 2, 7 & 8] & May 14 [all others], 1962


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fcapeau said...

A pure Gem, with two Giants ! carpe Diem, listen to this music ....

musician3 said...

Magnificent.........Thank You

Ананасий Непитин said...

great album of two giants.
i always wondered the impeccable taste of Blue Note and its sonic perfection of records, but this album originated from UA.
and how could it appened, that "Stairway to Stars" was cut from the original release... no answer.

AmyBRAINS said...
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AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

steve said...

Looks great Mel! Many Thanks.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

Descargador said...

Muchas Gracias!!!

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

bemelman said...

Thank you Mel!

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