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Bill Evans, Jim Hall – Undercurrent (Pure Pleasure)

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Ships from: Melbourne


"Undercurrent" is the first of two outstanding albums recorded during two sessions by Bill Evans and guitarist Jim Hall in April and May 1962. Piano and guitar-only arrangements are rare in jazz and even rarer is the result as inspiring and musically rewarding as in this case. Usually intuitive musical relationships develop over a period of several years, but here are two musicians who clearly understand each other from the beginning.

Both are in top form on this LP - Bill Evans was electrified in the early and mid 1960s; after the tragic death of his previous musical partner, virtuoso bassist Scott Le Faro, at the age of only 23, he was looking for a new direction. Jim Hall is a guitarist of enormous talent and great technique, with a highly developed sense of rhythm and harmony that radiate from this album. The most special thing about this recording is an almost telepathic anticipation of where the music is going - both musicians contribute equally, there is a constant exchange of ideas, each reacting to the other with obvious ease, no matter what mood.

This is a brilliant jazz album of great depth and impressive atmosphere and both players show extraordinary inventiveness. Very recommendable!


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Release details

Label: Pure Pleasure Records
Format: LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo
Units: 1
Country: UK
Released: 2012
Genre: Jazz
Style: Cool Jazz


A1 My Funny Valentine
A2 I Hear A Rhapsody
A3 Dream Gypsy
B1 Romain
B2 Skating In Central Park
B3 Darn That Dream