Bill Evans And Jim Hall Undercurrent on 180g Import LP
Undercurrent is the first of two superb albums recorded by Bill Evans and guitarist Jim Hall in the duo format over two sessions in April and May of 1962. Arrangements simply for piano and guitar are rare in jazz, and it's even more seldom that the results are truly inspiring and as musically worthwhile as is the case here. Intuitive musical relationships frequently develop over a number of years, but Undercurrent displays the fruits of two musicians who clearly shared an almost immediate understanding.
Both men are also in absolute top form here. Bill Evans was on fire throughout the early and mid-'60s, and after the tragic death of his previous musical partner, virtuoso bass player Scott Le Faro, he was searching for new directions. Enter Jim Hall who is not only a guitarist of tremendous skill and powerful technique, but also a musician with a highly developed rhythmic and harmonic sense that is truly unparalleled.
What is so special about the performances on Undercurrent, however, is the almost telepathic anticipation of where the music is heading, both musicians contribute equally, and there is a constant exchange of ideas, each reacting to the other with apparent ease, whatever the mood. All in all, Undercurrent is a brilliant jazz offering of great depth and tremendous atmosphere from two of the genre's best! 180g vinyl pressing from Pure Pleasure.
Bill Evans And Jim Hall Undercurrent Track Listing:
1. My Funny Valentine
2. I Hear A Rhapsody
3. Dream Gypsy
5. Skating In Central Park
6. Darn That Dream