Undercurrent (Bonus Tracks) CD (2002)

Artist: B Evans; J Hall

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Label Blue Note
SKU 60562466
UPC 724353822828
UPC 14 00724353822828
Format CD
Release Date 7/16/2002
Author B Evans; J Hall
Associated Artist/Work Carter, Ron
Associated Artist/Work Desmond, Paul
Associated Artist/Work Evans, Bill (Piano)
Associated Artist/Work Farmer, Art
Associated Artist/Work Giuffre, Jimmy
Associated Artist/Work Hawes, Hampton
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Rollins, Sonny
Associated Artist/Work Shearing, George
Technical Info
Engineer Bill Schwarton; Bill Schwartau
Producer Alan Douglas
CatalogID 5382282
Lable Name Blue Note (Label)
Released 07/16/2002
Original Release 1963
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 53s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724353822828
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Bill Evans (piano); Jim Hall (guitar).
Recorded at Soundmakers, New York, New York on April 24 and May 14, 1962. Originally released on United Artists (1500). Includes liner notes by David Rosenthal.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Bill Evans (piano); Jim Hall (guitar).
Audio Remixer: Ron McMaster.
Liner Note Author: David Rosenthal.
Recording information: Sound Makers, New York, NY (04/24/1962/05/14/1962).
Photographers: Frank Gauna; Charles Stewart .
Occasionally during UNDERCURRENT one expects the other shoe to drop: the growl of a bass entering in half time, wire brushes falling patiently into place on a sizzle cymbal. It never happens, and that's ultimately the allure of this duet record. The pleasure of these eight cuts (two of them previously unreleased, all of them recorded over two days in the spring of 1962 in New York) lies in the sense of overhearing a private conversation between two particularly thoughtful people.
The tunes are mostly standards, and they conjure a noirish, rainy-night aesthetic. There are a few exceptions, though--the blues come gleaming through on the limber "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" and the more reflective "Romain." The kickoff tune, "My Funny Valentine," is the set's cooker. Evans pecks out the melody, encouraged by Hall's deft counterlines. As Hall's solo gets under way Evans provides a pointillistic background that grows in intensity, urging on the guitarist, who replies with increasing heat before passing things off to Evans and getting into some spirited comping of his own.
Disc 1
1 My Funny Valentine
2 I Hear A Rhapsody
3 Dream Gypsy
4 Romain
5 Skating In Central Park
6 Darn That Dream
7 Stairway To The Stars
8 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
9 My Funny Valentine - (alternate take)
10 Romain - (alternate take)

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