180 Gram Vinyl! Re-mastering by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios! Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
This is the first of two superb albums recorded by Bill Evans, and guitarist Jim
Hall, and it was recorded over two sessions in April and May 1962. Arrangements
simply for piano and guitar are rare in Jazz, and it is even more seldom that
the results are truly inspiring and as musically worthwhile as in this case. It
is usual for intuitive musical relationships to develop over a number of years,
but here we find two musicians who clearly shared an immediate understanding.
Both men are on absolute top form here - Bill Evans was on fire throughout the
early and mid sixties, and after the tragic death of his previous musical
partner, virtuoso bass player Scott Le Faro (at the age of 23), he was searching
for new directions. Jim Hall is a guitarist of tremendous skill and powerful
technique, with a highly developed rhythmic and harmonic sense that shines
through on this album. What is so special about the performances here is an
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.
This is a brilliant jazz album, of great depth and tremendous atmosphere, and
both players express some exceptional ideas.
Recorded at Sound Makers, NYC, May 14, 1962
"Each player is thoroughly equal in this endeavor, and their ideas and exchanges are something to hear. Having the clean and quiet vinyl background and the rich sound of each instrument aids a lot in appreciating the six shared creations of these two master jazzmen." - John Henry, www.audaud.com, 5/5 Stars!
• 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Limited Edition
• Re-mastering by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios
• Gatefold Jacket
Bill Evans, piano
Jim Hall, guitar
1. My Funny Valentine
2. I Hear A Rhapsody
3. Dream Gypsy
5. Skating In Central Park
6. Darn That Dream