Bill Evans & Jim Hall Undercurrent Numbered Limited Edition LP
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Introspective, Almost-Hallucinogenic 1962 Album a Pinnacle for Both Jazz
Guitarist Hall Aids Pianist Evans in Rebounding from Tragedy
Diverse Set Encompasses Ballads, Waltzes, Hard-Swinging Bop
Divine Sonics: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s World-Renowned Mastering System
Bill Evans catapulted to the top of the jazz world in June 1961 after reeling
off three straight masterpiece sessions at New York’s Village Vanguard with his
trio. Yet the emotional highs came to a screeching halt shortly thereafter when
bassist Scott LaFaro died in a car accident. Devastated, Evans refrained from
playing for nearly a year. If not for an inspirational collaboration of
tremendous creative outpouring, one wonders what fate may have befallen Evans.
Undercurrent, the outcome of two studio sessions with guitarist Jim Hall, is
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI,
this Silver Label LP edition bursts forth with brilliant textures, you-are-there
realism, and extraordinary tonalities. No other version outside of this analog
copy brings you face-to-face with these two jazz giants’ sonic communion, a kind
of spiritual musical summit on which Evans’ deft keyboard touches and Hall’s
reliably subtle phrasings seamlessly mesh and wonderfully dance, the
compositions streaked with natural instrumental decay, full-frequency
extensions, and poignant emotionalism that, on this LP, you can feel.
While Evans managed to sit down for a few one-off takes between LaFaro’s passing
and these April-May 1962 dates, he largely remained on hiatus and abstained from
recording. Whether it owes to the intimate pairing, he and Hall’s brotherly
chemistry, or the exquisite selection of program material, the results
consistently come across as the equivalent of a private meditation—such is the
level of introspective depth and quietly shaded interplay throughout. For Evans,
the duet clearly functions as therapy, a healing episode in which his partner
patiently lays back, shadowing moves and suggesting others, neither musician
interested in the spotlight but each striving for (and achieving) transcendent
In tackling standards such as Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine” and the
Broadway classic “Darn That Dream,” as well as the Hall original “Romain,” the
pair traverses complex harmonies with the astute elegance of a figure skater. At
times, Evans and Hall go for broke on a hard-swinging romps, yet it’s their
implied melancholy and drifting, softly struck melodic refrains on waltzes and
ballads that bestows Undercurrent with a nuanced romanticism and whispered
atmosphere befitting the record’s title.
Indeed, even the album’s cover—an iconic photograph by Toni Frissell—exhibits
the surreal, almost-hallucinogenic properties of the fare contained within.
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Series features an eclectic mix of recordings. This series is mastered and cut
on the famous Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de Paravacini-designed
mastering system. Vinyl is pressed at RTI on audiophile-grade standard vinyl and
are numbered limited-editions. Future releases will continue to stretch
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• Numbered, Limited Edition
• MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series
• Mastered and Cut on the famous MoFi Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de
Paravacini-designed mastering system
• Pressed at RTI on Audiophile-Grade Standard Vinyl
1. My Funny Valentine
2. I Hear A Rhapsody
3. Dream Gypsy
5. Skating In Central Park
6. Darn That Dream