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Few musicians seemed less likely to make an impact on the New York jazz scene in the late Fifties than Bill Evans(1929-80), whose introspective solos and delicate touch were far removed from what was commonly considered "hard bop." Yet Evans was indeed heard, and quickly became one of the most influential musicians on any instrument of the last 40 years.

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Product details

  • Audio CD (20 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner.Esp
  • ASIN: B000002KK0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Do It For Your Love 7:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sno' Peas 5:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. This Is All I Ask 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Days Of Wine And Roses 6:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. The Other Side Of Midnight (Noelle's Theme) 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Blue And Green 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Body & Soul 6:19£0.79  Buy MP3 

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By on 7 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you thought only the saxophone could match the human voice for depth of expression, think again! Harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans makes music you wouldn't have thought possible from that instrument, matched every step of the way by perhaps the greatest accompanist of them all, Bill Evans.
Of course Evans' own solos are enough to make an aspiring jazz pianist weep - where does he find those voicings and that touch? And why did we have to lose him so soon after this was released?
To hear these two masters at the absolute peak of their powers, just flick to the end of the CD and listen to their take on Body & Soul. Or start at track 1, knowing that the magic goes all the way to the final minutes of the CD.
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By Mr. Robin Magee on 16 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Not really thrilled with this album, although I do have many Bill Evans albums. Thought Toots Tiellmanns would play a larger part.Cannot really add any more
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Evans and Theilemans - inspirational 4 July 2004
By JayMusic - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Recorded in 1978 with the legendary jazz harmonica player and composer Toots Theilemans("Bluesette"), this album represents several "firsts" for Bill Evans. These are his first versions of Paul Simon's beautiful "I Do It For Your Love", and the standard "Days of Wine and Roses" (Not counting the "V.I.P Theme" muzak record)- -two tunes that stayed firmly in the trio's repertoire till the very end.
It is also the first Evans release to feature bassist extraordinaire Marc Johnson. This is an essential album -- and some of Evans' most inspired later-period playing. His use of the electric piano on some tracks blends beautifully with Toot's warm melodicism, egging Bill on to some stunning work as an accompanist and soloist -- and the two jazz masters are in rare form throughout. "Affinity" can also boast of one of the most fluid and creatively soulful recorded versions of the classic "Body and Soul" in all of jazz.
Theilemans later regarded the sessions for "Affinity" as his favorite!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Toot Thielemans At His Best 14 Feb 2002
By peter krampert - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Jazz harmonica master Jean "Toots" Thielemans has often cited this album as being his favorite performance. A quick listen will quickly reveal why Toots feels so strongly about this work.
Toots has been the undisputed grandmaster of Jazz harmonica since the 1950's, playing with just about everyone from Benny Goodman to stints with George Shearing, Quincy Jones and other reknowned Jazz giants. He pioneered Bee-Bop harmonica and can be heard on the soundtracks of movies from "The Pawnbroker" to "Midnight Cowboy" to "The Getaway" and more. He's recorded dozens of great albums as well as making guest appearances on hundreds of recordings.
Paired here with piano great Bill Evans, Toots plays with a mastery and sensitivity that I can only stand in awe of. Like a spring, notes pour out of Toots effortlessly, each hitting at exactly the right moment in the song. Technically, it is a masterpiece. Toots also shows the ability to know when to back off, letting the spaces speak for themselves. During those quiet moments he leaves you wanting to hear more. Every moment of this CD is a joy.
This recording is a monumental piece of Jazz and one the the greatest pieces of Jazz harmonica ever produced. I strongly recommend that you give this CD a whirl.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The perfect rainy-day jazz CD. 19 Jun 2000
By Miles D. Moore - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As the title suggests, Bill Evans and Toots Thielemans really do have an affinity for each other's work. Evans's piano and Thielemans's harmonica are mellow and meditative on this CD, capturing many lovely shades of blue. Whether performing an original like "Sno' Peas" or a cover of one of Paul Simon's more obscure songs, "I Do It For Your Love," Evans and Thielemans create the perfect aural backdrop for watching the rain from your living-room window, a good cup of Moka Java or glass of Merlot in hand.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Peaceful 15 Jun 2000
By Antoine P. MANENS - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In Affinity, Bill Evans quits the trio formula to incorporate Toots Thielemans on harmonica. Except for two tunes, this album is composed of ballads and in this sense, Affinity is comparable to many other albums of Bill Evans' end of life (e.g. You must believe in Spring). The mood is extremely melancholic, as if the pianist was aware of his future death, and Toots' harmonica will make you cry. It's a very nice recording that not only jazz fans will appreciate. Jazz fans may say that there is nothing revolutionary here, but is that a necessary condition?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Two master melodists 16 Jun 2006
By John Oconnor - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Bill Evans had fur tipped fingers. Somehow, his playing was always softer and more mellow and melodic than any other jazz pianists of his time. Add to that the master of melody that Toots was, and you have a beautiful CD. It's not all soft and sweet, though. Both musicians could swing, too, and they swing a bit on this CD, too. A really nice jazz CD, with some really fine jazz musicians.
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