Clearly these two gentlemen, individually, are legends. How marvellous, then, that they end up collaborating, creating here one of greatest collection of jazz ballads I know.
Evans' piano is perfect. The playful melodic simplicity of some passages is often punctuated with wonderful, but subtle, harmonic twists which are never too challenging to upset the whole flow, but make your soul scream, "yeah!"; classic Bill Evans stuff. The tastefully measured amount of soloing is so musical you sometimes completely forget he's making some of it up as he goes along.
For Bennett, it seems, this is his finest hour. Working with one of the world’s greatest pianists must be unnerving, but when he’s the only other guy on the record, even more so! However, he rises to the challenge and delivers the most natural, heart-shattering, paralysing and emotionally moving performances. His voice is arguably at its best here than at anytime in his career. He matches Evans for his careful use of musical devices. Indeed, the two musicians seem to approach the project in the same way. You end up with one of the most sublime recordings in vocal jazz.
My personal favourites on this album are "Young and Foolish" and "Some Other Time"... the way he conveys the sadness in the latter is something quite special - I defy you to find better treatment.
There is something here for the hardcore jazz fan and the old romantic alike. So, put this on a good hi-fi, sit back, relax and lose yourself completely.
Quite simply, it really doesn’t get better than this.