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Undercurrent [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Bill Evans, Jim Hall Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Blue Note / EMI
  • ASIN: B0000691U0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. My Funny ValentineBill Evans And Jim Hall 5:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Hear A Rhapsody (Digitally Remastered)Bill Evans 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dream Gypsy (Digitally Remastered)Bill Evans 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Romain (Digitally Remastered)Bill Evans 5:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Skating In Central Park (Digitally Remastered)Bill Evans 5:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Darn That Dream (Digitally Remastered)Bill Evans 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Stairway To The Stars (1988 - Remaster)Bill Evans 5:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You (1988 - Remaster)Bill Evans 4:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. My Funny Valentine (Alternate Take)Bill Evans 6:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Romaine (Alternate Take) (1988 - Remaster)Bill Evans 5:240.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

This is the first collaboration album of Jim Hall (Guitar) and Bill Evans (Piano) and is a 'must have' for all jazz fans. Originally recorded in 1962 this album features some of the finest playing by both artists as well as offering two alternate takes th

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspired Duo 26 Jan 2003
By MikeG
Format:Audio CD
The partnership of Evans and Hall as an unaccompanied duo was an inspired one which produced two albums - this first one and the follow-up, Intermodulation. The two artists had much in common. For example, both were concerned to produce music which had beauty, and even refinement, of sound with no lack of musical substance. Both liked to play quietly, with an emphasis on subtlety and understatement, although they could also 'swing' infectiously at almost any tempo. Both also had years of experience as sidemen or accompanists in other people's groups and this made them particularly sensitive listeners, able to respond to and interact creatively with other soloists.

You can hear that kind of sensitivity and subtle interplay throughout this album, most obviously on the slower pieces but also on the fastest track, the original take of 'My Funny Valentine'. Listen especially to the way in which Hall's guitar fills in behind Evans's statement of the theme and then provides a driving rhythm under the pianist's improvisation.

My favourite track is Hall's 'Romain', a moody, rather sombre theme which inspires the most intense and emotive playing on the album. It has some particularly haunting interplay between the players and displays the 'singing' qualities they could draw out of their instruments, especially at the magical point where Hall's solo leads into Evans's. It's good to have the bonus of an alternate take of this number on the CD edition.

Undercurrent was always a rather special album; but it is superior as a CD, first because of its enhanced sound quality and the quiet background which this intimate, concentrated music needs, secondly because the bonus tracks on the CD provide the 'added value' of quality as well as quantity.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first of two superb albums recorded by legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans, and one of my favorite jazz guitarists 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. Highly recommended, and if this is your first experience of either of these incredible musicians, be warned! - It won't be your last. Do yourself a big favour and buy it today.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this record 41 years ago, at Oliver's Record Store, Ashington, Northumberland. I was 16 and I'd gone for a Presley, which wasn't in stock, so as I liked the Undercurrent cover and as my paper-round money was buring a hole in my pocket, this became the first jazz I ever bought. And, sentiment aside, hundreds of jazz records/CDs later, putting on Evans/Hall's version of 'Funny Valentine'still gives just about the best lift, music-wise, a soul could wish for. It's not at all romantic, but a breathless, hammered chase between the piano and the guitar and believe me you'll have this imprinted on your mind as the definitive version, above all others, after a couple of plays.
The other tracks are melodic, dreamy, late night smooch stuff - and none the worse for that ... but valentine's the adrenaline kick and the one you'll return to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I Hear A Rhapsody" 21 Sep 2007
By Mr. B. A. D. Plowman VINE VOICE
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At the time of writing, my knowledge of jazz is sporadic at best. I am slowly building up my jazz collection, which includes classics from Coltrane, Miles Davis, Mingus, Adderley and others. I think I can safely say, though, that UNDERCURRENT is the current "hot ticket" out of all my jazz discs.

The execution of these tunes couldn't be more minimal - just Evans' piano and Hall's guitar vibing off each other. The results could not be more perfect. Hall picks away effortlessly at his strings, making the guitar murmur softly one moment then chug away rhythmically the next. Evans' piano is lyrical and sublime - I've never heard such charismatic ivory tickling! I was chilling to this disc the other day, nodding my head to this oh-so-natural music and wishing I had half of Evans' talent.

My favourite pieces at the moment are Evans' own composition "Romain", which is an extraordinarily melancholy piece of NY bedsit music. I also love "Skating In Central Park" which sways along with gently caressed piano chords and a delightfully subdued guitar lead. This album never misses a beat though, to be honest. Even though it only features two instruments for the whole duration, it never ever becomes one-dimensional or repetetive. There's always a surprise round the corner!

This music is perfect to unwind to after a tough day. It is perfect to have on in the kitchen while cookin' up a feast. It is perfect to listen to in the company of a loved one. It is perfect to foot-tap to while supping on glass of scotch.

Did I mention that it's perfect?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
A totally brilliant album. Sublime playing and musicality. I don't really know what to add, except to say, if you like jazz, and don't have this album, then buy it! Buy it! Read more
Published 12 days ago by STEPHEN W
5.0 out of 5 stars Serenity!
A classic!
Play and reflect as the beauty and spatial arrangements of the musical notes transport you to nirvana.
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Published 2 months ago by TN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listening of a bygone era -Bill Evans was in a league of his...
Brings back memories of a fantastic jazz pianist. The timing, improvisation and smooth jazz this man played are immortalised on this CD.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. S. R. BARDEN-BRACE
5.0 out of 5 stars glad to have this
Beautiful, wonderful. I love Bill Evans and this is a great album. I will never tire of listening to it . I am so pleased to have it in my collection.
Published 11 months ago by P Knitty
4.0 out of 5 stars MELLOW JAZZ
BILL EVANS AND JIM HALL FIT TOGETHER LIKE A GLOVE THIS IS COOL LATE NIGHT MUSIC
GREAT IMPROVISING. LOVED THEIR TAKE ON MY FUNNY VALENTINE
Published on 27 May 2011 by Mr. Aa James
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Album
This is an excellent album which I have added to my Bill Evans collection. Album was as described and delivery was prompt.
Published on 1 April 2011 by pjl
5.0 out of 5 stars Archetypal Evans...
It gets all the stars because is is a great modern jazz album performed as only the late, lamented Mr Evans could arrange and do. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2011 by Mr. J. H. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars unmissable
I bought the original album many years ago and it has always been one of my favourites. If you enjoy listening to gentle tuneful jazz this is the one for you. It is awsome! JR.
Published on 12 July 2010 by John S. Roff
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, sensitive rendering of some beautiful tunes
This is the first of two superb albums recorded by legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans, and one of my favorite jazz guitarists Jim Hall, and it was recorded over two sessions in... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2007 by Mr. Dominic L. Brown
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