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But Beautiful
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 March 2012
This is the second of two albums Evans & Getz recorded together, and infinitely superior to the earlier meeting in 1964. The live setting pulls the best out of both musicians, once Evans gets over his annoyance on having 'Stan's Blues' sprung unannounced upon him.

The slower/ballad numbers are things of real beauty, with the sax and piano carving out melody lines of gossamer wonder: 'Lover Man', 'Emily' and the title track are all enchanting. The more up-tempo pieces are equally successful, including a tribute for Bill's birthday from Stan. The final two tracks feature Bill's trio alone, and are equally electrifying. Superb sound, with the excitement crackling from the audience, but never intruding on the luscious chords, and delicate interplay. Lovely, sensitive rhythm section work. A true classic, which would complement the new Evans Riverside collection The Riverside Years (5CD box set) Simply beautiful music-making.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 23 April 2013
This 1995 release contains material from concerts in Laren, Belgium and Middleham, Holland in August 1974. The Laren concert was rehearsed as the Bill Evans trio to be followed by the introduction of Stan as a guest. After Stan launched into an unnanounced 'Stan's Blues', Evans stopped playing, no doubt miffed. Fortunately, the Holland concert a week later seemed to have resolved matters (Getz wishing Bill 'happy birthday'). Playing in front of an audience seemed to add an extra dimension both to the Evans trio's playing but also the formidable and beautiful playing of Stan. The ballads 'But Beautiful', 'Emily', 'Lover Man' and Jimmy Rowles's 'Peacocks' leave me bereft of words other than to describe them as exquisite.

Bill Evans is masterful whether in solo mode or backing Stan. His lyricism and melodic touches are, as expected, supreme whilst at the same time the strength and command of his playing are evident both in the quartet setting and in the more familiar two trio numbers from Laren featuring the prominent bowed bass of Eddie Gomez. He and drummer Marty Morrell are impeccable in their support allowing Stan to construct his solos with total freedom and confidence.

This album brings the best out of Bill Evans and Stan Getz and ranks very highly in terms of musicianship and enjoyment. The consistency of Getz's playing is up there with his best. Highly recommended.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
When I first heard the beginning of track 1 I thought "this is going to be rather bland', but very soon I realised I was listening to a master, soon to be joined by another master! Both are very inventive and there is an added edge provided by the falling out and then reconciliation of Bill and Stan. My saxophone teacher LOVES this CD. I love 'teaching' him!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2013
What can you say when two of the world's best jazz musicians get together and support each other (rather than compete). The tracks 'But Beautiful' and 'The Peacocks' alone are worth the price of the album.
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on 13 November 2014
I love both Stan Getz and Bill Evans and this is a great addition to any Jazz collection
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2015
Wonderful album. This is a must for all lovers of jazz. I will play this over and over and never tire of it. Fabulous.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2014
What a terrible cover! Honestly!
A Spinal tap-esque black cover would be an improvement against this - it just suggests that the music doesn't warrant any effort whatsoever. I think the quality of the cover and the live recording suggests an mp3 download might be the way to go with this one (can you delete the artwork from mp3 downloads)?
The music is okay (it's Evans and Getz after all) but it's not essential in either's body of work - they have both much better albums to offer (as you can tell from the cover).
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