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5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in creating atmosphere, 24 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Waltz for Debby (Audio CD)
I got this album for 5 pounds in FOPP - before you shell out £26!

So there are 4 instruments on this album - the piano, a double bass, a drum kit, and the audience participation - applause, drinks clinking, chat etc. I'm always surprised that there was so much talking going on, while they played, as I'm constantly mesmerised by the skill and creativity of the trio. But of course, this is a New York jazz club! Surely the guys are showing off to the girls, and using the music as the most wonderful backdrop.

The songs are all relatively slow, with a slight tinge of melancholy. There are 2 takes each of Waltz for Debby, Detour Ahead, My Romance, not a problem as each version goes off in a different direction, with bass and piano exchanging solos in a very "off the cuff" way. The intricacy of the dove-tailing between the players is extraordinary, surely communication has reached a new level between these three, it is more telepathy than anything else...

This is such an evocative album. I always imagine myself in a New York taxicab, under the streetlights and a fine misty rain. Or another image is a lit stage, with the audience enjoying drinks at round tables in darkness... Bill Evans sort of bent over his piano, like an old gardener tending a beautiful flower, and extracting such pleasing cadences and thrilling melodic lines, all underscored by high-hat rhythms and bass licks... For me, it is the way the playing is so excellent, but this excellence is put to the service of creating a mood and emotion, without any showboating, that makes this album something I return to very regularly.

The wonderful version of the Gershwin song "I Loves You, Porgy" rounds off the set.
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