Undercurrent [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Undercurrent has long been considered one of the classic piano/guitar duo sessions, pairing Bill Evans with Jim Hall. These studio dates were a jump start for Evans' career, which he had placed on hold after the unexpected death of his bassist, Scott LaFaro, a few days following their historic Village Vanguard recordings were made. First reissued on CD in 1988, this 2002 edition features the same music, but remixed with gorgeous 24-bit sound and the songs re-sequenced into their original LP configuration, with the alternate takes and initially unissued tracks following them. An added bonus is the removal of the graphics from the striking cover photo, as well as the inclusion...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Undercurrent has long been considered one of the classic piano/guitar duo sessions, pairing Bill Evans with Jim Hall. These studio dates were a jump start for Evans' career, which he had placed on hold after the unexpected death of his bassist, Scott LaFaro, a few days following their historic Village Vanguard recordings were made. First reissued on CD in 1988, this 2002 edition features the same music, but remixed with gorgeous 24-bit sound and the songs re-sequenced into their original LP configuration, with the alternate takes and initially unissued tracks following them. An added bonus is the removal of the graphics from the striking cover photo, as well as the inclusion of a photo of Evans and Hall taken at one of the two sessions. The seamless way they swap between lead and supporting roles throughout gems such as the waltz-time "Skating in Central Park" adds to the overall appeal of the disc. Though the master take of "My Funny Valentine" has a smoother introduction, the alternate has more intriguing interplay between the two men. The other selections are every bit as masterful. Although Evans and Hall would later do a follow-up duo session for Verve, this memorable CD is the one to acquire first.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/2002
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353822828
  • Catalog Number: 38228
  • Sales rank: 35,327

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Hall Primary Artist, Guitar, Track Performer
Bill Evans Piano
Technical Credits
Alan Douglas Producer
Ron McMaster Remixing, Mastering
David Rosenthal Liner Notes
Bill Schwartan Engineer
Bill Schwartau Engineer
Barry Titus Original Liner Notes
Tony Stewart Cover Photo
Gordon H. Jee Reissue Design
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