Bill Evans with Jeremy Steig – What’s New {Verve} “Japan”


Review by “Andrew (Denver, Colorado)” (amazon.com)

Bill Evans did not record too many collaborations with other artists outside of his own trios, probably because few could hold their own in the presence of his intensely emotional improvisations. Well known are his fine recordings with Jim Hall and the album he made with Toots Tiellemans – Affinity.
Far less so is this session with Jeremy Steig, son of the more famous cartoonist William Steig. Jeremy’s main efforts were in the Jazz Fusion field which was in vogue in the late sixties and early seventies. This recording attests to his astonishing ability in the straight ahead jazz genre. More importantly, the level of his emotional expression at least puts him in Evan’s musical ball park, and Evans,in turn, seems to be inspired by Steig’s breathy and adventurous solos.
The original album was tough to find, so this reissue is very welcome, particularly with so few jazz flautists currently active. Highly recommended.

Tracks:
01 – Straight No Chaser
02 – Lover Man
03 – What’s New
04 – Autumn Leaves
05 – Time Out for Chris
06 – Spartacus Love Theme
07 – So What

Personnel:
Jeremy Steig – flute
Bill Evans – piano
Eddie Gomez – bass
Marty Morrell – drums

Recorded at Webster Hall, N.Y.C., on Jan. 30, Feb. 3, 4, 5 and March 11, 1969

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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