Bill Evans – Affinity (with Toots Thielemans) {WarnerBros}

Review by Scott Yanow (

Pianist Bill Evans (who doubles on electric piano on this album for the final time in the recording studio) welcomes guest harmonica player Toots Thielemans and Larry Schneider (on tenor, soprano and alto flute) to an outing with bassist Marc Johnson (making his recording debut with Evans) and drummer Eliot Zigmund. The material contains some surprises (including Paul Simon’s “I Do It for Your Love” and Michel Legrand’s “The Other Side of Tonight”) and only two jazz standards (“Body & Soul” and “Blue and Green”) with the latter being the only Evans composition. Excellent if not essential music that Evans generally uplifts.

01 – I Do It for Your Love
02 – Sno’ Peas
03 – This is All I Ask
04 – The Days of Wine and Roses
05 – Jesus’ Last Ballad
06 – Tomato Kiss
07 – The Other Side of Midnight (Noelle’s Theme)
08 – Blue and Green
09 – Body & Soul

Bill Evans – acoustic and electric piano
Toots Thielemans – harmonica
Marc Johnson – acoustic bass
Eliot zigmund – drums
Larry Schneider – tenor and soprano sax; alto flute

Recorded at Columbia Studios, 30th Street, NYC;
October 30&31; November 1&2, 1978.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork