Bill Evans & Jim Hall: My Funny Valentine


My Funny Valentine


Bill Evans (piano) and Jim Hall (guitar)


Undercurrent (Blue Note 38228)

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Bill Evans (piano), Jim Hall (guitar).

Recorded: New York, May 14, 1962


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Bill Evans and Jim Hall set the standard for duo playing with the release of Undercurrent. More than four decades later, their understated masterpiece continues to astound with its unadorned beauty. In contrast to the ballads that follow, “My Funny Valentine” is taken at a surprisingly brisk tempo and features some of the most exciting playing on the disc. Evans states the melody before providing a syncopated pulse for Hall’s snaking lines. The guitarist reciprocates by strumming infectiously swinging rhythms behind Evans, whose palpable effervescence is carried over into Hall’s buoyant restatement of the melody.

Reviewer: Matt Miller

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