Stan Getz & Bill Evans: Night and Day


Night and Day


Stan Getz (tenor sax) and Bill Evans (piano)


Stan Getz & Bill Evans (Verve 8833)

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Stan Getz (tenor sax), Bill Evans (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: New York, May 6, 1964


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

The inclusion of Elvin Jones on this recording may seem odd, and though it has some stimulating moments, it is certainly not a perfect fit. The execution of the arrangement—extended solo breaks and alternating Latin and swing grooves—is far from flawless. Evans, used to subtler drummers, has difficulty comping with Jones and their playing is at times discordant. However, this sloppiness is partly due to experimentation outside of musical comfort zones, and that alone is intriguing and makes the successes more enjoyable. Getz relishes in Jones’s presence. His playing is more pressing than normal, rhythmically animated, and altogether edgier. An interesting experiment in small group jazz.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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