Stan Getz & Bill Evans: Night and Day
Night and Day
Stan Getz & Bill Evans (Verve 8833)
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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