Stan Getz & Bill Evans: Funkallero
Stan Getz & Bill Evans (Verve-833 802-2)
Composed by Bill Evans.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 16, 1964
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
In this rare studio encounter between two of the era's most lyrical and romantic improvisers, we find an uncharacteristically aggressive Stan Getz. Perhaps the infectious restlessness of the rhythm section of bassist Ron Carter and the energetic Elvin Jones on drums is the accelerant that lights Getz's fire. Evans is less introspective than usual, but defers to the powerhouse performances of Jones and Getz, who spur each other on to new heights of excitement. While Evans may have been a bit uncomfortable with the seemingly inexhaustible energy of the dynamic Jones, the pianist's tune makes a perfect vehicle for Jones and Getz to strut their stuff. In particular, Jones's solo in the song's waning minute is pure napalm. And certainly the drummer stirred something in Getz's soul. The scorching inventiveness from Getz's steroidal infused saxophone, elevated to a new level of spontaneity and drive, is what makes the session so special. This piece is like gasoline in a can on a hot summer day – incendiary.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello