Bill Evans (with Zoot Sims): Funkallero
Bill Evans (piano)
The Interplay Sessions (Riverside 5712)
Composed by Bill Evans.
Recorded: New York, August 21, 1962
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
This tune always brought out a different side of Bill Evans. Even Evans seemed to realize it. He would pull out "Funkallero" when he needed a gritty jam-session tune, suitable for horn players. He took pride in how tenorist Zoot Sims was inspired by these changes on this version, and Evans relied on "Funkallero" on several occasions when the pianist joined forces with Stan Getz. Sims's solo is masterful, but Evans follows in a driving, hard-bop groove that may surprise you. If you think that Bill Evans was only worth hearing on dreamy ballads, check out this track.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia