Bill Evans (with Zoot Sims): Funkallero

Track

Funkallero

Artist

Bill Evans (piano)

CD

The Interplay Sessions (Riverside 5712)

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Musicians:

Bill Evans (piano), Zoot Sims (tenor sax), Jim Hall (guitar), Ron Carter (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Composed by Bill Evans

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Recorded: New York, August 21, 1962

Albumcoverbillevanstheinterplaysessions

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

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