Bill Evans (sax): Sea of Fertility
Sea of Fertility
Bill Evans (sax)
The Gambler – Bill Evans Live at Blue Note Tokyo 2 (Jazz City Pony Canyon PCCY -00201)
Victor Bailey (bass), Richie Morales (drums).
Composed by Mitchel Forman.
Recorded: live in Tokyo, Japan, September 1990
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Let's get something out of the way right from the start. This is a Bill Evans (sax) album. He is a great composer and player. But I am a sucker for any tune that begins with the piano of Mitchel Forman. The other musicians would have to try and ruin it for me to start marking down. There are no such fears here. In fact, I am triply protected because Forman also composed "Sea of Fertility" and the other musicians are known for always advancing the ball.
"The Sea of Fertility" is a glorious breeding environment for this affecting melody and the ideas that swim around it. The opening theme is an ear-opening dispensation of disparate sounds that come together to form a unique school. The song's undertow soon evolves into a semi-aggressive fusion anthem with Evans (sax) blowing up a storm of bubbles. Bailey's bass is high in the mix, giving the tune some of the ballast that may otherwise have been provided by low-register guitar chords. Morales kicks it. Forman follows an expansive Evans (sax) solo with one of his typically brilliant turns before the band comes up gasping for air just in time.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky