Moods Unlimited: All The Things You Are
All The Things You Are
Moods Unlimited (King Record Japan KICJ 65)
Recorded: New York, October 1982
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
These sessions must have been a dream come true for the young Bill Evans (sax). He was only 24 at the time, and here he was performing with two jazz giants. The best fusion players, as Evans (sax) is, have always had strong musical foundations that allowed them to effectively play from the standard jazz repertoire. Evans is outstanding on "All The Things You Are." His intonation and phrasing are perfect. His improvising is full of nuance. Jones and Mitchell knew the kid was good. Why else would they agree to be part of a trio named Moods Unlimited with the youngster? Jones and Mitchell play off each other in the midsection. Their timing is impeccable. Who needs a drummer? Their wonderful interplay is a true delight. And the solos are no chopped liver either. If I was a betting man, I would say that although Bill Evans (sax) comes off as an equal on the recording, he went to school for a few days playing with these fellows.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky