Bill Evans (sax): Arthur Ave.
Bill Evans (sax)
Summertime (Jazz City Bellaphon 660-53-018)
Composed by Bill Evans.
Recorded: New York, February 1989
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
It is virtually impossible to hear any 1980s Bill Evans (sax) jazz or fusion cut and not find something worth your while. Evans can play a blues groove, a funk-out, a loud and obnoxious fusion anthem or a quiet and touching jazz lullaby. He can write all those things, too. And sometimes for the same tune!
"Arthur Ave." presents the kinder and gentler Evans. The tune is a dulcet ballad. After a short fluid sax intro, Evans and Chuck Loeb, on acoustic guitar, present the melody in unison. Pianist Gil Goldstein eventually gets into the act. Drummer Danny Gottlieb adds a backbeat to Goldstein's and Loeb's chords as Evans squeezes out high-register notes that sometimes flutter and sometimes seem to last forever. You cannot play with more feeling than this. Loeb offers an impressive blues-tinged solo that leads into a reprise of the opening melody. "Arthur Ave." is a wistful but hopeful number. You can throw this into a bucket with all of Evans's jazz or fusion performances, then blindly reach in and grab it, or another tune, and never be disappointed.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky