Bill Evans (sax): Chatterton Falls
Bill Evans (sax)
Summertime (Bellaphon 660-53-018)
Bill Evans (sax),
Gil Goldstein (piano), Chuck Loeb (guitar), Marc Johnson (bass), Danny Gottlieb (drums).
Composed by Bill Evans (sax).
Recorded: New York, February 1989
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The 1980s was an exciting, creative and busy period for jazz fusion star Bill Evans (sax). He had high- profile gigs with Miles Davis, John McLaughlin. By about mid-decade he started putting out his own very well-received albums, including two 1989 releases.
Evans is a lover of water in nature. References to it, and fishing, fill his discography. I assume "Chatterton Falls" is named after the site in Canada. It is an unusual waterfall in that it is not the traditional high falls one associates with a tourist attraction. Instead it appears in steps over a long area. You must walk its length to get the entire picture. Its power builds over a distance. This song is like that too. The strums of Chuck Loeb's acoustic guitar symbolize the calm waters just before Evans's sax takes us down the first drops. He is a wonderful player who squeezes every last drip of meaning from his compositions. There are no dramatic falloffs or treacherous twists or turns. Like the falls, the beautiful power builds steadily over time. Bassist Marc Johnson takes advantage of the scenery to present a flowing solo. Drummer Gottlieb is responsible for the current. Pianist Gil Goldstein adds rippling flourishes. Evans's bands in those days were comprised of some of the best jazz-rock players available. They were quite capable of going from Niagara Falls hydroelectric fusion power to "Chatterton Falls" paddlewheel acoustic power without crashing their boat.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky