Bill Evans: Come Rain Or Come Shine
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Bill Evans (piano)
Portrait In Jazz (Riverside 30678)
Composed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer..
Recorded: New York, December 28, 1959
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
In many ways, Bill Evans’ version of “Come Rain Or Come Shine” is about abstraction and dissonance. The dissonances show up in the very first chords Evans plays, a set of tightly-voiced chords with minor seconds (the smallest interval on the keyboard) fighting each other all the way. The abstraction starts there too, as Evans plays a very fragmented and sometimes unrecognizable interpretation of the Arlen melody. Indeed, the first chorus is as much improvised as written, with Evans stretching the harmony further and further out, and only implying the melody as the chorus continues. In the second chorus, Evans starts out with single lines and then a minor second shows up at the end of a line. Whether or not it was a fingering mistake, it seems to have a life of its own, and Evans stabs away at it as if he were trying to exorcise a demon. He returns to the abstract single lines until the middle of the second chorus, when he returns to the melody. This time, the melody is clearer and a minor second that turns up is let to pass without incident. However, on the final chord, Evans fills with a tag comprised of minor seconds, effectively giving them the last word.
Reviewer: Thomas Cunniffe