The Jimmy Giuffre Trio in 1957 included bassist Ralph Pena and guitarist Jim Hall. The leader’s distinctive clarinet and tenor style gave the group its trademark cerebral sound, a sort of ascetic chamber jazz. Photo by William Claxton
Other than four piano solos from April 4, 1962, Undercurrent was pianist Bill Evans’ first recordings after friend and bassist Scott LaFaro’s tragic death in a car accident. It is one of many fruitful collaborations between Evans and the great Jim Hall.
There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive; if you join them, you and your entire family will be shunned. At best, you will exist a pariah to be spat at and beaten-at worst, to be lynched or crucified. And for what? For what? No matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.
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December 21, 1967. Ray Manzarek and Dorothy Fujikawa are married at the Los Angeles courthouse with Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson serving as witnesses. In Ray’s words, “We had such fun on that winter solstice day in 1967. A silly, brief ceremony at City Hall, and then off to Olvera Street - the old Mexican center of LA - for margaritas and enchiladas at La Golondrina Cafe. It’s still there. Visit it when you’re in LA. And toast the four of us as we laughed and celebrated life and love.”
Those fond of Bill Evans and Jim Hall’s work together on LPs like Undercurrent and Intermodulation will find much to like here. This recording was shelved for 20 years because Evans was dissatisfied with the performance of these often complicated tunes. This is also Evans’ only known recording with Zoot Sims, which seems a shame given their interplay here.