Included here in its entirety in both its Stereo and Mono versions (the Mono version appears here on CD for the first time ever), Undercurrent was Bill Evans’ first duet collaboration with Jim Hall, with whom he had already recorded as a sideman on previous albums by John Lewis and Gunther Schuller.
In addition to the tracks from the original LP, this release contains all other known music recorded during the sessions, as well as three complete dates from Evans and Hall’s next collaborations (taped in a quintet format and featuring either Freddie Hubbard or Zoot Sims on the front line). The Hubbard sides were issued on Interplay (Riverside RM 445), whose contents are presented here in their entireties.
In the late 1950s, it was common for big labels to record performances simultaneously in Mono and Stereo, and then releases both versions at the same time, with different reference numbers. This was explained at the time by the fact that Stereo was still a very recent innovation, and not everyone had sound systems capable of reproducing the new technology. The Stereo albums, thus, were slightly more expensive than their Mono counterparts. Over time, the Mono versions were condemned to oblivion, and only recently some music fans have begun to value these long forgotten masters, which capture classic performances from a different aural point of view. On the present release, both versions of this masterpiece can be compared.
BILL EVANS, piano JIM HALL, guitar
01. My Funny Valentine 02. I Hear A Rhapsody 03. Dream Gypsy 04. Romain 05. Skating In Central Park 06. Darn That Dream 07. Stairway To The Stars 08. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You 09. My Funny Valentine 10. Romain 11. When You Wish Upon A Star 12. You Go To My Head 13. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams 14. You And The Night And The Music
01. My Funny Valentine 02. I Hear A Rhapsody 03. Dream Gypsy 04. Romain 05. Skating In Central Park 06. Darn That Dream 07. Interplay 08. I’ll Never Smile Again 09. Loose Bloose 10. Fudgesickle Built For Four 11. Time Remembered 12. Funkallero 13. I’ll Never Smile Again