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Bill Evans & Jim Hall Undercurrent LP Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Numbered Limited Edition Vinyl MFSL USA

Bill Evans & Jim Hall Undercurrent LP Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Numbered Limited Edition Vinyl MFSL USA Maximize
Artist: Bill Evans & Jim Hall
Title: Undercurrent
Catalog Number: MOFI 1-031
Label: Blue Note
Reissued by: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Original release year: 1962
Reissue year: 2014
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 140gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Numbered Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 435gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: November 4, 2014
Collection: MFSL Silver Label Series
Note: Never eligible for any further discounts
Vinyl Gourmet Club: No


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A wonderful, introspective, hypnotic session where true musical magic was made. Bill Evans and Jim Hall were a match made in heaven, both with complex and advanced music styles, and it was the perfect setting for Bill Evans return on one of his first recordings after the premature death of Scott LaFaro. Numbered Limited Edition remastered at MoFi and pressed at RTI.



  • Numbered Limited Edition
  • Mastered by Krieg Wunderlich
  • MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series
  • Mastered on the MFSL Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
  • MFSL Mastering chain designed by Tim de Paravicini
  • Pressed at RTI on Audiophile Grade Vinyl



1/4" / 15 IPS Dolby A analog copy to analog console to lathe

Bill Evans and Jim Hall Undercurrent on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label. Introspective, Almost-Hallucinogenic 1962 Album a Pinnacle for Both Jazz Icons. Guitarist Hall Aids Pianist Evans in Rebounding from Tragedy (Scott LaFaro premature death). Diverse Set Encompasses Ballads, Waltzes, Hard-Swinging Bop with divine Sonics: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI

Bill Evans catapulted to the top of the jazz world in June 1961 after reeling off three straight masterpiece sessions at New York's Village Vanguard with his trio. Yet the emotional highs came to a screeching halt shortly thereafter when bassist Scott LaFaro died in a car accident. Devastated, Evans refrained from playing for nearly a year. If not for an inspirational collaboration of tremendous creative outpouring, one wonders what fate may have befallen Evans. Undercurrent, the outcome of two studio sessions with guitarist Jim Hall, is that project.

Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Label LP edition bursts forth with brilliant textures, you-are-there realism, and extraordinary tonalities. No other version outside of this analog copy brings you face-to-face with these two jazz giants' sonic communion, a kind of spiritual musical summit on which Evans' deft keyboard touches and Hall's reliably subtle phrasings seamlessly mesh and wonderfully dance, the compositions streaked with natural instrumental decay, full-frequency extensions, and poignant emotionalism that, on this LP, you can feel.

While Evans managed to sit down for a few one-off takes between LaFaro's passing and these April-May 1962 dates, he largely remained on hiatus and abstained from recording. Whether it owes to the intimate pairing, he and Hall's brotherly chemistry, or the exquisite selection of program material, the results consistently come across as the equivalent of a private meditation - such is the level of introspective depth and quietly shaded interplay throughout. For Evans, the duet clearly functions as therapy, a healing episode in which his partner patiently lays back, shadowing moves and suggesting others, neither musician interested in the spotlight but each striving for (and achieving) transcendent beauty.

In tackling standards such as Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" and the Broadway classic "Darn That Dream," as well as the Hall original "Romain," the pair traverses complex harmonies with the astute elegance of a figure skater. At times, Evans and Hall go for broke on a hard-swinging romps, yet it's their implied melancholy and drifting, softly struck melodic refrains on waltzes and ballads that bestows Undercurrent with a nuanced romanticism and whispered atmosphere befitting the record's title.

Indeed, even the album's cover - an iconic photograph by Toni Frissell - exhibits the surreal, almost-hallucinogenic properties of the fare contained within.



Track Listing:

1. My Funny Valentine
2. I Hear A Rhapsody
3. Dream Gypsy
4. Romain
5. Skating In Central Park
6. Darn That Dream


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