Undercurrent (Bill Evans and Jim Hall album)

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Studio album by Bill Evans and Jim Hall
Released Early August 1962[1]
Recorded April 24 & May 14, 1962
Studio Sound Makers, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 30:12 original LP
52:21 CD reissue
Label United Artists
UAJS 15003
Producer Alan Douglas
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Alternative cover
Blue Note 1988 reissue
Blue Note 1988 reissue

Undercurrent is a 1962 album by jazz pianist Bill Evans and jazz guitarist Jim Hall. They would collaborate again in 1966 for the follow-up album Intermodulation.


The front cover image for Undercurrent is Toni Frissell's photograph "Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida". The album was originally released on United Artists, then reissued by Solid State in 1968. More recently, the album was reissued on EMI/Blue Note (in fact, both Blue Note and United Artists Records have been owned for a long time by EMI). The original LP and the first CD reissue featured a cropped, blue-tinted version, overlaid with the title and the Blue Note logo in white; but for the most recent (24-bit remastered) CD reissue, the image has been restored to its original black-and-white coloration and size, without lettering.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat5/5 stars[2]
(Original Lp release)
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
All About Jazz(no rating)[4]

In his November 26, 1962 review for Down Beat magazine jazz critic Pete Welding states: "This collaboration between Evans and Hall has resulted in some of the most beautiful, thoroughly ingratiating music it has been my pleasure to hear..."

Track listing[edit]

Original LP

  1. "My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 5:21
  2. "I Hear a Rhapsody" (Jack Baker, George Fragos, Dick Gasparre) – 4:36
  3. "Dream Gypsy" (Judith Veevers)– 4:33
  4. "Romain" (Jim Hall) – 5:19
  5. "Skating in Central Park" (John Lewis) – 5:19
  6. "Darn That Dream" (Eddie DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 5:04

Bonus tracks on 2002 Blue Note CD reissue:

  1. "Stairway to the Stars" (Matty Malneck, Mitchell Parish, Frank Signorelli) – 5:38
  2. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (George Bassman, Ned Washington) – 4:13
  3. "My Funny Valentine [Alternate Take] – 6:54
  4. "Romain" [Alternate Take] – 5:24

Recorded on April 24 (#2, 7, 8) and May 14 (all others), 1962.



  1. ^ Aug 18, 1962
  2. ^ Down Beat: November 22, 1962 vol. 29, no. 29
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Undercurrent - Bill Evans | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Cohen, David (2011). "Bill Evans & Jim Hall | Undercurrent". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 

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