Beauty & The Beast
This fabulous live recording captures the colossal scale of the work, and marks the towering improvisational accomplishments of modern jazz musicians hitting peak form.
Bill Evans is one of the most dynamic saxophonists of his generation, and he brings all of his trademark energy and muscularity to a demanding piece of music. Not least of those demands is the requirement to contrast the seductive lyrical charms of 'Beauty', with the flashing fury of 'The Beast'.
Smith's Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale with teeth, and the SNJO guide the listener through its seven-part structure with fearless authority. The rhythm section of Steve Hamilton (piano), Kevin Glasgow (electric bass) and Alyn Cosker (drums) are particularly commanding, and provide a rock-solid platform for Evans to solo freely and in uninhibited style.
- Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3
- Part 4
- Part 5
- Part 6
- Part 7
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