Cesarius Alvim / Eddie Gomez

Forever

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Bassist Eddie Gomez and pianist Cesarius Alvim met through the late Bill Evans while Gomez was still playing in his trio. A decade after Evans' death in 1980, they made their first album together, though it would be 20 years before they reunited for this impressive duo session. With minimal discussion of prospective songs, they work magic together in the studio, playing a mix of standards, obscurities, and originals. Gomez sometimes sings softly along with his bass (as he would do at times in Evans' group), while the less well-known Alvim proves himself to be a sensitive accompanist and lyrical soloist. Their spacious treatment of "Spring Is Here" brings out its bittersweet nature while taking this favorite into new territory. Gomez and Alvim open "Invitation" in a deliberate manner before eventually working their way into the more typical midtempo setting, with Gomez carrying the bulk of the solo responsibility. "The Dolphin" was a favorite of both Bill Evans and Stan Getz, though this stunning duo setting of this Brazilian gem ranks alongside the recordings by the two jazz greats. Alvim contributed several compositions, including the lively bossa nova "Roda Vida" and lush ballad "Ode to a Dream," a semi-classical number showcasing Gomez's arco playing. The bassist's "Forever" is a shimmering, intimate ballad. A follow-up record date is clearly in order.

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