Bill Evans / Bill Evans & Push

Live in Europe

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If it were possible to give this live CD a split rating, it would get both "Best" and "Poor." Saxophonist Bill Evans (switching between tenor and soprano) plays creative jazz-funk on five selections with plenty of heated solos and strong support from a rhythm section including guitarist Gary Poulson and keyboardist Charles Blenzig. If the whole recording were of that quality, this set would be close to essential. Unfortunately Evans then "welcomes" rapper KC Flight to four other numbers and his monotonous talking and shouting are annoying in the extreme, essentially ruining those performances. So this CD is recommended only if it is sold at half price.

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