Les Czimber's life has been a bit of a miracle. A pianist in Hungary in the 1950s, Czimber fought against the Russians during the Hungarian revolution of 1956, was caught and was able to talk a Russian officer out of shooting him and his men when it was discovered that he was a jazz musician. Czimber soon escaped from Hungary by simply walking through the snow to Yugoslavia. Although he had already played in the United States for many years, this CD was his first record as a leader. For this tribute to Bill Evans, Czimber mostly plays in his own modern mainstream style with the majority of the selection showcasing him in a trio with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Joe LaBarbera; a few selections add trumpeter Ron Stout and tenor-saxophonist Bob Cooper. Other than the pianist's "Song For The Prince," all of the songs are among the many that Evans enjoyed playing and they are highlighted by "How Deep Is The Ocean," "Beautiful Love," "I Hear A Rhapsody " and "All Of You." This is an impressive (and long overdue) debut by Les Czimber.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow