Track Selection: My mans gone now
Slow piece, a sombre bluesy melody from Porgy and Bess.
Bill Evans (p) Jim Hall (g) recorded Van Gelder Studios, April and May 1966, recording by Rudy Van Gelder and Verve man Val Valentin, produced by Creed Taylor.
Intermodulation is a follow up to the Evans Hall 1963 collaboration, Undercurrent.
Allmusic jumps in: “Where this recording delivers is in the details and intricacy with which Evans and Hall work, guided by simple framings of standard songs made into personal statements that include no small amounts of innovation”
Vinyl: Verve V6 8655
Evans and Hall, recorded in America at NY Van Gelder Studios , made in Germany by DeutcheGramaphon, bought in London from Rough Trade Vintage.
German factory precision in all those extra codes and symbols, you expect the record to come with ABS and rear wash-wipe fitted as standard. Vorsprung durch Technics
Source: London vintage record store basement, whose main floor is devoting to those achingly hip post-modern records born of suburban bedroom laptop composers and East London collectives. No information on the cover apart from the name of the band, and sometimes not even that. When I shop there I try to blend in with the DJ types, as one of my many alter egos, MC Jazz.
On the topic of “contemporary music”, fast forward to the present day and a modern jazz piano I listen to, Brad Mehldau. He has recorded piano and guitar duo with Pat Metheney. Mehldau is an interesting player who has adopted modern pop songs as a springboard for improvisation, in the same way standards were used in the bop years. It’s Wonderwall, not Alone Together. Kick off with the tune and off you go. Metheney I have never thought much of, apart from as a treatment for insomnia. I wonder how they compare with Evans and Hall?
If you were wondering about the record title, intermodulation is the amplitude modulation of signals containing two or more different frequencies in a system with nonlinearities. The intermodulation between each frequency forms additional signals at the sum and difference frequencies of the original frequencies and at multiples of those sum and difference frequencies. Great!