Bill Evans’ ‘Very Early’ is just that, a lite instrumental for waking lovers after a good night. Harrison’s never-intrusive piano sets the style back to Mancini’s 60s when lite banter and sexy shoulders were the mood of the moment. Turn up the volume for Caribe’s bass solo and enjoy another long 8-minute groove of anti-tension pills.
It’s not smooth jazz in the ordinary sense though, so don’t go in thinking it’s all sax and pianos. Those are the least of it. To call it minimalist contemporary is a lying cop out. But like a 70-something minute menu, all elements are chosen with care so as to aid pleasant digestive tracks among the players.
It’s a disc that is not brilliantly original, but it is a very fine definition of pop jazz that was performed to please and to set window shades at the correct light. Any other reason is just heady intellectualism, that has no place in a good kiss.
Some of the meatier tracks are good to look out for. The 12 minute ‘Dolphin Dance,’ but even the brief 37 second opening ‘Just a Moment’ has a surprisingly bright, yet finished, effect upon your introduction to Severn’s arena.
Track Listing: Just a Moment The Lost World Jobiniana Very Early Still Waiting Yesterdays Dolphin Dance Rapture Long Time No C Sunflower And Finally
Personnel: Eddie Severn
Record Label: Caber Music
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