Studio album by
ReleasedApril 11, 1979
RecordedOctober 30–November 2, 1978
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerHelen Keane
Bill Evans chronology
New Conversations
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Affinity is an album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans released in 1979, featuring Belgian harmonica player Toots Thielemans. Bill Evans plays a Rhodes piano on many of the tracks. It is the recording debut for bassist Marc Johnson.


With the exception of a four star Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide review,[1] the majority of recorded reception for the Affinity album came significantly later than its original release. Overall, reviewers maintain positive notes about the work. Scott Yanow on Allmusic says, "Excellent if not essential music that Evans generally uplifts".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]

Track listing

  1. "I Do It for Your Love" (Paul Simon) – 7:16
  2. "Sno' Peas" (Phil Markowitz) – 5:51
  3. "This Is All I Ask" (Gordon Jenkins) – 4:14
  4. "Days of Wine and Roses" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 6:40
  5. "Jesus' Last Ballad" (Gianni Bedori) – 5:52
  6. "Tomato Kiss" (Larry Schneider) – 5:17
  7. "The Other Side of Midnight (Noelle's Theme)" (Michel Legrand) – 3:17
  8. "Blue in Green" (Miles Davis, Bill Evans) – 4:09
  9. "Body & Soul" (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) – 6:16


Production notes

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard Jazz Albums 18


  1. ^ Swenson, John (1985). The Rolling stone jazz record guide (1st ed.). New York: Rolling Stone. ISBN 039472643X. OCLC 10878740.
  2. ^ "Affinity - Bill Evans | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  3. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed July 22, 2011.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 74. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 458. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.