Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 18, 1962[1]
RecordedApril 24 & May 14, 1962
StudioSound Makers, New York City
Length30:12 original LP
52:21 CD reissue
LabelUnited Artists
UAJS 15003
ProducerAlan Douglas
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Blue Note 1988 reissue

Undercurrent is a 1962 album by jazz pianist Bill Evans and jazz guitarist Jim Hall. The two men collaborated again in 1966 on the album Intermodulation.

Cover and releases

The front cover image for Undercurrent is Toni Frissell's photograph "Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida". The album was originally released on United Artists, then reissued by Solid State in 1968. Later, the album was reissued on the Blue Note label; both Blue Note and United Artists Records have been part of the same catalog for many decades. The original LP and the first CD reissue featured a cropped, blue-tinted version, overlaid with the title and the Blue Note logo in white; but for the most recent (24-bit remastered) CD reissue, the image has been restored to its original black-and-white coloration and size, without lettering.


Professional ratings
Review scores
(Original Lp release)
All About Jazz[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]

In his November 26, 1962 review for DownBeat magazine jazz critic Pete Welding states: "This collaboration between Evans and Hall has resulted in some of the most beautiful, thoroughly ingratiating music it has been my pleasure to hear."

Track listing

Original LP

  1. "My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 5:21
  2. "I Hear a Rhapsody" (Jack Baker, George Fragos, Dick Gasparre) – 4:36
  3. "Dream Gypsy" (Judith Veevers)– 4:33
  4. "Romain" (Jim Hall) – 5:19
  5. "Skating in Central Park" (John Lewis) – 5:19
  6. "Darn That Dream" (Eddie DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 5:04

Bonus tracks on 2002 Blue Note CD reissue:

  1. "Stairway to the Stars" (Matty Malneck, Mitchell Parish, Frank Signorelli) – 5:38
  2. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (George Bassman, Ned Washington) – 4:13
  3. "My Funny Valentine" [Alternate Take] – 6:54
  4. "Romain" [Alternate Take] – 5:24

Recorded on April 24 (#2, 7, 8) and May 14 (all others), 1962.



  1. ^ Aug 18, 1962
  2. ^ DownBeat: November 22, 1962 vol. 29, no. 29
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Undercurrent - Bill Evans". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  4. ^ Cohen, David (2011). "Bill Evans & Jim Hall | Undercurrent". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 456. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.