Thursday, August 16, 2007

Spartacus Love Theme

Bill Evans's version of Alex North's love theme for the Stanley Kubrick gladiator classic "Spartacus", originally found on his remarkable overdubbed solo-piano showcase from 1963, "Conversations With Myself", is a soaring, impressionistic rendition that harks back to the Romantic era-influenced exercises of his seminal Village Vanguard recordings. Starting out with a controlled flurry of related arpeggios, before settling into an unabashedly quixotic groove of carefully measured chords, Evans's take on the "Spartacus Love Theme" displays the legendary harmonic-jazz pianist at his syncopated, polyrhythmic best. Treat yourself to this historic, wonderful recording here.


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