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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Bill Evans Quintet - Interplay (featuring Freddie Hubbard, Jim Hall)

(Riverside / Fantasy (USA) Stereo LP OJC-308 (originally Riverside RLP 9445), originally recorded 1962; this reissue remastered and released on vinyl in 1987)

One of the few albums where Bill Evans plays behind front-line instruments, this 1962date is noteworthy for the sheer drive and invention displayed by all concerned. The dependable Percy Heath is on bass, while the drumming duties fall on 'Philly' Joe Jones.This is a great date featuring Freddie Hubbard, trumpet, and Jim Hall, guitar. Evans' composition, "Interplay" is a small blues masterpiece, and my favourite on the album, but the standards ("You And The Night And The Music", "When You Wish Upon A Star", "I'll Never Smile Again", You Go To My Head" and "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams" all deserve kudos. Amazingly Hubbard was unfamiliar with the standards Evans chose for the date, but no one would ever notice.

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