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Bill Evans Quintet - Interplay (1962/2007) [Cool Jazz, Modal Music]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Bill Evans Quintet - Interplay (1962/2007) [Cool Jazz, Modal Music]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 24 Jan 2021, 07:24

Artist: Bill Evans Quintet
Album: Interplay
Genre: Cool Jazz, Modal Music
Label: Riverside/Universal
Released: 1962/2007
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
  1. You and the Night and the Music (Dietz-Schwartz) - 7:05
  2. When You Wish Upon a Star (Washington-Harline) - 5:45
  3. I'll Never Smile Again (take 7) (Lowe) - 6:33
  4. I'll Never Smile Again (take 6) (Lowe) - 6:39
  5. Interplay (Evans) - 8:14
  6. You Go to My Head (Gillespie-Coots) - 5:04
  7. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (Mill-Koehler-Barris) - 6:22


  • Bill Evans - piano
  • Freddie Hubbard - trumpet
  • Jim Hall - guitar
  • Percy Heath - bass
  • Philly Joe Jones - drums

Interplay stands as some of Bill Evans' most enigmatic and unusual music in makeup as well as execution. It was recorded in July 1962 with a very young Freddie Hubbard from the Jazz Messengers, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Philly Joe Jones performing five veteran standards. Evans has a more blues-based approach to playing: harder, edgier, and in full flow, fueled in no small part by Hall, who is at his very best here, swinging hard whether it be a ballad or an uptempo number. Hubbard's playing, on the other hand, was never so restrained as it was here. Using a mute most of the time, his lyricism is revealed to jazz listeners for the first time -- with Art Blakey it was a blistering attack of hard bop aggression. On this program of standards, however, Hubbard slips into them quite naturally without the burden of history -- check his reading and improvisation on "When You Wish Upon a Star." Ironically, it's on the sole original, the title track, where the band in all its restrained, swinging power can be best heard, though the rest is striking finger-popping hard bop jazz, with stellar crystalline beauty in the ballads.
Review by Thom Jurek

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