Title: Interplay Sessions
Leader Artist:Bill Evans
Genre Jazz Instrumental
Styles: Post-Bop, Cool
Original Release Date: New York City, July 16 and 17, 1962.
Release Date: Japan 1998
Number of Discs: 1
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1.You and the Night And The Music
2.When You Wish Upon A Star
3.I'll Never Smile Again (take 7)
5.You Go To My Head
6.Wrap You Troubles In Dreams
7.I'll Never Smile Again (take 6)
Total Time: 45:52
Recorded at Nola Penthouse Sound Studios, New York City, July 16 and 17, 1962.
Bill Evans, piano
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Percy Heath, bass
Jim Hall, guitar
Philly Joe Jones, drums
Although pianist Bill Evans had been recording as a leader steadily since 1959 (with one date in 1956), it wasn't until this 1962 session -- one of his first after returning to active playing a year after bassist Scott LaFaro's tragic death -- that he introduced a horn. Evans is featured with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Philly Joe Jones performing five veteran standards (highlighted by "You and the Night and the Music," "You Go to My Head," and "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams"), plus the pianist's blues "Interplay." Excellent music. [A Japanese version added a bonus track.]
You may be slightly put off the first time you listen to this CD if you're only familiar with Bill Evans in a trio or from 'Kind of Blue'. The combination is unusual, maybe even unique, for Evans and it may take a few tracks to adjust. But if you haven't embraced this CD by the last notes of 'When You Wish Upon a Star', then the blues 'Interplay' will nail it for you. Some critics have pooh-poohed Evans' ability by saying he couldn't swing. I really don't understand that criticism at all, but for those who contend Evans couldn't play the blues, 'Interplay', which Evans wrote, proves he could. The personnel are all first rate, particularly Jim Hall and one of my favorite drummers, the fantastic Philly Joe Jones. The others, Freddie Hubbard and Percy Heath, are up to their usual high quality, too. My favorite tracks are 'Interplay', 'Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams', and 'When You Wish Upon a Star'.
This disc, like so many of Bill Evans' works, is one of those that one can be enjoyed over and over. Even so, I have been listening to Evans' music for many years and I don't recall meeting anyone who owns this CD. That may be due to the fact that many view it as an experiment that failed given that Evans didn't lead another quintet like this again. I don't know if Evans and the other players considered it an experiment, but it surely was no failure. It is one of my five favorite Evans CDs.