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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000YH9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Bill Evans had recorded only sparsely with horn players when this session was cut in 1962. His performance on Miles Davis's Kind of Blue had portended a certain minimal presence when playing with horns, but Interplay defies the earlier recording's hints with particularly strong playing. He's perhaps egged on by Philly Joe Jones, who seemed always able to throw Evans into overdrive (just listen to the Secret Sessions for plentiful confirmation of this). Here, you have Jones pushing Evans, and guitarist Jim Hall adding harmonic depth and brittle latticework around the edges while trumpeter Freddie Hubbard joins in the fray. The instrument mix is odd, but Hubbard plays lyrically enough that he sounds snug in Evans's ever-surprising chord voicings. As for Hall, he sounds genteel and then engaged and then snapping as the band pushes hard on several standards. --Andrew Bartlett

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Whatever the reason may be, the results turned out to be fabulous!!
Dennis W. Wong
He is so great on this album that any fan of his needs to make this purchase.
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Fred Hubbard~trumpet/Jim Hall~guitar/Percy Heath~bass/Philly Jo Jones~drums.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tim Smith on October 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael St John on September 19, 2001
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This one really should be better known than it is, if only because it shows off Bill Evans in a rare quintet context. Rarer still, that he led the session. Imagine how the Miles Davis band circa '56-58 might have sounded with a guitarist (here, Jim Hall) instead of Coltrane, and you'll have a fair idea of what to expect from this '62 date. Freddie Hubbard does his best muted Miles impression, and the presence of Evans and Philly Joe Jones only helps complete the illusion that you've discovered some lost Miles session.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JoeyD on February 25, 2007
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I purchased this excited because it had such a great line-up. It's hard to turn down anything with Bill Evans and then once you throw Freddie Hubbard in the mix, forget about it, you know it's gotta to be great. Not to mention the rest of the quintet - Jim Hall, Percy Heath , and of course Philly Joe Jones - not to shabby to say the least! Jones seems to be the guy everybody else feeds off of, especially Evans. This one cooks! And it even exceeded my great expectations. Did Bill Evans ever not make a great album every time as a leader? This is one is no exception.

Freddie Hubbard is the man! He is so great on this album that any fan of his needs to make this purchase. Heath and Jones make up an all-star rythym section and the chemistry between the two shines. And Hall is just his steady, lyrical self which is a perfect fit. Bottom line, all of them deliver and I just can't figure out why this album isn't more popular than it is.

All in all, add this one to the Bill Evans classics archive. I wish I would have found this much sooner than I did. It's right up there with "Waltz for Debbie", "Sunday at the Village Vanguard", "Portrait in Jazz", etc...etc...! I think it's easy to sometimes forget just how many amazing albums this great talent had. Thank you Bill for bringing so much joy to my life!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jazz B. on July 7, 2008
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Trumpet, tenor saxophone, piano, bass, drums. This is what you most often see in a traditional jazz quintet. But here, Bill takes it differently. instead of the saxophone, he has a guitar. Something new in his time. But the guitar is able to make up for the saxophone quiet nicely. Fred Hubbard~trumpet/Jim Hall~guitar/Percy Heath~bass/Philly Jo Jones~drums. Enjoy!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Birchell on December 6, 2004
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The neatest thing about this album is Bill Evans' inclusion in a quintet format (rather than his usual trio" and the rarity that represents. Also unusual is the makeup of the quintet: in place of the usual second horn, there is an electric guitar. The tempos are unusual for the cooler, laid-back Evans. However, desptie all these deviations from the norms of Evans and teh jazz quintet, the album is, in itself, quite compelling. The music is fun to listen to, first and foremost. It also displays Evans' characteristic near-telepathic tightness: where the imporvisatory sequences of John Coltrane or even Miles Davis will grow sloppy occasionally (with various players tripping over each-other, so to speak) this never happens with Evans, particularly on this album. The improvised material is seamless enough to be through-composed, but inspired enough not to lose the spur-of-the-moment flair. The musicianship is also of high quality, with all of the players being highly skilled at their craft.

Definitely for the open-minded fan of jazz and music (although considerasbly less radical than "Kind of Blue" or "A Love Supreme"). Evans fans looking for the usual Evans fare: beware!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis W. Wong on September 25, 2008
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I had heard from Orrin Keepnews that Bill engineered the idea for this session because he was in dire need of money to support his habit at the time. Whatever the reason may be, the results turned out to be fabulous!! When asked who were his favorite pianists, Freddie Hubbard remarked, "Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner" and you can hear his reverence towards Bill in this recording. It's definitely off the beaten track for Bill and he surrounded himself with his cohort from the Davis group, Philly Jo Jones and Percy Heath from the MJQ. Plus adding guitarist Jim Hall with whom he recorded another masterpiece, "Undercurrent". Freddie sounds warmer than usual and his fresh take on standards "You Go to My Head" was just that because he was mostly unfamiliar with them. Anyone who says that Bill couldn't swing or play the blues should check out the title track. I formerly had this on vinyl but I'll probably pick this up on CD. The only other large group Evans recording available is the one he did on Fantasy with Philly Jo, Kenny Burrell, Harold Land & Ray Brown but I think one is the hottest one to get!!
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