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5.0 out of 5 stars Evans in a rare setting with first class players, September 25, 2008
This review is from: Interplay (Audio CD)
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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