In 1962, Bill Evans recorded seven albums with five different rhythm sections. He had spent most of the prior two years playing exclusively with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian, but when LaFaro died in the summer of ’61, Bill took a break from working for the rest of that year. When he returned to the studio, he was matched with a variety of players and formats, but his most frequent collaborator at that time was guitarist Jim Hall.
Interplay finds Hall and Evans joined by Percy Heath, Philly Joe Jones and Freddie Hubbard, at that time known best for his fiery playing in Art Blakey’s band. Freddie is unusually subdued here, maybe because he’s playing older material with older musicians, but everyone puts in swinging performances.