Bill Evans Own Interplay
In an era of digital recording, this album still wows the careful listener. The album is made up of three different piano tracks - all of them Evans. This is no small feat considering over-dubbing was still in its infancy. The interplay is near perfect. The meshing between all parts means Evans had to anticipate melodic lines from his earlier recordings and essentially play the "call" before the "response." The Monk tunes are perfect examples. "Blue Monk" showcases Evan's ability to meander outside a typical blues progression and "'Round Midnight" is pure melody. Recorded in 1962 - a year after the death of his legendary sideman, bassist Scott LaFaro - this Grammy Award winning album may have been a much needed creative outlet for Evans and is definitely worth a close listening.