Bill Evans: I'll Never Smile Again


I'll Never Smile Again


Bill Evans (piano)


Bill Evans, Interplay (Riverside OJCCD-308-2)

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Bill Evans (piano), Jim Hall (guitar), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Percy Heath (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Composed by Ruth Lowe


Recorded: New York, July 16, 1962


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Like Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard did not make Harmon a habit, but when he used the mute his affinity was apparent. On this Swing Era leftover (a #1 hit in 1940 for Tommy Dorsey courtesy of Frank Sinatra's vocal), Hubbard shows his familiarity with Harmon's history via an uncanny resemblance to Chet Baker on "Love Nest" (1956). Freddie also displays admirable adaptability for a 24-year-old, jelling with musicians a decade older and vastly more experienced. Neither Evans nor Hall was renowned for hard swinging, but here everybody cooks with gas thanks to firebrand Philly Joe. They make us smile again and again.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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