Bill Evans / Trio
Explorations

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm   

(1961 ) 2012 EU repressed on 180g vinyl LP-Bill Evans’ fourth album as a leader, and his second with the talented bassist Scott LaFaro. Explorations is an extraordinary example of the reach and breadth of this trio at its peak.In...

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Release date 20-02-2012(Originally released in 1961)

2012 EU repressed on 180g vinyl LP-Bill Evans’ fourth album as a leader, and his second with the talented bassist Scott LaFaro, who would die soon after. Explorations is an extraordinary example of the reach and breadth of this trio at its peak.Includes bonus track

Tracks:
A1 Israel
A2 Haunted Heart
A3 Beautiful Love
A4 Elsa

B1 Nardis
B2 How Deep Is The Ocean?
B3 I Wish I Knew
B4 Sweet And Lovely
B5 The Boy Next Door(*)bonus

Personnel:
Bill Evans- piano
Scott LaFaro- bass
Paul Motian- drums 

When this album was recorded in February of 1961, it had been more than year since the Portrait in Jazz was issued, the disc that won the critics over. By the time of this issue, Evans had released four albums in six years, a pace unheard of during that time. Most musicians were issuing two, three, and even four records a year during the same era.

Many speculate on Evans' personal problems at the time, but the truth of the matter lies in the recordings themselves, and Explorations proves that the artist was worth waiting for no matter what else was going on out there. Evans, with Paul Motian and Scott LaFaro, was onto something as a trio, exploring the undersides of melodic and rhythmic constructions that had never been considered by most. For one thing, Evans resurrects a number of tunes that had been considered hopelessly played out, and literally reinvents them -- "How Deep Is the Ocean" and "Sweet and Lovely." His harmonic richness that extends the melodic and color palette of these numbers literally revived them from obscurity and brought them back into the canon. He also introduced "Haunted Heart" into the jazz repertoire, with a wonderfully impressionistic melodic structure, offered space, and depth by the understatement of Motian and extension by LaFaro's canny use of intervals.

Also noteworthy is Miles Davis' "Nardis," which Evans first played on a Cannonball Adderley set a couple of years before. The rhythmic workout by the Motian and LaFaro places Evans' own playing in a new context, with shorter lines, chopping up the meter, and a series of arpeggios that open the ground for revelatory solo in counterpoint by LaFaro. Explorations is an extraordinary example of the reach and breadth of this trio at its peak.

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: Wax Time
Originally released: 1961
This release: 2012
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