Explorations

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: Riverside
  • UPC: 025218733465
  • Catalog Number: 9351
  • Sales rank: 20,559

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Israel (6:11)
  2. 2 Haunted Heart (3:28)
  3. 3 Beautiful Love (5:08)
  4. 4 Beautiful Love (6:07)
  5. 5 Elsa (5:11)
  6. 6 Nardis (5:52)
  7. 7 How Deep Is the Ocean? (3:33)
  8. 8 I Wish I Knew (4:42)
  9. 9 Sweet and Lovely (5:55)
  10. 10 The Boy Next Door (5:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Evans Trio Primary Artist
Bill Evans Indexed Contributor, Piano
Scott LaFaro Bass
Paul Motian Drums
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Wayne King Composer
Gus Arnheim Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Liner Notes
David Luke Remastering
Bill Stoddard Engineer
Harry Warren Composer
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Victor Young Composer
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Ken Deardoff Cover Design
Shigeo Miyamoto Mastering
Earl Zindars Composer
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Harry Tobias Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne Composer
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