Original Jazz Classics [OJC] / Riverside

Bill Evans Trio – Explorations


Original Jazz Classics [OJC] / Riverside

Bill Evans Trio – Explorations


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When Bill Evans left the seminal Miles Davis Sextet at the end of 1958, he turned permanently to leading his own trio, thereby influencing and enriching the whole course of contemporary jazz piano. This recording, made when his first group had been together for a full year, brilliantly demonstrates his innovative concept of "simultaneous improvisation" with legendary bassist Scott LaFaro. - Concord Music

“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.” - AllMusic


  • Bill Evans, piano
  • Scott LaFaro, bass
  • Paul Motian, drums

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Bill Evans Trio




Original Jazz Classics [OJC] / Riverside


Vinyl, LP, Reissue



Release Date:

This reissue: 2015 | Original - 1961




Cool Jazz, Piano

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