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Explorations [CASSETTE] [Import]

Bill Evans Audio Cassette
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Few musicians seemed less likely to make an impact on the New York jazz scene in the late Fifties than Bill Evans(1929-80), whose introspective solos and delicate touch were far removed from what was commonly considered "hard bop." Yet Evans was indeed heard, and quickly became one of the most influential musicians on any instrument of the last 40 years.

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  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B00008FHW6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. Israel
2. Haunted Heart
3. Beautiful Love [Take 2]
4. Beautiful Love [Take 1][*]
5. Elsa
6. Nardis
7. How Deep Is the Ocean?
8. I Wish I Knew
9. Sweet and Lovely
10. Boy Next Door [*]

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best early Bill Evans albums 7 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
This dates from 1961 - early in the Evans canon. It has the sublime Scott LaFaro on bass - the bass that launched a thousand discs. His playing is simply stunning. The repertoire consists of show tunes - some of Evans own compositions came later. But the recording comes up very fresh. Recording is clear - drums come off best and the playing is inventive and subtle. Bass is a little quiet and the piano is rather wooden. This is an important album from Evans early period. He already know how to make tunes haunting and poignant - "Haunted Heart" is just that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album and a top quality repress 9 July 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Beautiful recording of the Trio and one of my go-to favourites when I want to listen to Bill. The version of Nardis on this album is breathtaking. 180g vinyl feels and sounds great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE 2ND EVANS.LA FARO.MOTION TRIO ALBUM 24 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album 8 July 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
A truely beautiful piece of work which has stood the test of time admirably.
This latest,beautifully packaged ,release on 180g vinyl is worth every penny
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 4 Dec 2000
By Kenneth James Michael MacLean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It is difficult to overstate the quality of Bill Evans playing. I have been listening seriously to jazz for over 30 years and I do not believe there is a more consistent artist than Bill Evans. The quality of his work is astonishing, session after session, especially the recordings he did for Riverside. Explorations is deep, swinging and melodic, as are so many of his dates. This session is of particularly high quality, and the version of Nardis is just wonderful. This guy has the ability to play unique versions of every tune he approaches -- his ability to project the inner essence of a song is unmatched. Every cut on this session is great, as the trio is in fine form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's get this straight... 20 Feb 2005
By Micah Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
...the average number of stars should be *five*.

There, that's better.

I'm a huge Bill Evans aficionado, and love his work from every period of his career. The earlyish period of '58-'61, in which this one falls, was undeniably the pinnacle, though, and this LP is, to me, hands-down the definitive Bill Evans studio album. This same band's work on the Village Vanguard recordings (captured on _Sunday at the Village Vanguard_ and _Waltz for Debby_) actually surpasses _Explorations_, I think, but as a regular studio LP, this one should be duly recognized as one of those absolutely perfect jazz albums, in company with such as Miles Davis' _Kind of Blue_, John Coltrane's _Giant Steps_, and Wayne Shorter's _Speak No Evil_.

The sound quality is crystalline, the playing flawless yet soulful, and on top of all that, it's the classic trio with LaFaro and Motian. The track selection just couldn't be improved upon: there's the melodic drive of tunes that sound like they were written for Bill Evans like "Israel" and "Nardis," ravishing ballads like "Haunted Heart" and "Elsa," and more playful tunes like "Beautiful Love" and "The Boy Next Door." You get the whole spectrum of Evans' magic here. Hopefully you already know of the transcendant musical genius of Bill Evans' piano artistry, and if you're looking for where to start or what's essential, let me just say this: this is *it*.
49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explore This! 15 Sep 2000
By Ted Ficklen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Some prefer Evans' Portrait in Jazz or Sunday at the Village, but for me, this is the greatest recording by Evans and his all time best trio: Paul Motian on drums and the too soon gone Scott LaFaro on bass. The peaks here for me are the opening number, Israel, which seems to start almost in mid-tune, and Nardis, which is credited to Miles Davis, but became a Bill Evans theme throughout his career.
If you have a CD Walkman, this is a great CD to listen to while you walk or run.
Bill Evans had a full career and made many great albums. Scott Lafaro died tragically young not long after this was recorded. Fans of the bass playing may want to look for a neat little CD, The Arrival of Victor Feldman, one of the precious few LaFaro recordings.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bill's best 23 April 2001
By hbaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is probably my favorite Bill Evans record. Scott Lafaro's playing compliments Bill's wonderfully, as the two interact throughout the entire disc. Paul Motian's drumming is subtle and superb, a perfect fit for the tunes and the other two guys. This album was recorded in '61, 4 months prior to the Vanguard recordings. There isn't a bad tune or a "skippable" tune on the disc. Even while some of the tunes are up tempo (at least for Bill), the album remains soft and subtle. You could study this album for a year, put it on while having guests for dinner, or fall asleep to it. Rarely does such an album have so many wonderful qualities to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a momentous occasion 2 Mar 2000
By teresa ruggles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
there is probably never going to be another piano trio like this one. scott lafaro on bass, bill evans on piano, and paul motain on drums is the perfect combination. this album beautifully captures what Evans called their "simultaneous" improvisation sound. but, unlike many improvising act, no one steps on the other. scott lafaro was a true virtuoso and his death at the age of 26 was a terrible happening for jazz and the music world in general. if you like this i also recommend the other three albums with this classic bill evans trio: Waltz for Debbie, Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Portait in Jazz. you will not regret buying any of them.
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