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Further Explorations Double CD

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  • Audio CD (30 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • ASIN: B005VR9AEE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Peri's ScopeChick Corea 5:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gloria's StepChick Corea 6:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. They Say That Falling In Love Is WonderfulChick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian 7:18Album Only
Listen  4. Alice In WonderlandChick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian 8:17Album Only
Listen  5. Song No. 1Chick Corea 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. DianeChick Corea 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Off The CuffChick Corea 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. LaurieChick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian 8:56Album Only
Listen  9. Bill EvansChick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian 8:40Album Only
Listen10. Little Rootie TootieChick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian10:24Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Hot HouseChick Corea 5:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mode VIChick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian 8:13Album Only
Listen  3. Another TangoChick Corea 6:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Turn Out The StarsChick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian 9:18Album Only
Listen  5. RhapsodyChick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian 8:12Album Only
Listen  6. Very EarlyChick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian 7:02Album Only
Listen  7. But Beautiful - Part 1Chick Corea 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. But Beautiful - Part 2Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian 9:12Album Only
Listen  9. Puccini's WalkChick Corea 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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Join master pianist Chick Corea as he leads original Bill Evans alumni - bassist Eddie Gomez and the late drummer Paul Motian - on 'Further Explorations', a two-CD live set of 19 tracks that examines Bill Evan's piano trio aesthetic. The spirit of Evans comes alive thanks to the vibrant simpatico shared by these three master musicians.

Produced by Corea, 'Further Explorations' was recorded May 4-17, 2010, live at the Blue Note in New York City. In preparation, Corea, Gomez and Motian examined the entire Bill Evans discography. Rather than approach the music as a tribute, his material provides more of a template. Each musician also contributes original material. The results are inspired, as this elevated piano trio plays with near-telepathic empathy and a remarkable blend of ingenuity and emotional depth.

Sadly, Paul Motian died on November 22, 2011. He was a member of the first Bill Evans Trio, with Scott LaFaro on bass. This was the most influential progressive piano trio in jazz at the time. "I loved playing with Chick and Eddie during our two-week stay at the Blue Note," said Motian. "It was two weeks of great music, friendship and tribute. This CD is a true reflection of that."

Personnel: Chick Corea (piano), Eddie Gomez (bass), Paul Motian (drums)

BBC Review

For two weeks in May 2010 Chick Corea brought this trio into the Blue Note club in New York with the express intention of investigating and extending the trio repertoire established by the late Bill Evans. Paul Motian having been in Evans’ first great trio and Eddie Gomez a member of a subsequent edition for 11 years from 1966, they were well-qualified for the task. The results, distilled from 24 sets of 90 minutes apiece, are nevertheless a slightly mixed bag - and in the case of the opening Peri’s Scope, which over-favours the drums, oddly mixed in the technical sense.

It is interesting that Motian was the most experimental musician in the trio, the same reactive instincts and sense of timbral colour pervading his playing as had been the case in the 1960s. Gomez has settled for a more comfortable role than that of yore, his buzzing wasp of an upper register bass sound having given way to a more stately hornet (and then only sporadically). His intonation is slightly suspect in the double-stopped opening to Alice in Wonderland, and the bowed opening to Turn Out the Stars is somewhat eccentric.

Yet when the trio clicks it is utterly magnificent. A version of Bill Evans’ ballad Laurie is a marvellous three-way conversation, with Gomez flying out of the ensemble with aggressive phrases that interweave with Corea’s, and the hornet briefly becomes an inspired and inventive wasp again. The way the three musicians coalesce into playing in time after Corea’s rhapsodic opening to the waltz Very Early is equally impressive. There are original compositions by all three members of the group, and a few jazz standards that are less closely associated with Evans. There’s a respectful nod to Monk on Little Rootie Tootie whereas Tadd Dameron’s Hot House sounds slightly anodyne.

The trio’s real forte is the detailed investigation of ballads. Here Corea’s ability to maintain a grasp of a tune’s structure over eight or nine minutes rivals Evans’ own, and pieces such as the Burke/Van Heusen ballad But Beautiful have seldom been played better.

--Alyn Shipton

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jazz fiend on 3 Jun. 2013
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these very experienced practitioners of the jazz art take bill evans to another level in this glowing tribute.thanks for the memory.i was smitten with bill's playing at an early age and walked home to south lambeth on a cloud,in the early hours, after hearing him play his first gig at Ronnie Scott's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deep Reader VINE VOICE on 6 April 2013
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Chick Corea has teamed up with two wonderful musicians in Paul Motion and Eddie Gomez to revisit the music of Bill Evans. The album is almost without Chick's signature flourishes and perhaps the better for it. Over two hours of truly great music I can't stop listening. Romantic Warrior Duet Duet
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By Maradominic on 22 Jan. 2015
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A fantastic CDfrrom Chick at the top of his game
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Yes, it's a Chick Corea Album 1 Feb. 2012
By Chris Cooley - Published on Amazon.com
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After a good listen through, I would agree with the above review that it isn't a Bill Evans album. But for the pieces that were Bill's own, it a pretty good extention via another great pianists' style, and excellent listening. Thus the title "Further Extentions". After just seeing Chick play with his own Return to Forever tour playing his own music, I must say his playing on this album is remarkably "Un-Chick", due probably to his attempt to capture and extend Bill Evan's spirit. Whether that can ever be done is open to question, for sure, as I think Bill Evans was the best jazz pianist who ever lived. What I can say for sure is that *artiste* arguments aside, this is a fine, straight up jazz album of music from a master done by a master. Honestly, the chance to hear Paul Motian's playing now in the same idiom he played in with Bill Evans some 40+ years ago is worth the ticket price alone.
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masterpiece of further exploration 21 April 2012
By Mikio Miyaki - Published on Amazon.com
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This must be one of their masterpieces. The sound quality is great. Motian's sticks are clear and powerful. Gomez's chords are lively and melodious. Corea pays homage to Evans' spirit by approaching each number as an adventure rather than reviving the atmosphere of the trio at old times. Everything is rooted in Evans and strongly remind of this, but it spreads out in various directions Evans never tried, nor had the time. Corea has a more percussive attack than the original trio. Evans trio concept hasn't died out. The trio is fully improvising and tossing ideas at one another and everybody making something of it. Every note becomes another creation or idea. It can still provoke surprise and pleasure, when Corea shows his personality and gaiety. This is the proof that the best tribute to the past is not the recreation of old sounds but further adventure of leftover, unexplored possibilities.
It's very sad Motian died shortly before the release of this album. This became his last explorations.
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Captured the essence of the shows 22 Jan. 2012
By Robert E. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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Having had the opportunity to see two of the Further Explorations shows in NY I have been hoping that Chick would release recordings that captured these wonderful concerts. This CD set does a terrific job of capturing the spirit and talent highlighted by the once in a lifetime experience of seeing Corea, Gomez and Motian together interpreting Bill Evans and their own recordings in the trio style pioneered by Evans. Hearing Peri's Scope, Gloria's Step and Alice in Wonderland played by these guys in magic. With Motian's passing this recording becomes a truly priceless opportunity to hear history in the making.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
John 22 Feb. 2012
By John DiStefano - Published on Amazon.com
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I love it!!!!!!!!!! This is the kind of music that is so rich you can listen to it over and over and hear something new.These people really now how to play, and play with one another.The level of communication is very evident and amazing. They really take to the next level.
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By Manuel Grosso Galvan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very special CD. In fact is like a homenage to Bill Evans recordings in Village Vanguard 50 years ago but at the end is a Chick Corea album with two of the essential musicians that play with Evans. First Paul Motian, one of the hero of the Villege Vanguard original sessions. In bass Eddy Gomez who play with Evans during 10 years. Evident the spirit of Evans is here, but is not a tribute to Evans, is like say the title a "Further Exploration". You can found pure Corea best material in years. Clasics Motian songs ,a typical Gomez intervention, all of this, more Evans standardS. The best thing is that the musician not try to make Bill Evans material one more time, they try go "further ". In the other side the problem is that anybody can forget de original sessions of Bill Evans, Scott Lafaro and Motian trio. Is a wonderful CD but you must remember that only part of the spirit oF Evans is here, but the sound and the echo still remaing.
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