THE WILLIAM CLAXTON COLLECTION 180 pure virgin vinyl LPs in Gatefold packaging
"Explorations", recorded on February 2, 1961, was Bill Evans’ fourth LP as a leader and the second studio album by his legendary trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian. Their first recording together had been the studio album Portrait inJazz, taped on December 28, 1959, which marked Evans’ third album as a leader, following New Jazz Conceptions N(1956) and Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1958). Although both Evans and LaFaro participated on Tony Scott’s LP "Sung Heroes", recorded in October 1959, they didn’t play on all of the tracks and they scarcely interact there. Evans and LaFaro’s superb chemistry was evident from the very first tune they recorded. The Evans-LaFaro-Motian Trio would reach a climax with their June 25, 1961 club recordings at the Village Vanguard in New York. LaFaro would die in a car accident just ten days later, at the age of 25.
BILL EVANS, piano SCOTT LaFARO, bass PAUL MOTIAN, drums
New York, February 2, 1961.
1 ISRAEL 2 HAUNTED HEART 3 BEAUTIFUL LOVE 4 ELSA
1 NARDIS 2 HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? 3 I WISH I KNEW 4 SWEET AND LOVELY 5 THE BOY NEXT DOOR