Further Explorations

Further Explorations

by Paul MotianPaul Motian


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Although there really hasn't been another pianist quite like Bill Evans since his untimely death in 1980, Chick Corea was probably the one best suited to make this fine and heartfelt tribute album. Corea does several things especially well here: first, he wisely chose two of Evans' most celebrated sidemen (bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Paul Motian) to join him for the trio date. Second, he does an excellent job of invoking Evans' musical spirit without giving in to the temptation to slavishly imitate his distinctive playing style. And third, he mixes up the program nicely, including the bop classic "Hot House," Thelonious Monk's "Little Rootie Tootie," and original compositions by each member of the trio, alongside such necessary Evans and Evans-associated standards as "Gloria's Step" and "Alice in Wonderland." The combination of a sprawling two-disc configuration and the live setting (the album was recorded over the course of a two-week stint at the Blue Note in New York) means that there's plenty of room for everyone to stretch out, which doesn't always yield dividends: no matter how impressionistic it got, Evans' playing never seemed aimless, but Corea's sometimes does on tracks like "Rhapsody" and the Motian composition "Mode VI." Still, Corea's aimlessness is always highly listenable, and at its best (which is most of the time), the trio is both tight and thrillingly free; their take on "Hot House," in particular, demonstrates an admirable ability to balance boppish rigor with creative expansiveness. This is a beautiful and loving tribute to one of jazz music's great tragic genuises.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2012
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072333642
catalogNumber: 33364
Rank: 92021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Motian   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Bob Belden   Liner Notes
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Eddie Gomez   Composer,Liner Notes
Johnny Burke   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Bernie Kirsh   Engineer
Scott LaFaro   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Paul Motian   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Lew Pollack   Composer
Erno Rapee   Composer
Bill Rooney   Executive Producer
Dan Muse   Liner Note Coordination

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