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歴史に名を残したビル・エヴァンス・トリオによる魅力たっぷりのスタンダード集。「ナーディス」はマイルス・デイヴィスが敬愛するエヴァンスに贈ったオリジナルで、マイルス自身の演奏は残されていない。「イスラエル」「エルザ」など代表的なレパートリーも収録。 (C)RS

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Recorded in New York in February 1961 for Riverside, Explorations was the last album this version of the Evans trio would make in a recording studio. Bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian also appear on Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby — both live recordings, released later in 1961 — but LaFaro died in a car accident shortly after the live sessions.

“Evans’ sound and approach was his own by ’61,” says Ashley Kahn in his new liner notes. “His piano style had fully matured, as had the interplay of the trio . . . Upon entering Bell Sound’s studio on February 2, 1961, producer Orrin Keepnews immediately noted the three had `made giant strides towards the goal of becoming a three-voice unit rather than a piano player and his accompanists.'”