Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Explorations by the Bill Evans Trio, complete with original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Explorations is a 1974 Japanese pressing of an LP that was originally released in 1961.
The cover is VG+, with slight edge and corner wear and some foxing on the back cover.
The obi and insert are M-.
The disc is M- with a few spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl. Clean disc!
A beautiful copy of a terrific jazz LP.
Background: Released in 1961, Explorations was the second album by the trio with Evans, Scott LaFaro on bass, and Paul Motian on drums. The album won the Billboard Jazz Critics Best Piano LP poll for 1961.
When this album was recorded in February of 1961, it had been more than year since the Portrait in Jazz was issued, the disc that won the critics over. By the time of this issue, Evans had released four albums in six years, a pace unheard of during that time. Most musicians were issuing two, three, and even four records a year during the same era. Many speculate on Evans’ personal problems at the time, but the truth of the matter lies in the recordings themselves, and Explorations proves that the artist was worth waiting for no matter what else was going on out there. Evans, with Paul Motian and Scott LaFaro, was onto something as a trio, exploring the undersides of melodic and rhythmic constructions that had never been considered by most. …Explorations is an extraordinary example of the reach and breadth of this trio at its peak.
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