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September 01, 2010


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Jan Stevens

It should also be noted that Scott LaFaro was not even using his own bass at the session; his own instrument was being repaired. (See Pettinger's book, p.104) Thus one can hear a lesser amount of interplay between Scotty and Bill -- also a result of the bickering that went on during the session. As outstanding as "Explorations" turned out, that is one reason I have always found "Portrait in jazz" the superior album --the Vanguard sessions notwithstanding.

--Jan Stevens

Ed Leimbacher

Born on February 2nd... James Joyce, Stan Getz, and Explorations, my favorite Evans album. (That I'm a groundhog too has only a little something to do with it.) Evidently a little discomfort and in-fighting can sometimes produce a better result. (Present commentor excepted.)


Bill and his various collaborators produced so much brilliant and transcendentally beautiful music throughout his career, that I am baffled as to how anyone can have a favorite period, or favorite album.

Nikolai Dersauger

I am listening for years and have never been able to pick my favourite.

Paul Lake

Robert L. Doerschuk writes in his book "The 88 Giants of Jazz Piano" that Scott La Faro's death was particularly tragic as he was "one of the few musicians who was persistently pushing Evans to get off drugs". May one assume that the non-musical bickering between the two was due to this subject?

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