Jazz CD of The Month: Chick Corea / Eddie Gomez / Paul Motian / Further Explorations / Concord

Feb 7, 2012

Another one of those live recordings that lets you feel that you are there.  Further Explorations is a 2 CD celebration of the music of Bill Evans with two of the former band mates of Evans on stage. There's Eddie Gomez, the legendary bassist who was with the Bill Evans trio for eleven years, 1966-1977.  Paul Motian is also on the stage, one of the most influential jazz drummers of the last 50 years who was with Evans from 1959 through 1964 .  Chick Corea, one of the most dynamic and creative pianists in all of jazz since Evans, joins Gomez and Motian. Selections for the 2 Cd set were recorded at the Blue Note in New York City in May of 2010.  Together this trio presents a brilliant program that does not disappoint.  "Alice in Wonderland" features a wonderful intro by bassist Eddie Gomez.gom The trio presents a percolating version  of "Hot House" then switch gears into the unpredictable twists and turns of "Mode VI" where Motian's legendary talent help add to the swirl of sound.  Sadly this recording was probably one the last for Motian who passed away in late 2011. It is a tremendous musical statement to remember him, and the compositional legacy of Bill Evans, by.