On the heels of his collaboration with Miles Davis on the landmark “Kind of Blue”, pianist Bill Evans’ first record with his trio was an important and influential one, signaling a new direction for small groups and piano trios. Paul Motion (dr) and Scott Lafaro (bs) were the perfect fit, supporting Evans and interacting in a new way. They were not always playing straight time, and the bass was in the forefront melodically as a lead voice along with the piano. It’s compelling, exciting, and constantly evolving music.
This is an early, but not first pressing on Riverside. It has the blue label with the deepgroove, “reels”, and “Bill Grauer”, but I believe a first pressing has the smaller blue label. It has been played a lot and shows wear, grading at VG, but still sounds quite good, particularly considering how quiet the music is. The cover is very clean and still in the original shrink. (Details: Riverside 12-315 mono)