'Evans was having trouble finding good bassists, but La Faro's arrival precipitated the advent of one of the finest piano trios jazz has ever documented. The bassist's melodic sensitivity and insinuating sound flowed between Evans and Motian like water, and....the playing of the three men is so sympathetic that it set a universal standard for the piano-bass-drums set-up which has persisted to this day.
Evan's own playing is elevated by the immediacy of the occasion; all his contributions seem all of a piece, lines spreading through and across the melodies and harmonies of the tune, pointing the way to modality yet retaining the singing, rapturous qualities which the pianist heard in this material.
All of the Vanguard music is informed by an extra sense of discovery, as if the musicians were suddenly aware of what they were on to, and were celebrating their achievement.
They didn't have much time: LaFaro was killed in a car accident ten days later.'
Richard Cook & Brian Morton - The Penguin Guide To Jazz on CD, LP and Cassette (1992)
'So she sat on, with closed eyes, and half believed herself in Wonderland, though she knew she had but to open them again, and all would change to dull reality...'
Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (1865)
Bill Evans - piano
Scott LaFaro - bass
Paul Motian - drums
Recorded live at The Village Vanguard, New York City, Sunday June 25th 1961.
Bill Evans Trio - 'Alice In Wonderland (Take 2)' (1961)