This album is, in essence, a deconstruction of the song Time Remembered by pianist and composer Bill Evans. Although the project was conceived more as an effort to further explore the possibilities in a particular work than as a homage to the piece and its composer, it is hoped that one result of the exercise is an enhanced appreciation of both. None of the material on this album was collectively rehearsed and it was recorded live in one studio session.
The track titles are anagrams of the composer’s name (a device that Mr. Evans himself employed on several occasions throughout his career). This was done to have a bit of fun with the task, but also as a means to offer the selections on this recording as one complete work. To that end, the track order itself is indeed arbitrary and designed to be organized at the discretion of the listener who wishes to explore the piece in its entirety.
Three is the result of an experiment to create a live and unrehearsed single work of collective improvisation that remains accessible on multiple levels for the listener. The unifying concept of the project relies on a framework of designated meters, tempos and sonorities based upon the number three. This framework is at once intended to provide continuity and facilitate a free exchange of ideas between three musicians with equal roles. Each selection on this recording is a first take whose beginning, middle and end was unknown at the outset.