The self-contradictory nature ("don't be blind to the critics" vs. "Don't believe all these critics"; "Seems to be a foreign student." vs. the ungrammatical "There are a lot better music.") notwithstanding, the worst thing about the review below from "A Music Fan in WA" is its take on the album in general and Paul Motian (the "He ain't nothing but a sad drummer." mentioned by the author) in particular.
In regards to the album in general: while it may not be the best of Bill Evans on Riverside ("Explorations" and The Village Vanguard discs may collectively hold that title) it is by no means an album to be missed. It represents the first release by this famous trio (Evans, Scott LaFaro, Motian) and contains fine music.
Regarding the comments about Motian (whom our critic doesn't even identify by name), I could, and will, mention that his playing on this album is IMHO an important part of the trio's sound. He is a sensitive and tasteful player who was with Evans for some of his (Evans') finest music. However, rather than offer my opinion to support my argument, I'll simply appeal to authority, namely Evans himself. Evans chose to play with Motian from this album until the end of his time with Riverside (excluding the wonderful "Shelly's Manne-Hole" disc) and to state that Motian "... ain't nothing but a sad drummer." who "...destroyed Evans' music." is to imply that Evans was not an astute enough critic to recognize this destruction and thus maintained an ongoing relationship with a "sad" drummer throughout some of the most important years of his (Evans') career.
But enough said about our friend from WA. This disc has much to recommend it (as does any of Evans' work on Riverside): tasteful playing, great song selection, wonderful interplay, a taste of things to come (with the trio).