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BILL EVANS: WALTZ FOR DEBBY (2 CDs)

BILL EVANS: WALTZ FOR DEBBY (2 CDs)

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When pianist Bill Evans died at the age of 51 in 1980, he had established a different approach to tackling the art of jazz piano. His view on improvisation encompassed a whole new outlook with regard to keyboard exploration, constantly rejecting the ugly or the inappropriate, always seeking the perfect and profound, encompassing great subtlety, sophistication, taste and reflection. His group featuring Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian was regarded as one of the most potent forces of its day; the line-up's final recording being 'Waltz For Debby', a disc emanating from a stay at New York's Village Vanguard in June 1961. Our second disc is 'The Ivory Hunters', a dual piano date with rhythm section with Bob Brookmeyer.


CD 1 Waltz For Debby

1. My Foolish Heart (4:58)
(Young/Washington)

2. Waltz for Debby [Take 2] (7:00)
(Evans)

3. Detour Ahead" [Take 2] (7:37)
(Carter/Ellis/Frigo)

4. My Romance [Take 1] (7:13)
(Rodgers/Hart)

5. Some Other Time (5:11)
(Bernstein/Comden/Green)

6. Milestones (6:30)
(Davis)

Original Album Produced By Orrin Keepnews
Recorded June 25th, 1961,
At The Village Vanguard, New York City
Originally Released On Riverside Records (RLP-399)

Personnel:
Bill Evans – Piano
Scott LaFaro – Bass
Paul Motian – Drums


CD 2 The Ivory Hunters (with Bob Brookmeyer)

1. Honeysuckle Rose (5:55)
(Waller)

2. As Time Goes By (6:58)
(Hupfeld)

3. The Way You Look Tonight (7:41)
(Kern/Fields)

4. It Could Happen to You (7:28)
(Van Heusen/Burke)

5. The Man I Love (5:58)
(Gershwin)

6. I Got Rhythm (8:34)
(Gershwin)

Original Album Recorded March 12th, 1959, New York City
Originally Released On United Artists Records (LP 6044)

Personnel:
Bill Evans - piano
Bob Brookmeyer - Piano
Percy Heath - Bass
Connie Kay - Drums