Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby (1961)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Bill Evans
Title Waltz For Debby
Length 65:48 Discs: 1 Tracks: 10
Format HQ 192+ kbps Packaging Jewel Case
Label Riverside Cat. Number OJCCD-210-2
Style Bop Rating
Recorded live 1961-06-25  in  Village Vanguard, NYC
Musicians Credits
Bill Evans piano
Scott LaFaro bass
Paul Motian drums
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Engineer David Jones
Mastering Joe Tarantino
Mastering Doug Sax
Track list
My foolish heart (Washington/Young) 04:55
Waltz For Debby (Take 2) (Evans/Lees) 07:01
Waltz For Debby (Take 1) (Evans/Lees) 06:49
Detour Ahead (Take 2) (Carter) 07:39
Detour Ahead (Take 1) (Carter) 07:14
My romance (Take 1) (Hart/Rodgers) 07:14
My romance (Take 2) (Hart/Rodgers) 07:15
Some other time (Bernstein/Comden/Green) 05:07
Milestones (Davis) 06:37
Porgy (I loves you, Porgy) (Gershwin) 05:57
AMG Review (5):
Recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1961, shortly before Scott LaFaro's death, Waltz for Debby is the second album issued from that historic session, and the final one from that legendary trio that also contained drummer Paul Motian. While the Sunday at the Village Vanguard album focused on material where LaFaro soloed prominently, this is far more a portrait of the trio on those dates. Evans chose the material here, and, possibly, in some unconscious way, revealed on these sessions — and the two following LaFaro's death (Moonbeams and How My Heart Sings) — a different side of his musical personality that had never been displayed on his earlier solo recordings or during his tenures with Miles Davis and George Russell: Evans was an intensely romantic player, flagrantly emotional, and that is revealed here in spades on tunes such as "My Foolish Heart" and "Detour Ahead." There is a kind of impressionistic construction to his harmonic architecture that plays off the middle registers and goes deeper into its sonances in order to set into motion numerous melodic fragments simultaneously. The rhythmic intensity that he displayed as a sideman is evident here in "Milestones," with its muscular shifting time signature and those large, flatted ninths with the right hand. The trio's most impressive interplay is in "My Romance," after Evans' opening moments introducing the changes. Here Motian's brushwork is delicate, flighty and elegant, and LaFaro controls the dynamic of the tune with his light as a feather pizzicato work and makes Evans' deeply emotional statements swing effortlessly. Of the many recordings Evans issued, the two Vanguard dates and Explorations are the ultimate expressions of his legendary trio. — Thom Jurek