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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Waltz for Debby

Roly drew my attention to this YouTube clip of the Bill Evans Trio playing "Waltz For Debby. That tune is one of the most beautiful jazz originals ever and this version is as good as any that Bill recorded, and he did record a few. Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian drums are the perfect soulmates with, as Roly pointed out, great brushwork from Paul Motian.
Strangely, the first time I heard "Waltz for Debby" was as a vocal at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival. It was also the first time I ever heard Carol Kidd - talk about falling in love twice at the same time!
I wasn't alone. Fred Hunt was standing next to me at the bar and he said, "I normally can't stand singers but that was something else!"
I couldn't have agreed more.
Unfortunately there's not much of Carol on YouTube to convey that magical moment 25 years ago but "When I Dream" hints at it. "Can't We Be Friends," entertaining as it is, was a more recent recording and...

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Hi Lance and Roly
Nice to see your blog feature on the Bill Evans Trio clip on YouTube.
However, you’re a little out as to the personnel. This was a BBC “Jazz 625” film recorded 19th. March 1965 in London, and Bill had Chuck Israels on bass and Larry Bunker on drums. I have this on a video tape – remember those? – and this version was a repeat broadcast on BBC2, and was introduced by Mick Hucknall of Simply Red. Where did he go wrong?
Best regards
Jack

Lance said...

Where indeed? I've got Mick doing "You Are Too Beautiful" which he does admirably.
Thanks Jack.

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