Waltz For Debby

Label
Firefly Entertainment
Release date
5 May 2008
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
66:40

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 My Foolish Heart 4:58 39,882
2 Waltz for Debby (Take 2) 6:55 30,260
3 Detour Ahead (Take 2) 7:35 12,392
4 My Romance (Take 1) 7:12 23,758
5 Some Other Time 6:10 20,419
6 Milestones 6:33 26,070
7 Waltz For Debby (Take 1) 6:50 10,192
8 Detour Ahead (Take 1) 7:18 9,551
9 My Romance (Take 2) 7:11 8,917
10 Porgy (I Loves You, Porgy) 5:58 6,303

About this album

Waltz for Debby is an album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans and his Trio consisting of Evans, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian, originally released in 1961.

This was Bill Evans’ first trio. The album was the fourth and final effort from the unit. Scott LaFaro died in a car accident just ten days after the live date at the Village Vanguard from which Waltz for Debby and its predecessor, Sunday at the Village Vanguard were taken. The loss of LaFaro hit Evans hard, and he went into a brief seclusion. When Evans returned to the trio format later in 1962, it was with Motian and noted bassist Chuck Israels.

The title track, a musical portrait of Evans’ niece, became a staple of his live repertoire in later years. It originally appeared as a solo piano piece on Evans’ debut album, New Jazz Conceptions. It remains what is likely Evans’ most well-known song, one that he would play throughout his career.

Reception
This album is widely considered to be one of the best in the Evans canon, and the type of emotive interplay between the musicians that at some points seemed almost deconstructed has served as a model for piano trio play.

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Thom Jurek wrote of the album: “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… Of the many recordings Evans issued, the two Vanguard dates and Explorations are the ultimate expressions of his legendary trio.

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