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Waltz for Debby [Vinyl]
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  • The 2002 edition of this CD (JVC catalog #XRC 220) is a sonically improved version which replaces JVC catalog #XRCD 60141.
  • WALTZ FOR DEBBY, along with SUNDAY AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD, contains material from Scott LaFaro's final recording session with the Bill Evans Trio. He died 10 days later.
  • Bill Evans Trio: Bill Evans (piano); Scott LaFaro (bass); Paul Motian (drums).
  • Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York, New York on June 25, 1961. Originally released on Riverside (9399). Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg.
  • Digitally remastered by JVC using XRCD (Extended Resolution Compact Disc) technology.
  • WALTZ FOR DEBBY, along with SUNDAY AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD, contains material from Scott LaFaro's final recording session with the Bill Evans Trio. He died 10 days later.
  • Bill Evans Trio: Bill Evans (piano); Scott LaFaro (bass); Paul Motian (drums).
  • Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York, New York on June 25, 1961. Originally released on Riverside (9399). Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg.
  • 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. [An LP version was released in 2011.] ~ Thom Jurek
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