WALTZES FOR DEBBY, MONICA, JOHNNY & TONY — BILL EVANS & A BIG P.S. BY ERROLL GARNER

max1314607194-front-coverSince I’ve heard Bill Evans’ “Waltz For Debby” for the very first time (’round 1981, when I was in love with a certain Katinka Zemlinski) I can’t get enough of it.

For finishing 2013 in a peacefully swinging way, I’ve collected the most interesting renditions of this beautiful gem for your listening and watching pleasure.

Now, here they are (a load of thanks to JazzTube!), all those waltzes for little Debby, instrumentally performed by Bill Evans; then with English & Swedish lyrics, interpreted by Johnny Hartman, Monica Zetterlund, Tony Bennett, The (really wonderful!) Real Group, and Eliane Elias who provides the latest rendition of “Waltz For Debby”.

Blog owner’s note: Feel free to click on the links, they will lead you to LP’s/ CD’s, or to the discographies/ websites of some of the performers.

Enjoy!

Yours truly,
Brew

Bill Evans (solo), “New Jazz Conceptions”, September 27, 1956:

Bill Evans (p) Scott LaFaro (b) Paul Motian (d), Village Vanguard, NYC, 1961:

Johnny Hartman (voc) Hank Jones (p) Richard Davis (b) Osie Johnson (d) Willie Rodriguez (perc) – September 22 & 24, 1964 ->>>—–> Important note: The video itself has a weird picture, but the sound is much better than at the other, featuring the album cover; so, please click on the cover… it will open in a new browser window. ;) :

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Bill Evans (p) Chuck Israels (b) Larry Bunker (d) – BBC Studios, London, March 19, 1965:

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TV broadcast with Monica Zetterlund & The Bill Evans Trio, 1965; plus some comments by the older Monica:

– Swedish lyrics by Beppe Wolgers:

Enkel, vacker, öm
Är min vals melodi
min vals fantasi
En sång i en dröm.
Sakta morgon ljus
strömmar över vårt fönster, ritar ett mönster på alla hus
Just den dag, den vackra dag jag lärde mig säga vi
kom den till världen min vals melodi
Enkel, Vacker, öm
Och den påminner mig om hundratals dar som jag varit med dig
Både vinter och vår och i höst och igår
Våra dagar är bara för korta, plötsligen ringer min klocka
Upp med dig klockan är åtta
Väldig, vänlig, stark
Kommer solen med dagen den vackra staden badar i ljus
Väldig, vänlig, stark har du visat mig världen
för mig så är den vacker och ljus
På oss två väntar miljoner dagar
Åh här är vi och världen sjunger min vals melodi
Enkel, vacker, öm
valsen påminner mig om hundratals dar som jag varit med dig
Både vinter och vår, och i höst och igår
Och alla dagar som kommer, Nu är det sommar i tusen år.

Monica Zetterlund (voc)  Bill Evans (p)  Eddie Gomez (b)  Alex Riel (d) – Rehearsal, Copenhagen, October 1966:

Tony Bennett & Bill Evans, 1975:

– English lyrics by Gene Lees:

In her own sweet world
Populated by dolls and clowns
and a prince and a big purple bear.

Lives my favorite girl,
unaware of the worried frowns
that we weary grown ups all wear.

In the sun she dances to silent music,
songs that are spun of gold
somewhere in her own little head.

One day all too soon
she’ll grow up and she’ll leave her dolls
and her prince and her silly old bear.

When she goes they will cry
as they whisper “Good-bye.”
They will miss her I fear
but then so will I.

The Real Group, Stockholm 2006:

Eliane Elias (p, voc) Marc Johnson (b) Adam Nussbaum (d) — 2008:

Erroll Garner_Plays MistyFor an equally marvelous P.S., here’s “The Real Group” again (singing with themselves), and their masterful, very emotional interpretation of Erroll Garner’s timeless “Misty”:

2nd P.S. — Erroll Garner should have the very last word, don’t you agree? — Listen to his original “Misty”:

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One Response to WALTZES FOR DEBBY, MONICA, JOHNNY & TONY — BILL EVANS & A BIG P.S. BY ERROLL GARNER

  1. Phil from Philly says:

    Thanks for Eliane! Lovely.

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