The Record Collection

Bill Evans Trio: Waltz for Debby (1961)

Riverside RLP-9399

Track list:

01 – My Foolish Heart
02 – Waltz for Debby (tk 2)
03 – Detour Ahead (tk 2)
04 – My Romance (tk 1)
05 – Some Other Time
06 – Milestones
+bonus tracks (not on original LP)
07 – Porgy (I Loves You, Porgy)
08 – discussing repertoire
09 – Waltz for Debby (tk 1)
10 – Detour Ahead (tk 1)
11 – My Romance (tk 2)


Bill Evans – piano
Scott LaFaro – bass
Paul Motian – drums

Recorded ‘live’ at the Village Vanguard, New York City; June 25, 1961

Produced by Orrin Keepnews
Recording Engineer: Dave Jones

Liner notes: Joe Goldberg

Original LP mastered at Plaza Sound Studios.
Original album design: Ken Deardoff

Front cover Photography: Donald Silverstein
Back liner Photography: Steve Schapiro

This was Bill Evans’ first trio. The album was the fourth and final effort from the unit—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.

The CD re-issue of the album contains several out-takes.
—wikipedia (Aug. 2012)