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  APJ 9399
  Bill Evans Trio: Waltz For Debby
  "Waltz For Debby"

Bill Evans Trio
Track listing:
  1. My Foolish Heart
2. Waltz For Debby
3. Detour Ahead
4. My Romance
5. Some Other Time
6. Milestones
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Review by AmirKessner September 16, 2005 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
Years ago, having heard this was one of the best jazz records ever, I bought the CD, finding it indifferently mastered and mildly boring. In view of the high regard for this recording, I have retried it every now and then, reestablishing the same impressions.

The SACD reincarnation transformed all this. Listening to the same music has become infinitely more involving, a sensual experience.

Yes, the recording has its very apparent shortcomings: the piano, slightly coarse, comes out of the right speaker only; the drums and the somewhat bigger-than-life double-bass come from the left speaker only; there is hardly any middle, except for audience noises.

However, what presence and tangibility! In spite of these shortcomings and being "only stereo", this is still one of the best-sounding SACDs I have had the pleasure of hearing. Actually, audience noises and clicking of glasses only add to the feeling of "being THERE", much more so than, say, in the audiophile classic Jazz at the Pawnshop, Vol. 1 - Arne Domnerus in its newer (2005) remastering. Recommended!

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Review by JW May 20, 2003 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
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This is the second (live) album cut from an afternoon session at New York's Village Vanguard jazz club in 1961. The first album is called "Sunday At The Village Vanguard" (SATVV is reviewed here on* as well). "Waltz For Debbie" is different in that it is a more even portrait of the Bill Evans trio as a band. SATVV is really a tribute to Scott LaFaro (bass) who died 10 days after the recording session. LaFaro is an outstanding bass player and I recommend you get the other disc as well.

The session opens with a romantic ballad (My Foolish Hart). This sets the tone for this entire album which contains predominantly slow(er) jazz. It's beautifully played with Evans' clear and articulate touch and LaFaro and Paul Motian's (drums) tasteful work as the trio's rhythmn section. Despite the slow nature of most of these tunes the album does not suffer from sleepiness - 'Milestones' and the title track are uptempo anyway. The signature of the trio is clearly felt as they insert a certain amount of drive and swing even into the slower parts. This is done by an interesting bass fill, or a few uptempo brushes on the cymbals or a quick solo on the piano. It works very well because it keeps your attention and it keeps the songs interesting.

The sonics are great, but not as good as the SATVV SACD - both disc's are honest to the mastertapes and WFD has a few drop-outs here and there . Both are highly recommended and for many they are the ultimate Bill Evans Trio discs.


PS: * - of course this review was written before the name change of this site [it's now Sept-2005)

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Review by willyevans October 18, 2003 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
As with the SACD version of "Sunday at the Village Vanguard" this version of "Waltz for Debby" is the best this session has ever sounded in a digital format (only the 2 LP 45RPM version sounds better IMO). The CD layer on this SACD is also a big improvement over the regular CD and XRCD versions.

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