The Song of the Day for August 18, 2012 is Waltz for Debby.
About Waltz for Debby
Bill Evans wrote Waltz for Debby in 1956. The Debby in the song was his three-year-old niece. Written originally as an instrumental piece, lyrics were later written by Gene Lees. Even though the waltz meter has never been popular in jazz, Waltz for Debby has become a jazz classic. In addition to his Evans’ own recordings of the piece, it was also recorded by other jazz musicians, including Oscar Peterson and Johnny Hartman.
About This Version
Bennett and Evans recorded Waltz for Debby for their 1975 The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album. It features a lengthy piano solo section by Evans.