The song of the day for Thursday, December 30, 2021, is “Some Other Time.”
About This Song
“Some Other Time” was written by Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, for the 1944 musical On The Town, the story of three sailors on leave in New York City and their romantic adventures. This song is sung at the end by two of the couples. Inexplicably, this beautiful song was cut from the 1949 film version.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Bill Evans recorded “Some Other Time” in 1975 for their first album, The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album. This song had been in Evans’s repertoire since at least 1961 and appeared on several of his albums.
I plead guilty to playing this recording often. I think it’s the most perfect recording I’ve ever heard.
“Some Other Times,” as well as The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album is available on Apple Music.
I have a couple of other versions of today’s song. First is Bill Evans from The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, from 1961. He plays with his trio, with Paul Motian on drums and Scott LaFaro on bass. Tragically, LaFaro died in an automobile accident just a few weeks after the Village Vanguard. He was only 25, but in spite of his short career, he is ranked number 16 on Bass Player’s magazine of the top 100 bassists. Evans was consumed with grief after LaFaro’s death and stopped performing for several months.
I also have a lovely version of “Some Other Time” from a 1960 studio recording of On The Town.