The song of the day for Sunday, August 16, 2020, is “Some Other Time.”
Today The Year of Tony Bennett is celebrating the birthday of one of America’s finest jazz pianists–Bill Evans. William John Evans was born on August 16, 1929, in Plainfield, New Jersey. Evans was classically trained at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Mannes School of Music, where he majored in composition and received the Artist Diploma. In 1955, he moved to New York City, where he worked with bandleader and theorist George Russell. In 1958, Evans joined Miles Davis’s sextet, and in 195, recorded Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time.
In late 1959, Evans left the Miles Davis band and began his career as a leader, with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian, a group now regarded as a seminal modern jazz trio. In 1961, ten days after finishing an engagement at the New York Village Vanguard jazz club, LaFaro died in a car accident. After months of seclusion, Evans reemerged with a new trio, featuring bassist Chuck Israels.
Tony Bennett fans are familiar with the two albums he made with Tony Bennett in the 1970s: The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and Together Again.
Bill Evans died on September 15, 1980, at the age of 51.
About This Song
“Some Other Time” was composed in 1944 by Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden. It was written for the 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 The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album.
“Some Other Time,” as well as The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album, is available from Apple Music.