Bill Evans: Six Vocal Versions - JazzWax

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July 21, 2009


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Marc, I'm surprised you left Eliane Elias' latest off the list! have you heard it?

Jon Foley

I can only think that you're not aware of this CD, otherwise you would have listed at least one of the songs on it in this post. I'm talking about the CD "Blue In Green" (Telarc) by Tierney Sutton, arguably the finest jazz singer of the present era.
She does 13 songs either associated with, or written by Bill Evans, among which are the Meredith D'Ambrosio lyrics to "Blue In Green" and Gene Lees' lyrics for "Turn Out The Stars" and "Waltz For Debby." She also does a version of "We Will Meet Again" for which no lyricist is listed, but should be - be prepared to pull out your handkerchief for that one.
And unfortunately, her producer perpetuates the myth by listing Miles Davis as the composer of "Blue In Green."
Definitely - hear this recording.

Red Colm O'Sullivan

Wow! What's that story of the great Meredith D'Ambrosio and Coltrane? You really have my attention: I didn't know she was around then at all... More details, please! (Perhaps, so, she'd make a great interview subject - five parts, please).

David Evans

Hi Marc. Always a pleasure.

Have you heard Nancy King and Steve Christofferson with the Metropole Orchestra performing Waltz for Debby? The CD is called Straight Into Your Heart.

Nancy and Steve are both incredible musicians. They had a standing Tuesday night at (the late) Jazz De Opus in Portland for years.

I think their Dreamlands CDs are more representative of what they do than the Metropole session, but what a great orchestra, and such nice writing.


David Evans

Gerry Hill


Thanks for these. One on my short list, for what it's worth, is Hilde Hefte singing "My Bells."


Rob Rijneke

Hello Marc

As an addendum the next female vocalists interpretated Bill Evans' songs. Karin Gallinger on "Remember Bill Evans", Eliane Elias
on "Something For You", Hilde Hefte on "Playsong", Tierney Sutton on "Blue In Green", Roseanne Vitro on "Thoughts Of Bill Evans",
Monica Zetterlund on "Bill Remembered",
Sylvia Syms on "Then Along Came Bill", Silvia Perez with the Joan Diaz Trio on "We Sing

Bill Evans", Elene Dee on "I Do It For Your Love, Bill", Jeanie Bryson on Don Sebesky's album "I Remember Bill", and the Dutch

album "Het Kwartet (Thijs Borsten) Sings And Plays Bill Evans.

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