In the Style of Bill Evans

Waltz for Debby (1964 album)
Waltz for Debby (1964 album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bill Evan's sound was marked by the use of tone clusters and chords voiced in intervals of fourths. One of his most-loved compositions is "Waltz for Debby," a beautiful jazz waltz which integrated complex harmonies with a soft, flowing melody line.

Bill Evans joined Miles Davis in 1958 and together they influenced the development of modal jazz. He was also a pianist most at home in a trio, one in which he would often feature "collective improvising." His melancholy, sensitive lyrical melodies played over rhythmically and harmonically complex song structures, created some of jazz's most memorable music.

Play the song, Waltz for Debby in 3/4 time signature, moderate and subdued.

Here is the chord chart to Waltz for Debby.

C/G

E7/G#

Am

C7/G

Fm7

Bb7

Gsus4

D7(b5)

F#m7

Fm7

Em7

Ab7/Eb

Dm7(sus4)

G(b5)

C/G

F

B

Em

Fm

C/G

G7

C/G

G7

Fm

C/E



I thought I would post the chords I am playing. There's block and broken chords throughout the song.

L.H. / R.H.

GBCE/G

G#CDF/E

ABCE/B

GBbCF/C,D,E,G (single notes)

FAbBbEb/EbGAb

BbF/GCE

BbEb/AbDbF

GAD/C

DGbAbC/D, Eb, C (single notes)

F#CA/E, D, C, B (single notes)

FGAbC/EbAbC

EA/DGB

EbAb/DbGbBb, Ab

DFG/G, C, F, C (single notes)

GBC#/G

GBCE/G

EFA/FA

B/EbAbC

/DGBb

EGAD/DG, B, C,

FBb/EbAbC, Bb, A

GBCE/G, C, E, A (single notes) *

GCDF/G, F, C, A (single notes) * repeat (4 times)

FBb/EbAbC, Bb, Ab

EAD/F#, G, B, D, A, F#

Immediate download for the sheet music can be find here

Awhile back I posted about Bill Evans. You can see the older post http://pianodiana.blogspot.com/2012/04/bouncin-with-bill-e.html

Also, you may be interested in a music dvd, Gospel Keys202

Best wishes on this Blue Monday!





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