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This is a great recording. Not polished like today’s recordings but more real. It feels as though I am in the room with the musicians.
This album is a best seller to have. The beauty ot the piano sound is magnificent and a beautiful purity about the voice of Monica Zetterlund songer. I love her voice a lot. When you listen to this album, all emotion is present because of this preserved sound quality i judge so analog. I recommend it highly.
After going through treatment for drug addiction, pianist Bill Evans went home to his mother in Ormond Beach Florida. One day there was a package on the doorstep, containing an Open Reel Tape from Sweden. It was the producer Göte Wilhelmsson who had taken a wild chance, sending Monica's version of "Waltz for Debbie". Bill Evans, who was in a rather poor shape, got overwhelmed. He had never imagined someone singing his song, at least not that way, so he wrote a four-page (!) long answer. "I do not usually throw superlatives around me but I'm genuinely excited about Monica Zetterlund. Love her, I just love her voice ... Suddenly I long coming to Sweden.” The rest is history….. In August 1964, during a 4 hour session, the album “Waltz for Debbie” was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden. This album is considered among one the best Swedish-produced jazz discs ever made. So, when HDTT now give us the opportunity to enjoy this great album, directly from the master tapes, no one should hesitate – buy it! Thank you!
Even fans of early Bill Evans may not be aware of this vocal album his trio recorded with Swedish vocalist Monica Zetterlund. She's a fine exponent of the cool school who shines most brightly on the Swedish folk songs but negotiates the standards with style as well. Her accent does not interfere with her interpretations, though finally you may find her emotional range limited. The trio itself accompanies her with great taste, though Bill solos only a few times on this fairly brief (thirty minutes or so) release. Not an essential part of the Evans myth but well worth a listen if you like the June Christy et al style of female singer.
This is the first DSD recording available for the famous jazz singer Monica Zetterlund perpetuating the tradition of Swedish jazz. At the same time, this is a fine example of her collaboration with Bill Evans through American jazz standards as well as Swedish songs
Title: Waltz For Debby
Artist(s): Vocals – Monica Zetterlund
Double Bass – Chuck Israels
Drums – Larry Bunker
Piano – Bill Evans
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Producer – Göte Wilhelmson
Recorded by Philips at Europa Film Studio August 23, 1964
1 Come Rain Or Come Shine 4:37
2 Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa 2:49
3 Once Upon A Summertime 3:00
4 So Long Big Time 3:46
5 Monicas Vals 2:44
6 Lucky To Be Me 3:33
7 Vindarne Sucka Uti Skogarna 3:01
8 It Could Happen To You 2:57
9 Some Other Time 5:32
10 Om Natten 1:41
Total Time: 33:40
Digital re-mastering in DSD256 :
Merging Technology Editing software with the
Hapi Analog to Digital converter