fr. Wikipedia: The waltz (from German: walzer) is a ballroom and folk dance, normally in triple time, performed primarily in closed position. A jazz waltz is a waltz in jazz style, thus played in a syncopated 3/4.
Shocking many when it was first introduced, the waltz became fashionable in Vienna around the 1780s, spreading to many other countries in the years to follow. According to contemporary singer Michael Kelly, it reached England in 1791.
Given that early jazz was intended for dancing, it was inevitable that many of the first jazz recordings were based on foxtrots (video) and waltzes brought the previous century from Europe. Many dance crazes during the jazz age (the ‘Roaring Twenties’), such as the Charleston, were derived from dances brought from Africa by slaves shipped to America. Other dances arrived from Latin America: these included the tango, rumba, and samba.
The Jazz Age Waltz had a less directional and kinetic style with partners swaying back-and-forth or moving in a linear manner rather than pivoting around a circle. But partners still embraced.
It was inevitable that variations in dance steps would be developed, and given names as the waltz craze adapted to the cultures of the countries it passed through, However, it requires research beyond IndoJazzia’s competence to discover why there should be a French waltz called La Java.
In brief, the Java was a distinctly French Waltz variation danced to a bouncy 3/4 beat. The distinction between a Java and a Waltz was not a clear bright line. Bouncy moderate tempo Waltzes, which sound a bit like a Victorian Waltz-Mazurka, were definitely ‘Java’, but the film evidence suggests that individual styling and step choices were all over the map, with a lot of dancers doing their own particular favorite style to most any tempo, whether it be a Java type step or something else. (video)
With the excitement engendered through the twirling while dancing in an embrace, there is a romantic ambiance to the music. This is made even clearer when one looks at the titles; the composers often have someone in mind to compose for.
Perhaps the most famous jazz waltz of all is Bill Evans’ Waltz for Debby which was written for his niece. It was a track on his debut album New Jazz Conceptions released in 1957, and he continued to play it throughout his career. It continues to be an inspiration for jazz musicians and, indeed, is the reason for our compilation.
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01. Richard Thompson – Waltzing’s For Dreamers
02. Oscar Peterson – Waltz For Debby
03. Dudley Moore – Waltz For Suzy
04. Kenny Barron & Dave Holland – Waltz For K.W.
05. Tete Montoliu – Waltz For Nicolien
06. Iiro Rantala – One More Waltz For Michel Petrucciani
07. Eddie Palmier – Waltz For My Grandchildren
08. Gary Burton & Julian Lage – Waltz For A Lovely Wife
09. Ian Bellamy – My Waltz For Newk
10. Maurizio Brunod & Miroslav Vitous – Waltz For Joe
11. Mahavishnu John McLaughlin – Waltz For Bill Evans
12. Tony Bennett & Bill Evans – Waltz For Debby
13. Viktoria Tolstoy – Waltz For The Lonely Ones
14. Art Lande & Jan Garbarek – Waltz For A
Bill Evans, piano, with Chuck Israels, bass, Larry Bunker, drums