Grandfather’s Waltz is a wonderful song recorded by Bill Evans and Stan Getz in 1964 (the Stan Getz & Bill Evans album) and again live in 1974 (on But Beautiful, recorded on a live date in Holland). I transcribed Bill Evans’ piano solo from the 1974 live album – which I think is quite a little masterpiece. The form of the song was strange, though.
This is From the Stan Getz & Bill Evans album (1964 – with Getz on tenor, Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums). I love the 8 bar tacit solo breaks in this arrangement. This was my first serious transcription attempt, and I should go back and get the second chorus and some of the harmony.
The Complete Bill Evans on Verve box set includes a lot of outtakes from this album, including one or two where Bill stops in frustration on a tacit solo section. There are other delightful moments from the recording of this album, like when Stan Getz starts playing Dark Eyes, and Bill comes in with a honky-tonk stride piano part. This is the only recorded example I know of where Bill Evans plays stride piano.