Jazz waltz

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This article is about the musical style. For the album by Les McCann & The Jazz Crusaders, see Jazz Waltz (album). For the album by Shorty Rogers, see Jazz Waltz (Shorty Rogers album).

A Jazz waltz is a waltz in jazz style, thus played in a syncopated 3/4.

Familiar jazz waltzes[edit]

A few familiar jazz waltzes are: "My Favorite Things", "Jitterbug Waltz", Vince Guaraldi's "What Child Is This" (a.k.a.) "Greensleeves", and "Skating" from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Notable jazz waltzes[edit]

The following were either composed as jazz waltzes, or are frequently played as such.

Title Composer, (lyricist) Year Recording artist Notes (album)
34 Skidoo Bill Evans 1962 Bill Evans How My Heart Sings!
A Child Is Born Thad Jones, (Alec Wilder) 1969 Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Big Band Consummation a.o.
Afro Blue in arrangement by John Coltrane Mongo Santamaría 1959 John Coltrane Live at Birdland, 1963
Alice in Wonderland Sammy Fain, (Bob Hilliard) 1951 The Mellomen with The Jud Conlon Chorus for Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland
All Blues Miles Davis 1959 Miles Davis Kind of Blue
And We Say Goodbye to the Perfumed Garden Big Lil Big Lil from John Peel's radio show
Baubles, Bangles, & Beads Robert Wright, (George Forrest) 1953 Peggy Lee from the musical Kismet
Bésame Mucho Consuelo Velázquez 1940 Wes Montgomery Boss Guitar, 1963Wes' version is a waltz, although the original version is a bolero.
Black Narcissus Joe Henderson 1974 Joe Henderson Black Narcissus, 1976
Blues for a Four-String Guitar Lou Rawls 1962 Lou Rawls Black and Blue and Tobacco Road
Blue Daniel Frank Rosalino
Bluesette Toots Thielemans, (Norman Gimbel) 1962 Toots Thielemans
Blue Frenzy Freddie Hubbard 1964 Freddie Hubbard Breaking Point
Dance Cadaverous Wayne Shorter 1965 Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil
Delphia Freddie Hubbard 1970 Freddie Hubbard Red Clay
Effi Stanley Cowell 1968 Max Roach Members, Don't Git Weary
Elsa Earl Zinders
Emily Johnny Mandel, (Johnny Mercer) 1966 Bill Evans Trio (and solo) first rec. solo for Further Conversations with Myself, 1967, Re: Person I Knew, trio rec. from 1974
Footprints Wayne Shorter 1966 Miles Davis Quintet Miles Smiles, (debatable whether an actual waltz)
Full House Wes Montgomery 1962 Wes Montgomery Quintet Full House
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Smokey Robinson
Grandfather's Waltz Lasse Färnlof, Gene Lees 1964 Stan Getz Stan Getz & Bill Evans and with João Gilberto on Getz/Gilberto Vol. 2
Havana Smooth[1] Lee Jackson (composer) 1994 Lee Jackson (composer) from the soundtrack of Rise of the Triad
Hollandse Nieuwe Joe Vanenkhuizen
How My Heart Sings! Earl Zindars 1962 Bill Evans How My Heart Sings!
Hello Young Lovers Wes Montgomery
The Inch Worm Frank Loesser
It Ain't Necessarily So George Gershwin from the musical Porgy and Bess
Jitterbug Waltz Fats Waller 1942 Fats Waller and His Rhythm a favourite of Eric Dolphy and David Murray
Ju Ju Wayne Shorter 1964 Wayne Shorter
Kathy's Waltz Dave Brubeck 1959 Dave Brubeck Time Out
Last Tango in Paris Gato Barbieri
Little B's Poem Bobby Hutcherson 1966
Little Niles Randy Weston 1958 Randy Weston
Lover Dave Brubeck 1955 Dave Brubeck
Mamzelle Zizi Dr. John & Donald Harrison 2000 Funky New Orleans
Midnite Soul Freddie Hubbard 1969 Freddie Hubbard A Soul Experiment
My Favorite Things Richard Rodgers, (Oscar Hammerstein II) 1959 John Coltrane My Favorite Things, 1961. Originally from the musical The Sound of Music
Night Dreamer Wayne Shorter 1964 Wayne Shorter Night Dreamer
Simone Frank Foster
Skating in Central Park John Lewis
Some Day My Prince Will Come Frank Churchill, (Larry Morey) 1937 Miles Davis Quintet Some Day My Prince Will Come, 1961. Originally from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Soul Surge Freddie Hubbard Freddie Hubbard
Summer in Central Park Horace Silver Horace Silver
Sweet Lady Monty Alexander Monty Alexander
Tenderly Walter Gross
The Girl Next Door Ahmad Jamal 1958 Ahmad Jamal Ahmad's Blues
Three to Get Ready Dave Brubeck 1959 Dave Brubeck Time Out
Three Views of a Secret Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
Three Wishes Donald Byrd Donald Byrd
Ugly Beauty Thelonious Monk 1967 Thelonious Monk Quartet Underground
Up Jumped Spring Freddie Hubbard 1981 Freddie Hubbard Born to Be Blue
Valse Hot Sonny Rollins 1956 Sonny Rollins Quintet Sonny Rollins Plus 4
Valse Triste Wayne Shorter 1965 Wayne Shorter The Soothsayer
Very Early Bill Evans 1962 Bill Evans Trio Moon Beams
Waltz for Debby Bill Evans 1956 Bill Evans New Jazz Conceptions, and Waltz for Debby, 1961
Waltz New Jim Hall 1978 Jim Hall Jim Hall and Red Mitchell, (based on the changes to Someday My Prince Will Come)
West Coast Blues Wes Montgomery 1960 Wes Montgomery Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
Wild Flower Wayne Shorter 1965 Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil
Windows Chick Corea 1966 Chick Corea Inner Space, 1973

Jazz waltzes in Pop[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Rock & Blues Rock[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Folk & Electric Folk[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Progressive & Indie Rock[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Psychedelic Rock[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Argentinian Progressive Rock[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Danish Pop[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Finnish Progressive Rock[edit]

Jazz waltzes in French Jazz Pop[edit]

Jazz waltzes in German Progressive Rock[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Italian Jazz Rock[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Japanese Smooth Jazz[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Norwegian Pop & Folk Pop[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Romanian Rock[edit]

  • "Într-un cer violet" (Sfinx), 1984

Jazz waltzes in Swedish Jazz Pop[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Swedish Psychedelic & Alternative Rock[edit]

Jazz waltzes in Swedish Hip Hop[edit]

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