Being Such As You – Walter Davis, Jr
Recorded for the first time by jazzleadsheets.com, this dreamy ballad shows the powerful lyric and song writing of Walter Davis Jr. Exclusive MP3s available: full track and Minus You practice track without vocals.
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- Recording: Nancy Valentine - The JazzLeadSheets Songbook
- Recorded on: May 27, 2003
- Label: jazzleadsheets.com (JLS 1011)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano, C4 to A4
- Style: Ballad
- Vocal - Nancy Valentine
- Piano - Cecilia Coleman
- Bass - Tim Givens
- Drums - Vince Cherico
There is a rhythm section pick up of four eighth notes that sets off each A section of this 32-measure AABA ballad which you'll hear starting our audio excerpt.
Lyric Description: A Being Such As You describes a person’s sense that they have encountered a new lover in a dream or even a past life, and explores the excitement and intrigue that’s developing now that the pair are embarked on a romance.
No-vocal version: The complete song is available in MP3 format without the vocal track, so you can work on your own interpretation.
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September 2, 1932 – June 2, 1990
Walter's piano playing was influenced strongly by Bud Powell, and he had that Bud Powell energy in his piano playing. Like many of the other talented players coming up in the 1950s, Walter's ears were wide open to everything good. For example, he listened to Stravinsky with Bird and Dizzy, and in later years, you could find Walter hanging with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. Read more...