Phil Woods

Goodbye Mr. Evans


Four page, three stave piano sheet with lead line, chord symbols and lyric by Steve Allen.

This is as close as I have ever gotten to a hit. (Except for making Billy Joel a star!) Ahmad Jamal, Tommy Flanagan, Kirk Lightsey, Bill Mays, Scott Hamilton and Bill Charlap have recorded the song; Scott recorded it with a large orchestra and a great arrangement by Alan Broadbent. Steve Allen liked the song so much he put a lyric to it. So far no one has sung it. When Bill died it was a tragic loss to the music world and a traumatic event for his family and friends, of which I was one. We were talking about doing a project together. This song took over a year to complete. The gestation period was lengthy and arduous. I think it is one of my best.

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