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The talented Mr Baker sings and plays for lovers
on 29 October 2002
I'm amazed that no one has reviewed this fabulous CD - it's such a gem that I had to rectify this situation, in the hope a review might draw some people's attention to this album.
Subtitled "Chet Baker sings and plays for lovers", 'My Funny Valentine' gives Frank Sinatra's similarly themed albums of the same era a run for its money. There is no way any man or woman could fall for the winning combination of Chet Baker's breezy trumpet playing and gorgeous voice. Combined with his James Dean-style looks, one can easily see how he became jazz's first heart-throb. This album includes beautiful readings of such standards as "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Like Someone In Love" (as covered by Bjork on 'Debut') and of course, his definitive version of "My Funny Valentine" - a song that has been recorded by everyone from Elvis Costello, Nico, and Barbra Streisand to Miles Davis and (of course) Frank Sinatra. Chet Baker's version was the inspiration behind Matt Damon's rendition of this song in the film "the Talented Mr. Ripley."
Another standout is Chet's signature song, "Let's get lost", an exuberant love song that really swings.
If you are having a special evening with a certain someone and want to set the mood, this album is perfect - with a smoky, lights down low feel.
Incidentally, if the melody to "Isn't It Romantic?" sounds familiar - it appears midway through the infamous Frank Zappa song "Punky's Whips"!
if you enjoy this, check out the similarly themed "Embraceable You" (also on pacific jazz) and "the Italian sessions".