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The talented Mr Baker sings and plays for lovers,
This review is from: My Funny Valentine (Audio CD)
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".
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2011, 20:29:58 BST
Fully agree. Chet Baker had it all - the talent, the looks, and the voice. I've often thought of his similarity to James Dean. His tragic dependence on narcotics destroyed his looks and gangsters nearly destroyed his embouchure. He remains one of the great players - fatally flawed, like Art Pepper ( amongst others!) - but a must listen experience. PS that should read "couldn't" after man or woman ( above!!)
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