My Funny Valentines

I’m not really into all this St Valentine’s Day nonsense (meaning: “I never get any cards”), but at least it provides me with an excuse to post three versions of the great Rogers & Hart ballad  My Funny Valentine.

The first is by the great Miles Davis Quintet featuring Miles Davis on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter bass and Tony Williams on drums. This was recorded live in Milan on October 11th 1964. There’s a slight distortion in the sound in the form of a pre-echo, which is a bit eery, but I still think it’s a marvellous performance.

And if Miles Davis isn’t your cup of tea, here is something completely different. It’s by Julie London, but very late in her career in 1981 when she was 55. Her voice was much smoother in her heyday in the 1960s, but I love the smokey sound of this very characterful rendition. By ear I’d say the bass player on this is Ray Brown and the guitar is Barney Kessel, both of whom (like Julie London herself) are no longer with us.

Last one up is a miracle of joint improvisation between the great Bill Evans on piano and Jim Hall on guitar, the sort of music that mere mortals can only dream of…

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One Response to “My Funny Valentines”

  1. In the font in my browser, it looks like ‘My Runny Valentine’. Those are the best kind. 🙂

    Those who watched television in the States in the 1970s might remember Julie London from the series Emergency. Her husband, Bobby Troup, was also a character in the series. (Julie London had previously been married to the producer of the series, Jack Webb.) Troup wrote the familiar song ‘(Get your kicks on) Route 66’. Have any other jazz musicians become TV stars?

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