Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine

This is perfect Sunday music. As with classical music, smooth jazz just hits that Sunday sweet spot and makes the whole day perfect.

I love Chet Baker for his beautiful trumpet work (I always cheer for the trumpet players), but his vocals are just as great. This really is a sweet, sweet collection. 

Now, seriously, I don’t need to tell you anything about this guy’s work, right? You already know it, and love it. Right? Right! So, as far as this collection goes, here is all you need to know:

My Funny Valentine * Someone To Watch Over Me * This Is Always * I’m Glad There Is You * Time After Time * Sweet Lorraine * It’s Always You * Let’s Get Lost * Moon Love * Like Someone In Love * I’ve Never Been In Love Before * Isn’t It Romantic? * I Fall In Love Too Easily.

Ahhhhh… After these 14 songs, I’m a happy, mellow puddle. I love it.

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Posted on March 16, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. See…this is great! I will now have to check this out. I have a soft spot for jazz, but i will admit…it has avoided my collection (withe exception of the buddy rich big band) …so i will have to remedy this

    Cheers

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    • Mmm can’t ever go wrong with Chet. Lots of his stuff on the youtubes if you wanna kick the tires before taking the plunge on a CD that you can probably get for $5 or less. I think I paid $2 for mine.

      I have a long history with jazz. I grew up on the big bands (and 80s pop, of course), and all through high school I was listening to Miles and Louis and Wynton when all the kids were into Metallica and Motley Crue. I never got stuffed in lockers, and I probably would have, but I count myself lucky. Maybe it was ‘cos I was on the basketball team? I dunno. Anyway, I came to the rock late, because of the jazz, and I fell for the rock hard. I’m still falling.

      But I still love the jazz, and after all this time (and I’ve just built you a watch in order to type this one sentence)… you just have to dive in. Reviews online are helpful, Best Album lists are great, but you could bring home Coltrane’s Giant Steps or Miles’ Kind Of Blue and hate them, you know? Jazz is personal. And it takes a lot of patience and trying new things to figure out where in the spectrum you’re comfortable. There are a lot of extremes, and everyone’s got an opinion on it. But you’ll know what you like when you hear it. And stuff like this Baker record, or Dave Brubeck or Bill Evans (if, say, you wanna go for great piano work too), or… well, it’s truly endless.

      I’m sure I’ll be slapping up other jazz stuff here now and again. I’m not knowledgeable about it at all except that I’ve been listening to it most of my life. I know what feels good, and what I like. I leave the essays on the intricacies to other people who have more spcialized thoughts on it than I do.

      Jazz is a gut thing. Get in there, roll up those sleeves and GIVE ‘ER!

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      • “Jazz is personal. And it takes a lot of patience and trying new things to figure out where in the spectrum you’re comfortable. There are a lot of extremes, and everyone’s got an opinion on it. But you’ll know what you like when you hear it.”

        I know I’m quoting myself back to you, but really, this same could be said about rock. Or any genre. And you’ll know this already. So maybe I just like to hear the sound of myself typing? 😉

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