Chet Baker: My Funny Valentine (1952)
My Funny Valentine
Chet Baker (with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet)
Deep In a Dream: The Ultimate Chet Baker Collection (Blue Note 35937)
Recorded: Los Angeles, September 2, 1952
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Trumpeter Chet Baker was and will forever be the poster boy for West Coast cool jazz. His introverted, plaintive tone and relaxed, lyrical style was strikingly different from his fiery contemporaries such as Dizzy Gillespie and Clifford Brown. Baker’s treatment of “My Funny Valentine,” painfully romantic and hauntingly beautiful, thrust him atop the trumpet polls in 1952. His humble interpretation of the melody creates an extraordinarily intimate atmosphere, compelling listeners to hold their breath in fear of creating the slightest disturbance. One of the most captivating and magical ballad performances in all of jazz.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic