Ron Carter: My Funny Valentine


My Funny Valentine


Ron Carter (bass)


Dear Miles (Blue Note 92547)

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Ron Carter (bass), Stephen Scott (piano), Payton Crossley (drums), Roger Squitero (percussion).

Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart


Recorded: Avatar Studios, New York, February 18, 2006


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

How many different ways can a bass player handle a ballad in 4/4 time? Listen to this track and you will find Ron Carter demonstrating most of them. Scott plays admirably, but Carter steals the show with his feints and jabs, and the sheer creativity of his lines. More than one thousand jazz versions of "My Funny Valentine" have been recorded over the years -- including a classic Miles Davis performance at Lincoln Center in 1964 with Ron Carter in the band. But this new-millennium ensemble ignores the weight of history, and dishes out a fresh performance that both brings the standard up to date but also respects the mood of the Richard Rodgers original.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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