My Funny Valentine

My Funny Valentine


Chet Baker is in his prime here in 1955. Topping Down Beat and Metronome polls as one of the best Jazz trumpeters, Baker is a cross between the good looks and finely chiselled features of James Dean, and the warm tonal, golden sounds of Bix Beiderbecke. His life would parallel the sad path of both those icons, as excess and drug addiction would rob him of both his looks and voice later in life. But here Baker with his newly formed quartet cooks up these standards, and the classic title cut, to create a great set of west coast jazz.



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