Written for the musical Babe in Arms in 1937, My Funny Valentine
is now amongst the most played and recorded jazz standards of all
times. This brilliant tune was first recorded by itself in the mid
definitely be in the top 10 of your standard ballad repertoire (and in
the top 5 if you're playing a jazz gig in a restaurant on February
It is often played as a ballad but also in a medium
swing or even as a latin groove. The tune lends itself to many
interpretations, harmonically speaking, because of the pedalling C
minor in the A sections.
My chord melody arrangement is very
minimalist and I believe everyone should experiment, at least a little,
with differents changes and grooves.
Many very good versions exist because Valentine has been recorded so much of the years.
Here's my top 3 picks:
Chet Baker (1953) :
Sung by the master of cool jazz in a very traditional setting.
Bill Evans and Jim Hall (Undercurrent, 1962)
Breakneck tempo... frantic version played by two of the most influential voices in modern jazz.
Miles Davis (Cooking, 1956)
Probably the most known version. Smooth ballad, heart-melting trumpet by Miles... as usual. check out the changes!