Many have played this Joaquín Rodrigo composition but in my opinion this group of musicians interpreted it into a stunning Masterpiece that no one else will ever touch.
Jim Hall (On Dec. 4 turned 83 years young) –
guitar (electric & acoustic)
Roland Hanna –
Chet Baker –
Paul Desmond –
Ron Carter –
Steve Gadd –
Totally complicated, totally magical man.
Chet did this last concert in Tokyo just before he died. He seem to be able to put himself together as if it was his last chance to grasp the spotlight he once had so brightly.
In a way I guess it was.
Strange because what had held him down for so long finally ended this tortured yet beyond talented soul. He needed something that for us his music doctored…our stress.
The words in this song rang so true sadly for Chet.
“So love me tonight tomorrow was made for some
Tomorrow may never come for all we know”…
…But we can’t forget him and our love affair continues.
So many people covered this song but none could do it as tenderly as a Chet Baker. That is who he was and why we still want to hear him…
Tuesday I highlighted a duly noted sax man, Gerry Mulligan in a song where he only played the piano. Today I’ll feature his one time Jazz partner trumpeter Chet Baker only singing.
But as with the other what a song. That was their talent and that is why we still want to hear it today.
Baker was as smooth a singer as he played that trumpet. Suave Cool
Chet’s signature song and nobody sang it as tenderly. His trumpet and his accompaniment on the song ain’t too bad either. Chet had a way making women fall in love with not only his muse but him and this performance shows the reason why. Just at the point where he goes into “With My Heart” he had me.
So Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovers out there.
Man take your choice.