The Record Collection

Chet Baker: My Funny Valentine (1953-56)

subtitled: Chet Baker Plays and Sings for Lovers

My Funny Valentine

Track list:

01. My Funny Valentine
02. Someone to Watch over Me
03. Moonlight Becomes You
04. This Is Always
05. I’m Glad There Is You
06. Time After Time
07. Sweet Lorraine
08. It’s Always You
09. Let’s Get Lost
10. Moon Love
11. Like Someone in Love
12. I’ve Never Been in Love Before
13. Isn’t It Romantic?
14. I Fall in Love Too Easily

Personnel:

Chet Baker – vocals, trumpet;
Bob Brookmeyer – valve trombone (#5);
Herb Geller – alto & tenor saxes (#3);
Jack Montrose – tenor sax (#3);
Bud Shank – baritone sax (#5), flute (#2,4);
Bob Gordon – baritone sax (#3);
Russ Freeman – piano (#1-6,8-14);
Pete Jolly – piano (#7);
Corky Hale – harp (#2,4);
Carson Smith – bass (#1,5,6,9,10,14);
Red Mitchell – bass (#2,4,13);
Joe Mondragon – bass (#3);
Leroy Vinnegar – bass (#7);
Jimmy Bond – bass (#8,11,12);
Bob Neel – drums (#1,2,4,6,9,14);
Shelly Manne – drums (#3,5);
Stan Levey – drums (#7);
Peter Littman – drums (#8,12);
Larry Bunker – drums (#10);
Lawrence Marable – drums (#11);
Bobby White – drums (#13).

Original Sessions Producer: Richard Bock
Compilation Producer: Michael Cuscuna

Label: Pacific Jazz
28262 [1994]

Recording dates:

#01 – My Funny Valentine:
Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; February 15, 1954
Chet Baker (trumpet) Russ Freeman (piano) Carson Smith (bass) Bob Neal (drums)
Pacific Jazz PJLP 11, PJ 1222

#02 – Someone to Watch over Me
Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; February 28, 1955
Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals) Bud Shank (flute) Ray Kramer, Ed Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin (violoncello) Corky Hale (harp) Russ Freeman (piano) Red Mitchell (bass) Bob Neal (drums) Frank Campo, Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich (arranger)
Pacific Jazz EP 4-30, PJ 1202

#03 – Moonlight Becomes You:
Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; December 22, 1953
Chet Baker (trumpet) Herb Geller (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone) Jack Montrose (tenor saxophone) Bob Gordon (baritone saxophone) Russ Freeman (piano) Joe Mondragon (bass) Shelly Manne (drums)
Pacific Jazz EP 4-16, PJLP 9, PJ 1206
(alt. take) Pacific Jazz CDP 7 97160-2

#04 – This Is Always
Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; February 28, 1955
Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals) Bud Shank (flute) Ray Kramer, Ed Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin (violoncello) Corky Hale (harp) Russ Freeman (piano) Red Mitchell (bass) Bob Neal (drums) Frank Campo, Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich (arranger)
Pacific Jazz EP 4-30, PJ 1202

#05 – I’m Glad There Is You:
Los Angeles, CA; September 15, 1954
Chet Baker (trumpet) Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone) Bud Shank (baritone saxophone) Russ Freeman (piano) Carson Smith (bass) Shelly Manne (drums)
Pacific Jazz 624, PJLP 15, PJ 1206

#06 – Time After Time:
Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; February 15, 1954
Chet Baker (trumpet) Russ Freeman (piano) Carson Smith (bass) Bob Neal (drums)
Pacific Jazz PJLP 11, PJ 1222

#07 – Sweet Lorraine:
Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; July 26, 1956
Chet Baker (trumpet) Richie Kamuca (tenor saxophone) Pete Jolly (piano) Leroy Vinnegar (bass) Stan Levey (drums)
Pacific Jazz CDP 7 92931-2

#08 – It’s Always You:
Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; July 23, 1956
Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals) Russ Freeman (piano) Jimmy Bond (bass) Peter Littman (drums)
Pacific Jazz PJ 1222

#09 – Let’s Get Lost:
Los Angeles, CA; March 7, 1955
Chet Baker (trumpet) Russ Freeman (piano) Carson Smith (bass) Bob Neal (drums)
Pacific Jazz EP 4-33, PJ 1202

#10 – Moon Love:
Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA; October 3, 1953
Chet Baker (trumpet) Russ Freeman (piano) Carson Smith (bass) Larry Bunker (drums)
(10 inch LP take) Pacific Jazz EP 4-9, PJLP 6
(12 inch LP take) Pacific Jazz PJ 1206

#11 – Like Someone in Love:
Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; July 30, 1956
Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals) Russ Freeman (piano) Jimmy Bond (bass) Lawrence Marable (drums)
Pacific Jazz PJ 1222

#12 – I’ve Never Been in Love Before:
Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; July 23, 1956
Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals) Russ Freeman (piano) Jimmy Bond (bass) Peter Littman (drums)
Pacific Jazz PJ 1222

#13 – Isn’t It Romantic:
Los Angeles, CA; July 24, 1953
Chet Baker (trumpet) Russ Freeman (piano) Red Mitchell (bass) Bobby White (drums)
Pacific Jazz PJLP 3, EP 4-4

#14 – I Fall in Love Too Easily:
Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; February 15, 1954
Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals) Russ Freeman (piano) Carson Smith (bass) Bob Neal (drums)
Pacific Jazz PJLP 11, PJ 1222

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