“My Funny Valentine” is my favorite song of all time and I don’t know why I’ve never done a thread about it on Valentine’s Day. Although the lyrics are in some way the best part, there isn’t a vocal version I especially like; Chet Baker ruins it by ending minor instead of major and the Ella versions I can find are all annoyingly orchestrated. It’s sung in “Fabulous Baker Boys” (great) and “Talented Mr. Ripley” (meh), by the way. At some point, I hope that at least one of the Mad Men listens to it as he broods over a glass of Canadian Club.
Here’s the ’50s Miles Davis quintet (really quartet here since Coltrane wasn’t allowed to play on the ballads). Is there a version you like especially?
Update. Also too, open thread!