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Matt Dusk - My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook (2013)

18-11-2014, 19:57
Music | Jazz | Vocal Jazz | Pop



Matt Dusk - My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook (2013)

Artist: Matt Dusk
Title Of Album: My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook
Year Of Release: 2013
Genre: Jazz/Pop Vocals
Label: Koch International
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 47:15
Total Size: 111 Mb
Covers: Front

Tracklist:
01. My Funny Valentine (Feat. Arturo Sandoval) (4:52)
02. Time After Time (Feat. Arturo Sandoval) (4:21)
03. Angel Eyes (3:50)
04. Embraceable You (Feat. Emilie-Claire Barlow) (4:16)
05. Come Rain Or Come Shine (4:07)
06. Deep In A Dream (4:03)
07. All The Way (4:06)
08. There Will Never Be Another You (3:17)
09. That Old Feeling (3:19)
10. Let's Get Lost (Feat. Arturo Sandoval) (3:32)
11. Someone To Watch Over Me (Feat. Guido Basso) (4:21)
12. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Ryan Ahlwardt) (3:05)

Vocal tributes to Chet Baker have, of late, become a mini-industry. While the vast majority of interpreters have gotten it wrong, confusing Baker’s personal pathos with his music, crooner Matt Dusk succeeds by resisting the temptation to don a misrepresentative mask of tragedy. Instead, he opts to simply be himself. My Funny Valentine could just as easily be a tribute to Sinatra, with whom several selections, including “Angel Eyes” and “All the Way,” are more closely associated.

Across 12 tracks, Dusk alternates between swingin’ loose and light, à la Sinatra’s early Capitol days, and making more grandiose musical statements, as the Chairman was wont to do during his later Reprise years. The arrangements, variously crafted by Shelly Berger, Rick Wilkins and Ryan Ahlwardt, add additional distance, recalling the vibrant Nelson Riddle and Billy May charts that were essential to Sinatra’s midcareer rebound.

Still, Baker’s presence is occasionally felt, the haunted beauty of his horn playing evident on three tracks skillfully embellished by Arturo Sandoval, including a deliciously sultry “Let’s Get Lost,” and on a fragile “Someone to Watch Over Me” gently propelled by Guido Basso. Conversely, Ahlwardt’s attempt to echo Baker’s vocal etherealness while backing Dusk on the closing “I Fall in Love Too Easily” proves misguided, sounding instead like an over-stylized Art Garfunkel. ~By Christopher Loudon


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balthaczar   User offline   21 November 2014 10:10


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