Miles Davis: My Funny Valentine

Miles Davis: My Funny Valentine
My Funny Valentine

Just before going on stage, Miles informed his companions that the quintet’s purse
would go to three civil rights organizations supporting voter registration of Blacks in
the South. The musicians contested this charitable gesture forced upon them. Miles, who
liked to provoke his collaborators, never doubted that the concert’s intensity originated in
the musicians’ negative feelings. This exceptional concert was released on two records:
the first, in 1965, brought together the evening’s four ballads—pure transcendence
from start to finish—along with “All Blues” (whose second introduction contains Miles’
most explicit reference to the first notes of his 80s’ hit “Jean Pierre”). But the two
masterpieces on the record are “My Funny Valentine” and “Stella By Starlight,” two
great instances of musical eroticism during which the melodies, harmonic frame, and
tempos are simultaneously unveiled and disguised, to the point of inciting a cry of
ecstasy—during the introduction to “Stella”—from someone in the first rows, who was
none other than the singer Bab Gonzales.
Original issue: Columbia LP CS 9106
on February 23, 1965
Producer: Teo Macero
Engineer: Fred Plaut
Miles Davis (tpt); George Coleman (ts);
Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b);
Tony Williams (d)
Recorded live at Philharmonic Hall,
Lincoln Center, NYC on February 12, 1964
at a benefit concert for voter registration
in Mississippi and Louisiana sponsored
by the NAACP Defense Fund, The Congress
for Racial Equality, and the Student
Non-violent Coordinating Committee

1 My Funny Valentine (Live Version)
2 All Of You (Live Version)
3 Stella by Starlight (Live Version)
4 All Blues (Live Version)
5 I Thought About You (Live Version)


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