The obvious choice for music in a Valentine’s Day post may seem a cliché. Of course, Rifftides wouldn’t be caught dead clichéing. Still, given yesterday’s news about Clark Terry (see the next item in the queue), it seemed appropriate to discover whether “My Funny Valentine” shows up in his discography. It does in a 1963 Gary Burton album by the 20-year-old vibraharpist and guest artists. Terry plays flugelhorn on the Rodgers and Hart song which, under his stewardship, is too lovely to be a cliché. Burton makes a brief atmospheric appearance toward the end of the piece. Tommy Flanagan is the pianist, John Neves the bassist, Chris Swanson the drummer.
The long-playing vinyl album Who Is Gary Burton? all but disappeared for years, occasionally surfacing in used record stores and flea markets. German BMG reissued it as a CD in 1996. It is also available as an LP. In addition to Terry, Bob Brookmeyer and Phil Woods are guests, and Joe Morello plays drums on some tracks.
Happy Valentine’s Day.