VARIOUS ARTISTS / “You Go To My Head”
In some of our political meetings back in the day an issue would come up, usually a matter of detail (the wording on a flyer, maybe which block to start a march, who was going to pick up whom for the demonstration, like that…) and a person might not have a political opinion about the issue but might have a preference. We used to announce the difference between taking a principled position and just opting for a matter of taste. We called those later statements, points of personal preference.
When you said your statement was a point of personal preference it was given respect but not blown out of proportion. This week’s cover selection “You Go To My Head” is a point of personal preference. I just like the song. I’m not making any special claims about the melody or the harmony, nor am I suggesting that any of these versions ought to be classics per se. But… that said, I dig this song.
As you listen to the various versions—if you listen to them at all—I’m sure you will have your favorites. Whether it’s the unusual offering from Smokey Robinson or the molasses slow, sweet reading by Shirley Horn supported by Joe Henderson on tenor, or maybe the quietitude of Chet Baker in duet with pianist Paul Bley, or those smears and half-valve tart trumpet soundings of Harry Sweets Edison working with Oscar Peterson, who knows. You might even go for Pops or Etta James. Whatever…
Hopefully, there is at least one cut in this box of goodies that will get to your head and offer you a morsel of sonic delight. That’s it. No big thing but nevertheless thank goodness for small flavors.
—Kalamu ya Salaam
P.S. The classic photo above by William Gottlieb is Dizzy Gillespie admiring Ella Fitzgerald with Ella’s future husband, bassist Ray Brown looking on over Ella’s shoulder.
You Go To My Head Mixtape Playlist
01 Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Vaughan
02 Brownie Speaks - Clifford Brown
03 Diane - Chet Baker & Paul Bley
04 Oscar Peterson & Harry Edison
05 Take Love Easy - Ella Fitzgerald with Joe Pass
06 Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson
07 Music For Lovers - Lee Morgan
08 Timeless Love - Smokey Robinson
09 Heart Of A Woman - Etta James
10 The Main Ingredient - Shirley Horn
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