Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
Slowing the Tango
Click here to Support Jazz on the Tube
One of Chet Baker’s earliest breaks came in the early ’50s, when Charlie Parker selected him to play some West Coast gigs. Baker, a vocalist, flugelhorn player and piano player – in addition to being a trumpet player – would be associated with such acts as Gerry Mulligan.
Written by Oscar Hammerstein and Sigmund Romberg for the operetta “The New Moon,” 1928’s “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise” was originally conceived as a faster-paced tango. But over the years jazz artists have adopted it as their own, usually cooling the tempo a bit.