Imagine my enthusiasm and incredulity when I knew that my home made version of “My one and only love” is one of the thirteen recommended by this prestigious writer. What can I say? Thank you!
Ted Gioia has just published his latest book, The Jazz Standards – A Guide to the Repertoire (Oxford University Press). Gioia has a strong reputation as a writer on jazz, and this book, on a subject that deserves this kind of work, will widely read (at least as widely as this kind of book is normally read).
A nice surprise in the book is the inclusion of this version of “My One and Only Love”, which is only available as a home recording on YouTube, made and uploaded by the artist herself:
Admittedly, Gioia’s mention is short, setting Susana’s take as an example of the possibilities that “My One and Only Love” still offers after so many years. In any case, she’s now in a serious book, sharing a list with Charlie Ventura, Art Tatum & Ben Webster, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Cassandra Wilson, Joshua Redman, Sting, Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling. Not bad at all.
And here’s “My one and only love”. I wrote some Spanish lyrics to make it more personal to me.