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I Fall In Love Too Easily

 

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I Fall In Love Too Easily was composed by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn in 1944. The following year it was featured in the film Anchor's Aweigh with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. The song was nominated for a Best Original Song at the Oscars but lost out to Rogers and Hemmerstein's It Might As Well Be Spring. The story goes that Sammy Cahn has said of the conception of the sixteen-bar song: "This song was written one night in Palm Springs. When I sang the last line, Jule Styne looked over at me and said, 'So. That's it.' I knew he felt we could have written on, but I felt I had said all there was to say, and if I had it to do over, I would stop right there again."

 

 

 

Favourite recordings include those by Sinatra and Chet Baker, but for our first take, here is a video of Gina Kanizsa (vocals); Istvan Fekete (trumpet) and David Lamm (guitar) performing the song in Budapest in 2017.

 

 

 

I fall in love too easily
I fall in love too fast
I fall in love too terribly hard
For love to ever last

My heart should be well schooled
'Cause I've been fooled in the past
But still I fall in love so easily
I fall in love too fast

 

For our second take,we have a video of the song played by the Keith Jarrett Trio - Keith Jarrett (piano); Gary Peacock (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums) - in Tokyo in 1993. Even on video, the sensitivity and emotion they capture is remarkable. One commentator on YouTube writes: 'This is among Keith's most beautiful improvisations - he plays it now and then in different guises - if you love this one then try the Blue Note version when he goes off on one of his magical eastern trips to Lord knows where. Believe me I have been watching and listening to Keith for over 20 years and seen him live on numerous occasions - this is among the trios greatest efforts and no words could do it justice - how could they it's - music that only Keith can produce."

 

 

In January 1983 Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette came together with producer Manfred Eicher for a recording session at New York's Power Station. The idea - revolutionary in an era when the idea of playing original material was all-important - was to simply make an album of jazz standards. Gary Peacock said: "We went in to do just one album but we came out with enough material for three. It was incredible. The only other pianist who had impacted on me that forcefully playing standards was Bill Evans when I worked with him. Then when we started playing standards on this date.... Whew! Talk about depth! It opens up a whole other level of experience." 'Having wrapped up two volumes of standards, the trio then moved into improvisational areas. The result: the album Changes. Three top flight albums recorded in one day! Not only that, the musicians had mapped out the area - from the Great American Songbook to free play - that they would continue to explore for the next quarter-century. ....the first volumes of "Standards" won album of the year awards around the globe.'

I Fall In Love Too Easily appears on the Standards Vol. 2 album (click here), but ECM released all three as a box set in 2008 - details here.

 

 

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