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Blame it on my Youth was composed by Oscar Levant in 1934. The lyrics were written by Edward Heyman. The original version was recorded in the same year, by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra. The best-known version of the song came two decades later, when it was recorded by Nat King Cole on his famous album After Midnight.

Throughout the cut stands out the beautiful velvet that Nat King Cole has in the lows, but also the superb piano solo that precedes the re-exposure. There are two later versions that I love: Keith Jarrett on one of my favorite piano-solo albums (The melody at night with you) and Kurt Elling on his album Flirting with Twilight, where he plays it at a slow tempo (it seems a “jazz lied”) freely varying the melody with exuberant rhythmic, expressive and interval licenses.

 

 


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