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Miles Davis: Will You Still Be Mine?

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Written by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair, Will You Still Be Mine? was first recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra in February 1941, with an arrangement by Axel Stordahl and a vocal refrain by Connie Haines. There were roughly seven version between Dorsey and Miles Davis in 1955. Davis's rendition appeared on Musings of Miles and featured Davis (tp), Red Garland (p), Oscar Pettiford (b) and Philly Joe Jones (d). “Will You Still Be Mine?" is one of those songs that's impossible to sound badly. Here are nine versions:

Here's Tommy Dorsey in 1941...



Here's Ahmad Jamal in 1951...



Here's Buddy DeFranco in 1951...



Here's Matt Dennis in 1953...



Here's Erroll Garner in 1953...



Here's Benny Carter in 1954...



Here's Pete Jolly in 1955...



Here's Tal Farlow in 1955...



And here's Miles Davis in 1955. Now that you've heard a bunch of jazz versions, listen how the Miles Davis Quartet takes the song to a different level with a dry drive that transforms the song, giving it a blue hue...



Bonus: Here's Red Garland in 1957...



Here's Dave Brubeck in 1962 with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond...



And here's vocalist Monica Ramey with the Beegie Adair Trio with Denis Solee on tenor saxophone and George Tidwell on flugelhorn. Listen to Beegie...



      

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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