How Am I to Know?
Uploaded on Nov 7, 2018
Song writer Jack King was a child piano prodigy, giving concerts starting at age 7, and he later worked in vaudeville and night clubs in addition to working behind the scenes as a composer and tunesmith. "How Am I to Know", probably his best known tune, was written when he was 26, and it appeared in the 1929 film 'Dynamite', fairly early in the sound film era. The famous essayist and critic Dorothy Parker write the words.
"How Am I to Know" has been recorded by Miles Davis (on his first LP with John Coltrane, in 1955), pianist Bill Evans, and singers Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra (with Tommy Dorsey), and Shirley Horn, among many others. For fans of bebop and jazz guitar, the Red Norvo Trio featuring Tal Farlow recorded a great version of this tune in 1955 for Fantasy with an absolutely smoking Tal Farlow guitar solo (Fantasy Records, "Red Norvo with Strings").
The tune can be played as a ballad, as a mid-tempo swinger, or even with a Latin groove (as Shirley Horn did on her great arrangement from 1992's "Here's to Life").
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