This performance of Victor Young’s BEAUTIFUL LOVE — by the subtle, heartfelt pianist Chris Dawson — is aptly named. The 1931 song was originally a waltz, but that was before Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Jimmy Rowles, and many singers got to it. (That the song appeared in the film THE MUMMY still continues to baffle and amaze. Who sang it and to whom?
Here’s Chris — every note a pearl, but there’s nothing precious about his approach to the keyboard:
And for the Jazz Karaoke fans out there, here’s an online version of the lyrics.
Beautiful love, you’re all a mystery
Beautiful love, what have you done to me?
I was contented till you came along
Thrilling my soul with your song
Beautiful love, I’ve roamed your paradise
Searching for love, my dream to realize
Reaching for heaven, depending on you
Beautiful love, will my dreams come true?
Just please don’t drown out the quietly brilliant Mr. Dawson. That wouldn’t be Beautiful Love at all.