Whenever a new song began, I would turn to my companions and say, oh! I love this song. Then, at one point I said: "OH! This is one of my favorites." Tom Jones* teased me the rest of the night saying, with each new song, "Oh, this is my favorite song ever."
Anyway, one of the songs they played that I love was "All of Me" by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons. It was popular throughout the 1930s, and its most famous incarnation is perhaps Billie Holiday's. I fell in love with the Count Basie arrangement, which they played when touring with Frank Sinatra (the recording is found on Sinatra at the Sands). But I just discovered this Louis Armstrong one. And it is awesome.
As a counterpart, I'm sharing with you Miles Davis/Herbie Hancock version of "All of You" by Cole Porter. (This is instrumental but the lyrics are fun.)
I do LOVE these two songs. And were I a jazz musician, I think I'd try to do a medley with them. And then Tom Jones would be saying to his companions, "This song is my favorite." And he'd mean it.
(I just discovered this recording, and I simply adore it. The trumpet phrasing is superb.)
* "Tom Jones" refers to the novel, not the singer. Mr and Mrs Tom Jones are dear friends from Philly, who love that novel as much as I do. In other news, I just bought the awesome BBC version Monday as a birthday present to myself.