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Chet (CD)

By: Chet Baker

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Chet Baker Artist Snapshot:

As the poster boy for cool jazz in the '50s, trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker symbolized, at least briefly, that decade's soulful underside. But rather than ascend the throne of celebrity, he remained the outsider, the quintessential beautiful loser. For the next three decades, Baker wandered in and out of the spotlight, with moments of brilliance scattered amidst physical decline and personal travails. After getting his teeth knocked out in a drug-related scuffle, he quit playing for years. When he finally returned he was still powerful, but something of a haunted presence. An acclaimed Baker documentary, LET'S GET LOST, was released in 1987, but the next year Baker fell out of a window while under the influence of drugs and died a death as tragic as much of his genius-speckled life.

Track Listing

DISC 1 for Chet (CD) Album By Chet Baker
1   Alone Together
2   How High The Moon
3   It Never Entered My Mind
4   'Tis Autumn
5   If You Could See Me Now
6   September Song
7   You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
8   Time On My Hands (You In My Arms)
9   You And The Night And The Music

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Product Notes

While Chet Baker was famous for his almost evanescent singing voice and was strongly associated with West Coast jazz, this all-instrumental, all-ballad album recorded with some of New York's finest musicians may have been his most beautiful recording. These 1958-59 sessions place Baker in groups ranging from quartet to sextet, and his trumpet playing is strong, secure, and clear, capable of the subtlest inflections. The settings simply couldn't be better. Pianist Bill Evans was in the midst of redefining the piano ballad, and he's masterful at creating fresh harmonic underpinnings for Baker from the opening chords of "Alone Together," here reminiscent of "Blue in Green." Guitarist Kenny Burrell adds comparable support on a wistful treatment of "September Song," while Pepper Adams's baritone saxophone, present on seven tracks, is a craggy, rough-hewn complement to Baker's smoothly melodic trumpet. Herbie Mann contributes flute and arrangements to several sextet tracks, while the rhythm section, with Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones and Connie Kay sharing the drumming, is resilient and lightly propulsive. The concluding "Early Morning Mood" is a long, slow Baker blues that's a nice addition to the well-chosen set of standards. The 20-bit K2 super coding system results in excellent sound, capturing every drum detail and particularly enhancing Adams's broad, overtone-rich sound. --Stuart Broomer

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