Baker Sings Chet

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Baker Sings Chet is the debut album from Jeff Baker, a Boise native that generally sings the choir and club circuits of the area. It's also a clever little play on Chet Baker's debut album title, Chet Baker Sings. The songs presented are all items that were associated with Chet Baker's repertoire over the years, with his classics all here to be heard. The musicians, aside from Baker, are largely veterans from the Origin Records stables, with Rob Walker, Brent Jensen, and Stan Bock leading the horn sections, Chuck Smith on piano, Jeff Rew on bass, and Steve Hill on drums. The band itself acts almost entirely as the background for Baker's songs, only stepping out ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Baker Sings Chet is the debut album from Jeff Baker, a Boise native that generally sings the choir and club circuits of the area. It's also a clever little play on Chet Baker's debut album title, Chet Baker Sings. The songs presented are all items that were associated with Chet Baker's repertoire over the years, with his classics all here to be heard. The musicians, aside from Baker, are largely veterans from the Origin Records stables, with Rob Walker, Brent Jensen, and Stan Bock leading the horn sections, Chuck Smith on piano, Jeff Rew on bass, and Steve Hill on drums. The band itself acts almost entirely as the background for Baker's songs, only stepping out occasionally with Jensen or Walker borrowing a line from the classic Chet recordings. The real star of the album is Jeff Baker as one would hope, as he can alternately croon his way through "My Funny Valentine" or scat a path through an old Gershwin number, showing equal prowess either way. Often, the artists hailing from the smaller cities end up having less exposure and less development in jazz, and Idaho certainly isn't known for its local jazz scenes aside from the Lionel Hampton festivals, so the abilities and existence of Jeff Baker and his sound are something worth pondering in the first place. Moreover, his work is worth hearing, of course, by fans of Chet as a nice tribute album, but also by newcomers to vocal jazz that haven't heard the cool male sound before, or at least not a good execution of the cool male sound. Baker does a fine job in recreating both the technical ability and the mood of Chet's old work, despite being 40 or 50 years removed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: Oa2
  • UPC: 805552201024
  • Catalog Number: 22010

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Baker Primary Artist, Vocals
Chuck Smith Piano
Rob Walker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve Hill Drums
Brent Jensen Alto Saxophone
Stan Bock Trombone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Ed Brooks Mastering
Lew Brown Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Reed Ruddy Engineer
Chuck Smith Arranger
James Van Heusen Composer
Charles Carpenter Composer
Rob Walker Horn Arrangements
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Newell Chase Composer
Louis Dunlap Composer
Jeff Fox Liner Notes
Todd Bishop Cover Photo
Jeff Baker Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a singer, what a stud

    I love this guy! His voice is like sweet maple syrup. If you buy the album you will fall in love with him too, too bad we all couldn't have a personal Jeff Baker to sing his pretty songs to us every night as we fall asleep. Jeff you ROCK!!!!!!

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