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Chet Baker & Crew

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The numbers heard on Chet Baker & Crew were among a prolific flurry of recordings Baker was involved in during the last week of July 1956 -- fresh from an extended European stay. Sessions were held every day from the 23rd through the 31st, which resulted in such classic titles as The Route, Chet Baker Sings, and Chet Baker Quintet at the Forum -- which is also available under the title Young Chet -- as well as Chet Baker & Crew. The crew on these sides includes Phil Urso tenor sax, Bobby Timmons piano, Jimmy Bond bass, Peter Littman drums, and of course Baker trumpet/vocals. Joining the combo on both the original as well as the alternate take of "To Mickey's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The numbers heard on Chet Baker & Crew were among a prolific flurry of recordings Baker was involved in during the last week of July 1956 -- fresh from an extended European stay. Sessions were held every day from the 23rd through the 31st, which resulted in such classic titles as The Route, Chet Baker Sings, and Chet Baker Quintet at the Forum -- which is also available under the title Young Chet -- as well as Chet Baker & Crew. The crew on these sides includes Phil Urso tenor sax, Bobby Timmons piano, Jimmy Bond bass, Peter Littman drums, and of course Baker trumpet/vocals. Joining the combo on both the original as well as the alternate take of "To Mickey's Memory" and "Pawnee Junction" is Bill Loughbrough chromatic tympani. His unmistakable percussive accents and tuned drum solos give these West Coast bop tracks uniquely Polynesian intonations. The band members take full advantage of their individual roles and abilities as soloists to really stretch out on "Slightly Above Moderate" and the Urso-credited composition "Halema" -- named after Baker's wife. The chemistry of cool that flows between Urso and Baker is perhaps at its finest during the seamless exchange heard on "Worryin' the Life Out of Me." Timmons also boasts notable contributions throughout. His playful and scampering style dresses up the bluesy "Lucius Lu" and "Line for Lyons," among others. The latter is also notable as it contains the sole Baker vocal on this set. Baker enthusiasts seeking companion tracks featuring the same lineup should likewise obtain the 1995 CD release Young Chet. Among the contents is the frenetic rendering of "Night on Bop Mountain." [The 1993 CD reissue of Chet Baker & Crew increases the original eight-song Pacific Jazz collection to include all 14 tracks completed during three sessions in late July 1956 at the Forum Theater in Los Angeles.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724358267129
  • Catalog Number: 82671
  • Sales rank: 172,150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 To Mickey's Memory (5:15)
  2. 2 Slightly Above Moderate (7:01)
  3. 3 Halema (3:52)
  4. 4 Revelation (4:00)
  5. 5 Something for Liza (4:07)
  6. 6 Lucius Lu (5:37)
  7. 7 Worrying the Life Out of Me (3:01)
  8. 8 Medium Rock (5:32)
  9. 9 To Mickey's Memory (5:26)
  10. 10 Jumpin' Off a Clef (4:57)
  11. 11 Chippyin' (3:22)
  12. 12 Pawnee Junction (4:02)
  13. 13 Music to Dance By (4:36)
  14. 14 Line for Lyons (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chet Baker Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Bobby Timmons Piano
Phil Urso Tenor Saxophone
Peter Littman Drums
Bill Loughbrough Timpani, Chromatic Tympani
Jimmy Bond Bass
Technical Credits
Gerry Mulligan Composer
Harvey Leonard Composer
Richard Bock Producer, Original Album Producer
Michael Cuscuna Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Bill Loughbrough Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Woody Woodward Liner Notes
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