Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is one of the last Chet Baker trumpet long players recorded in the States prior to the artist relocating to Europe in the early '60s. Likewise, the eight-tune collection was the final effort issued during his brief association with the Riverside Records imprint. The project was undoubtedly spurred on by the overwhelming success of the Shelly Manne-led combo that interpreted titles taken from the score to My Fair Lady 1956. In addition to becoming an instant classic, Manne's LP was also among of the best-selling jazz platters of all time. While Baker and crew may have gained their inspiration from Manne, these readings are comparatively understated. That said, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is one of the last Chet Baker trumpet long players recorded in the States prior to the artist relocating to Europe in the early '60s. Likewise, the eight-tune collection was the final effort issued during his brief association with the Riverside Records imprint. The project was undoubtedly spurred on by the overwhelming success of the Shelly Manne-led combo that interpreted titles taken from the score to My Fair Lady 1956. In addition to becoming an instant classic, Manne's LP was also among of the best-selling jazz platters of all time. While Baker and crew may have gained their inspiration from Manne, these readings are comparatively understated. That said, the timelessness of the melodies, coupled with the assembled backing aggregate, make Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe 1959 a memorable concept album. Although Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe had produced a number of well-received and luminous entries, half of the material on this disc is derived from My Fair Lady 1956. "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" is given a languid torch song treatment that spirals around Baker's cool inconspicuous leads, featuring some equally sublime contributions from Zoot Simms alto sax/tenor sax. This contrasts the resilient and free-spirited waltz on "I Could Have Danced All Night," which benefits from Herbie Mann's flute breezy counterpoint and solo. Bill Evans piano also lays down some tasty licks over top of the solid rhythm of Earl May bass and Clifford Jarvis drums. "On the Street Where You Live" is a highlight, as the personnel take the time to stretch out and thoroughly examine with some key counterpoint between Baker's honey-toned horn and Pepper Adams' baritone sax husky and ample involvement. Of the non-My Fair Lady sides, "The Heather on the Hill" and a superior "Almost Like Being in Love" hail from Brigadoon 1947, while the scintillating and smoldering "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" comes from Gigi 1958. Not to be missed is "I Talk to the Trees," with an unhurried and evenly measured tempo that is coupled to Baker's austere, yet rich and purposeful lines. In 2004, Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe was remastered utilizing 20-bit analog-to-digital signal conversion for optimum audio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • EAN: 4988005504852
  • Catalog Number: UCCO9295

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chet Baker Primary Artist, Trumpet
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Bill Evans Piano
Herbie Mann Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Bob Corwin Piano
Clifford Jarvis Drums
Earl May Bass
Zoot Sims Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Robert Corwin Piano
Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Liner Notes
Paul Bacon Cover Design
Ken Braren Cover Design
Harris Lewine Cover Design
Roy Friedman Engineer
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