Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman

Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman

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Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman (1998) is a perfect studio companion to the Mosaic Records set Complete Pacific Jazz Live Recordings of Chet Baker With Russ Freeman (1988). As was the custom for jazz platters of the time, both Baker and Freeman are joined by a different combo on each date. TheSee more details below

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Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman (1998) is a perfect studio companion to the Mosaic Records set Complete Pacific Jazz Live Recordings of Chet Baker With Russ Freeman (1988). As was the custom for jazz platters of the time, both Baker and Freeman are joined by a different combo on each date. The luminaries include Bobby Whitlock (bass), Joe Mondragon (bass), Bobby White (bass), Larry Bunker (drums) and Shelly Manne (drums) from sessions held circa July and October of 1953. The 25 selections here provide copious evidence of Baker's uncanny artistry as he develops a dark, yet lyrical, interpretive approach. Immediately evident is the thoughtful synergy between Baker and the comparatively understated Freeman, whose comps help link the respective solos. In several notable instances, such as the nonchalant "Isn't It Romantic" or the limber syncopation of "Maid in Mexico," Freeman establishes the melody, rather than simply being relegated to the rhythm section. Additional diverse examples can be heard ranging from a sublime reading of "Imagination" to the upbeat and agile "All the Things You Are" -- which commences in progress. These tunes would seed Baker's back catalog of material, becoming staples during his 30-plus-year repertoire. One facet to Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman that will be of considerable interest to collectors and hardcore enthusiasts are both the 10" EP and the 12" LP takes of "Long Ago and Far Away," "No Ties," "The Thrill Is Gone," "Moon Love" and the 78 rpm and long-player version(s) of "Winter Wonderland."While these renderings have been previously issued, this CD marks the first time that they are presented on a single volume. Among other stellar (if not definitive) inclusions are Freeman's "Russ Job," "Bea's Flat" and the sole Baker vocal on "I Fall in Love Too Easily."

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/1998
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724349316423
catalogNumber:
93164
Rank:
42332

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Tracks

  1. Isn't It Romantic?  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  2. The Lamp Is Low  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  3. This Time the Dream's on Me  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  4. Maid in Mexico  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  5. Russ Job  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  6. Imagination  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  7. Long Ago (And Far Away)  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  8. Long Ago (And Far Away)  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  9. Carson City Stage  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  10. Easy to Love  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  11. Batter Up  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  12. No Ties  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  13. No Ties  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  14. All the Things You Are  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  15. The Thrill Is Gone  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  16. The Thrill Is Gone  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  17. Band Aid  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  18. Bea's Flat  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  19. Moon Love  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  20. Moon Love  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  21. Happy Little Sunbeam  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  22. Happy Little Sunbeam  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  23. I Fall in Love Too Easily  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  24. Winter Wonderland  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  25. Winter Wonderland  -  Chet Baker Quartet

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Baker Quartet   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Chet Baker   Trumpet,Indexed Contributor
Russ Freeman   Piano
Shelly Manne   Drums
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass

Technical Credits

Maurice Ravel   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
André Kostelanetz   Composer
Russ Freeman   Composer,Director
Felix Bernard   Composer
Richard Bock   Producer
Lew Brown   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer,Reissue Producer
Mack Davis   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Ron McMaster   Mastering
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Pete Welding   Liner Notes
Dick Smith   Composer
John Altoon   Illustrations
Mack David   Composer
Bert Shefter   Composer

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