Chet Baker Sings

Chet Baker Sings

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by Chet Baker
     
 

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He was no Sinatra --indeed, voices don't come much smaller -- but Chet Baker was one of the most affecting vocalists in jazz history. Baker's intimate, fragile singing was much like his trumpet playing -- soft-toned, lightly swinging, and spare. Yet it was emotionally direct in ways that the envy of more accomplished musicians. On the first of his recordings to… See more details below

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He was no Sinatra --indeed, voices don't come much smaller -- but Chet Baker was one of the most affecting vocalists in jazz history. Baker's intimate, fragile singing was much like his trumpet playing -- soft-toned, lightly swinging, and spare. Yet it was emotionally direct in ways that the envy of more accomplished musicians. On the first of his recordings to feature his voice, Baker interprets superior standards that fall comfortably within his vocal capabilities, including "My Funny Valentine," the song that had earlier made him a star with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. The promise in the young Baker's voice gives few clues to the wrong turns his life would take in years to come.

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
As Gerald Heard's liner notes point out, it's difficult to decide whether Chet Baker was a trumpet player who sang or a singer who played trumpet. When the 24-year-old California-based trumpeter started his vocal career in 1954, his singing was revolutionary; as delicate and clear as his trumpet playing, with a similarly bright and vibrato-free tone, Baker simply didn't sound like any previous jazz singer. His first vocal session, recorded in February 1954 and covering tracks seven through 14 of this disc, is so innocent-sounding it's like cub reporter Jimmy Olsen had started a new career as a jazz singer. The album's first six tracks, recorded in July 1956, are even more milk and cookies, thanks in no small part to syrupy material like Frank Loesser's "I've Never Been in Love Before" and Donaldson/Kahn's drippy "My Buddy." Choices from the earlier session like "My Funny Valentine" -- arguably the definitive version of this oft-recorded song -- and "There Will Never Be Another You" work much, much better. The spacious musical setting, a simple trumpet and piano-bass-drums rhythm section, is perfect for Baker's low-key style. Despite the few faults of song selection, Chet Baker Sings is a classic of West Coast cool jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/1998
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724382323426
catalogNumber:
23234
Rank:
17669

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Tracks

  1. That Old Feeling  - Chet Baker
  2. It's Always You  - Chet Baker
  3. Like Someone in Love  - Chet Baker
  4. My Ideal  - Chet Baker
  5. I've Never Been in Love Before  - Chet Baker
  6. My Buddy  - Chet Baker
  7. But Not for Me  - Chet Baker
  8. Time After Time  - Chet Baker
  9. I Get Along Without You Very Well  - Chet Baker
  10. My Funny Valentine  - Chet Baker
  11. There Will Never Be Another You  - Chet Baker
  12. The Thrill Is Gone  - Chet Baker
  13. I Fall in Love Too Easily  - Chet Baker
  14. Look for the Silver Lining  - Chet Baker

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