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Chet Baker & Strings [Bonus Tracks]
     

Chet Baker & Strings [Bonus Tracks]

by Chet Baker
 

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This disc offers a glimpse of a young Chet Baker in a quintet setting complemented by a nine-piece string section. Utilizing the modern scores of Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich, Jack Montrose, and Shorty Rogers, this confab of the "West Coast cool"

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This disc offers a glimpse of a young Chet Baker in a quintet setting complemented by a nine-piece string section. Utilizing the modern scores of Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich, Jack Montrose, and Shorty Rogers, this confab of the "West Coast cool" contingent escapes many -- if not indeed all -- of the potential sonic pitfalls such a marriage might suggest. In the truest sense of the word augmentation, the arrangements help to flesh out the desired opulence sans any heavy-handed or syrupy residual effects. What is particularly inspiring about the outing is the success with which Baker and crew are able to thrive, unleashing their subtle insights into the quintet's ability to simultaneously adapt and explore. Chet Baker & Strings was recorded over three days in late 1953 and early 1954. Joining Baker on trumpet are Jack "Zoot" Sims (tenor sax), Jack Montrose (tenor sax), Russ Freeman (piano), Joe Mondragon (bass), Shelly Manne (drums), and Clifford "Bud" Shank (alto sax), who steps in for Sims on the 1954 date. "Love Walked In" incorporates a trademark volley of interaction between Baker and Sims. "Love" contains what is arguably the most successful implementation of the added musicians and some stellar soloing by Freeman. In fact, his contributions to this particular recording rank among his finest with Baker and company. The same enthusiasm can likewise be applied to "A Little Duet for Zoot and Chet." Not only are Sims and Baker in top flight, but the violins, violas, and the like swing irresistibly as well. The easygoing and otherwise winding strings support the cool bop like a kite in a March breeze -- light, airy, and conspicuous only in altitude. [A 1998 CD reissue of the project includes three alternate performances: "You Don't Know What Love Is," "You Better Go Now," and an incendiary "A Little Duet for Zoot and Chet."]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/1998
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646556221
catalogNumber:
65562

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Performance Credits

Chet Baker   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Russ Freeman   Piano
Shelly Manne   Drums
Bud Shank   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Gianni Basso   Saxophone
Fausto Papetti   Baritone Saxophone
Franco Cerri   Bass
Guildhall String Ensemble   Strings
Giulio Libano   Piano,Celeste
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Jack Montrose   Tenor Saxophone
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Victory   Drums
Mario Pezzotta   Trombone
Glauco Masetti   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Reissue Producer
Russ Freeman   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Shelly Manne   Contributor
Bud Shank   Contributor
Shorty Rogers   Arranger
Fausto Papetti   Contributor
Richard Bock   Producer
Chuck Dukowski   Composer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Marty Paich   Arranger
Jack Montrose   Arranger
Zoot Sims   Contributor
Mike Zwerin   Liner Notes
William Claxton   Artwork
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Glauco Masetti   Contributor
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Robert Graham   Composer
Jerry Gladstone   Composer

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