Deep in a Dream: The Ultimate Chet Baker Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The allure of Chet Baker just seems to have grown exponentially since his mysterious death in 1988. Baker’s soft -toned trumpet playing and even softer vocalizing continue to draw listeners in, many of them only tangential jazz fans. His continuing appeal lies in the expressive vulnerability that both his horn and voice exude. Deep in a Dream, complied by James Isaacs, author of a comprehensive Baker biography, is a perfect introduction to Baker’s often introspective yet always affecting work. From his breakthrough as an essential element of Gerry Mulligan’s cool-jazz quartet of the early 1950s to his own recordings as a popular performer leading his own bands to his...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The allure of Chet Baker just seems to have grown exponentially since his mysterious death in 1988. Baker’s soft -toned trumpet playing and even softer vocalizing continue to draw listeners in, many of them only tangential jazz fans. His continuing appeal lies in the expressive vulnerability that both his horn and voice exude. Deep in a Dream, complied by James Isaacs, author of a comprehensive Baker biography, is a perfect introduction to Baker’s often introspective yet always affecting work. From his breakthrough as an essential element of Gerry Mulligan’s cool-jazz quartet of the early 1950s to his own recordings as a popular performer leading his own bands to his days as a world-wandering solo artist, this collection rounds up characteristic recordings that shine a fine light on Baker’s highly personalized trumpet and vocal work. The two versions of “My Funny Valentine,” the Rodgers and Hart show tune that Baker transformed into a jazz standard -- one instrumental, one vocal -- are proof enough of his rare, often exquisite, artistry.
All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
By no means essential to fans, Deep in a Dream: The Ultimate Chet Baker Collection is still a wonderful resource for first-time listeners to discover Baker. His gorgeous trumpet playing displayed a passion and energy that was fueled by a tragic life filled with bad luck, jail sentences, and heroin abuse. Despite all of his problems, he still maintained an incredible sound, giving his music the emotional punch it needed to rise above simple pop music. Tracks like "My Funny Valentine" and "The Thrill Is Gone" are some of the most beautiful jazz songs ever performed, and their power lies in the lazy slurs and tense bursts supplied by Baker's horn. Fans may want this for the previously unreleased vocal tracks of "Blue Room" and "Spring Is Here," but this is more oriented toward curious listeners. Few other Baker collections could match this for sheer quality, so anyone looking to start their journey into his catalog would do themselves a favor by picking this up first.
52nd St. Jazz
Gavin has chosen and annotated an outstanding 19-track survey of the early, bountiful years of a trumpeter "known in the '50s for having a sound like candy; a beautiful, winsome face; and a stare as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa's."

Gavin has chosen and annotated an outstanding 19-track survey of the early, bountiful years of a trumpeter "known in the '50s for having a sound like candy; a beautiful, winsome face; and a stare as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa's."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353593728
  • Catalog Number: 35937
  • Sales rank: 143,289

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chet Baker Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Bill Evans Piano
Bob Florence Conductor
Russ Freeman Piano
Hal Galper Piano
Chico Hamilton Drums
Herbie Mann Flute
Shelly Manne Drums
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Bud Shank Flute, Alto Saxophone
Bobby Timmons Piano
Phil Urso Tenor Saxophone
Gianni Basso Tenor Saxophone
Felix Slatkin Strings
Fausto Papetti Baritone Saxophone
Connie Kay Drums
Jymie Merritt Bass
Seymour Barab Cello
James Buffington Flugelhorn
Larry Bunker Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Franco Cerri Bass
Jacques Gasselin Strings
George Kast Strings
Louis Kievman Strings
Peter Littman Drums
Bill Loughbrough Boobams
Joe Mondragon Bass
Bob Neel Drums
Paul Robyn Strings
Russ Savakus Bass
Paul Shure Strings
Carson Smith Bass
Bob Tricarico Bassoon
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Jimmy Bond Bass
Samuel Cytron Strings
Charlie Rice Drums
Eudice Shapiro Strings
Gene Victory Drums
Mario Pezzotta Trombone
Victor Gottlieb Strings
Glauco Masetti Alto Saxophone
Len Mercer Conductor
Technical Credits
Tadd Dameron Arranger
Bob Florence Arranger
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Ron McMaster Mastering
Bob Zieff Arranger
James Gavin Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Burton Yount Art Direction
Len Mercer Arranger
Richard Dumas Cover Photo
Jerry Gladstone Composer
P. Urso Composer
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