Deep in a Dream: The Ultimate Chet Baker Collection

Deep in a Dream: The Ultimate Chet Baker Collection

by Chet Baker
     
 

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 JamesSee more details below

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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.

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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."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724353593728
catalogNumber:
35937
Rank:
144244

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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,Composer
Bob Florence   Arranger
Russ Freeman   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Don Raye   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Bob Zieff   Arranger
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
James Gavin   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
Len Mercer   Arranger
Richard Dumas   Cover Photo
P. Urso   Composer

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