Prince of Cool

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The legend of trumpeter and singer Chet Baker lives on. How much of it is due, in the popular imagination, with the glamour of his youthful good looks and subsequent dissolute lifestyle rather than the music he made during his career is hard to say, but the title of the three-CD collection Prince of Cool may tell you something. Which is too bad, because Baker’s lyrical and swinging style continues to endure as affecting jazz. This strong collection concentrates on Baker’s early musical life, spanning his popular recordings from the '50s and '60s. The first CD centers on Baker’s vocals; the second, his trumpet performances; the third, his important collaborations with...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The legend of trumpeter and singer Chet Baker lives on. How much of it is due, in the popular imagination, with the glamour of his youthful good looks and subsequent dissolute lifestyle rather than the music he made during his career is hard to say, but the title of the three-CD collection Prince of Cool may tell you something. Which is too bad, because Baker’s lyrical and swinging style continues to endure as affecting jazz. This strong collection concentrates on Baker’s early musical life, spanning his popular recordings from the '50s and '60s. The first CD centers on Baker’s vocals; the second, his trumpet performances; the third, his important collaborations with luminaries including Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, and Stan Getz. Thus, Baker’s musical range gets a fair hearing. While he was an exemplar of the West Coast “Cool School,” Baker was never limited to that genre. He may have had one of the most emotional sounds going, as both a horn player and a singer, but Baker could also turn in romping vocals and powerfully assertive trumpet performances that retain palpable force decades later. Prince of Cool tries to grab you with its seductive title, but the music it presents will alert you to the true message of this sadly misdirected jazzman.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Prince of Cool collects most of the sides the young trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker recorded for the fledgling Pacific Jazz label from 1952 to 1957. These are the recordings that defined Baker's career and largely created the aura of Baker the jazz idol. On these three discs -- separated into "Chet Sings," "Chet Plays," and "Chet & Friends" -- we find the youthful, good-looking, and technically proficient Baker before heroin addiction, dentures, and slapdash recordings forever linked the notion of tragedy to his legend. Included are such classic cuts as Baker's vocal version of "My Funny Valentine" off Chet Baker Sings, "Happy Little Sunbeam" from Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman, and Baker's storied original instrumental version of "My Funny Valentine" off Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker: Timeless. While there is little to quibble with here, all of these tracks are available elsewhere, leaving longtime fans with little incentive to pick up this anthology. However, for neophyte collectors looking to net most of Baker's early catalog, Prince of Cool is a sweet deal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724359465524
  • Catalog Number: 94655

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chet Baker Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Bob Brookmeyer Valve Trombone
Curtis Counce Bass, Double Bass
Russ Freeman Piano, Celeste
Herb Geller Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Bob Gordon Baritone Saxophone
Chico Hamilton Drums
Richie Kamuca Tenor Saxophone
Shelly Manne Drums
Red Mitchell Bass, Double Bass
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone
Bud Shank Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Bobby Timmons Piano
Phil Urso Tenor Saxophone
Pete Jolly Piano
Stan Levey Drums
Corky Hale Harp
Carl Perkins Piano
Larry Bunker Drums
Ray Kramer Cello
Peter Littman Drums
Bill Loughbrough Chromatic Tympani
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Joe Mondragon Bass, Double Bass
Larance Marable Drums
Jack Montrose Tenor Saxophone
Bob Neel Drums
Russ Savakus Bass, Double Bass
Carson Smith Bass, Double Bass
Leroy Vinnegar Bass, Double Bass
David "Buck" Wheat Guitar
Jimmy Bond Bass, Double Bass
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Kurt Reher Cello
Bobby Whitlock Bass, Double Bass
David Wheat Guitar
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Chet Baker Composer
Russ Freeman Composer
Al Haig Composer
Jimmy Heath Composer
Bill Holman Composer
Gerry Mulligan Composer
Art Pepper Composer
Phil Urso Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Harvey Leonard Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Ted Gioia Liner Notes
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Frank Campo Arranger, Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
M. Gordon Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jack Montrose Arranger, Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Don Raye Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
William Claxton Cover Photo
Arthur Johnston Composer
Kurt Lundvall Mastering
Joe Young Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Tom Adair Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Bernice Petkere Composer
Harry Revel Composer
Clifford R. Burwell Composer
James Oliver Young Composer
Newell Chase Composer
James Mundy Composer
Igor Szabason Producer
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