Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
With the growing popularity of Chet Baker's first vocal album, Chet Baker Sings, Pacific Jazz producer Richard Bock wanted to capitalize on both facets of his young star's abilities. Hence, the trumpeter turned vocalist entered the studio in 1955 with both his quartet featuring pianist Russ Freeman and an expanded sextet including bassist Red Mitchell, Bud Shank on flute, and various string players. The resulting album, Chet Baker Sings and Plays, helped set in stone the image of Baker as the jazz world's matinee idol and icon of '50s West Coast cool. His laid-back style -- a mix of '30s crooner and Miles Davis' nonet recordings -- appealed in its immediacy to a jazz public...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
With the growing popularity of Chet Baker's first vocal album, Chet Baker Sings, Pacific Jazz producer Richard Bock wanted to capitalize on both facets of his young star's abilities. Hence, the trumpeter turned vocalist entered the studio in 1955 with both his quartet featuring pianist Russ Freeman and an expanded sextet including bassist Red Mitchell, Bud Shank on flute, and various string players. The resulting album, Chet Baker Sings and Plays, helped set in stone the image of Baker as the jazz world's matinee idol and icon of '50s West Coast cool. His laid-back style -- a mix of '30s crooner and Miles Davis' nonet recordings -- appealed in its immediacy to a jazz public tiring of the hyper, athletic musicality of bebop. Similarly, his plaintive, warm trumpet sound was the more sensitive antidote to such brassy kings as Dizzy Gillespie and Clifford Brown. Others artists had performed many of these standards before, but as with "My Funny Valentine" on Chet Baker Sings, tracks like "Let's Get Lost," "Long Ago and Far Away," and "Just Friends" became definitively associated with Baker for the rest of his career. Chet Baker Sings and Chet Baker Sings and Plays are not only the two most important albums of Baker's career, but are classics of jazz. [The 2004 EMI reissue of Chet Baker Sings and Plays includes an EP version of "Let's Get Lost" not included on the original album.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724357996723
  • Catalog Number: 79967
  • Sales rank: 51,260

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chet Baker Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Russ Freeman Piano
Red Mitchell Bass, Double Bass
Bud Shank Flute
Corky Hale Harp
Ray Kramer Cello
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Bob Neel Drums
Carson Smith Bass, Double Bass
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Kurt Reher Cello
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Richard Bock Producer, Audio Production
Frank Campo Arranger, Composer
Michael Cuscuna Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Gene DePaul Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
M. Gordon Composer
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Marty Paich Arranger
Ron McMaster Mastering
Johnny Mercer Composer
Don Raye Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Victor Schertzinger Composer
John Klenner Composer
Ferde Grofé Composer
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