Stairway to the Stars

Stairway to the Stars

by Chet Baker
     
 
During a three-day period in 1965, trumpeter Chet Baker (who during the era was exclusively playing flugelhorn) recorded five albums for Prestige that were soon forgotten, despite their quality. In 1997, the entire program was reissued on three CDs (which also include Lonely Star and On a Misty Night

Overview

During a three-day period in 1965, trumpeter Chet Baker (who during the era was exclusively playing flugelhorn) recorded five albums for Prestige that were soon forgotten, despite their quality. In 1997, the entire program was reissued on three CDs (which also include Lonely Star and On a Misty Night), showing that Baker was in excellent form at the time. Chet is teamed with tenor saxophonist George Coleman, pianist Kirk Lightsey (in top form), bassist Herman Wright and drummer Roy Brooks; the one-time gathering group on the whole sometimes recalls the Miles Davis Quintet of 1956. There are some occasional missteps (Baker gets a bit lost during the rapid rendition of "Cherokee" that opens this CD), but overall, the music (some light swingers and a few more heated tracks) is quite rewarding. Producer Richard Carpenter (Baker's manager at the time and best known for writing "Walkin'") contributed three songs to this set (and 13 others to the other two CDs), which also includes three jazz standards, a few obscurities, and three Tadd Dameron originals. Enjoyable straight-ahead music.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0025218517324
catalogNumber:
5003043
Rank:
74651

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Baker   Primary Artist,Flugelhorn
Roy Brooks   Drums
George Coleman   Tenor Saxophone
Kirk Lightsey   Piano
Herman Wright   Bass

Technical Credits

Chet Baker   Contributor
Roy Brooks   Contributor
George Coleman   Contributor
Kirk Lightsey   Contributor
Sonny Stitt   Composer
Mark Gardner   Liner Notes
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Bob Porter   Liner Notes
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Herman Wright   Contributor
Matty Malneck   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Jack McKinney   Liner Notes
Michael Morgan   Liner Notes
Richard Carpenter   Composer,Producer

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