The Best of Chet Baker Sings

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
To much of the pop as opposed to the jazz audience, Chet Baker was known not as an able cool jazz trumpeter, but as a romantic balladeer. The two classifications were not mutually exclusive; Baker's vocal numbers would also feature his trumpet playing, as well as fine instrumental support from West Coast cool jazzers. For those who prefer the vocal side of the Baker canon, this is an excellent compilation of his best vintage material in that mode. The 20 tracks draw from sessions covering the era when he was generally conceded to be at his vocal peak 1953-1956, and are dominated by standards from the likes of Rodgers & Hart, Carmichael, Gershwin, and Kern. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
To much of the pop as opposed to the jazz audience, Chet Baker was known not as an able cool jazz trumpeter, but as a romantic balladeer. The two classifications were not mutually exclusive; Baker's vocal numbers would also feature his trumpet playing, as well as fine instrumental support from West Coast cool jazzers. For those who prefer the vocal side of the Baker canon, this is an excellent compilation of his best vintage material in that mode. The 20 tracks draw from sessions covering the era when he was generally conceded to be at his vocal peak 1953-1956, and are dominated by standards from the likes of Rodgers & Hart, Carmichael, Gershwin, and Kern. Baker's singing was white and naïve in the best senses, with a quavering, uncertain earnestness that embodied a certain safe strain of mid-'50s bohemianism. That's the Baker heard on this collection, which contains some his most famous interpretations, including "My Funny Valentine," "Time After Time," "There Will Never Be Another You," and "Let's Get Lost."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/1989
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 077779293223
  • Catalog Number: 92932
  • Sales rank: 35,065

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chet Baker Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Russ Freeman Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
Peter Littman Drums
Joe Mondragon Bass
Larance Marable Drums
Bob Neel Drums
Carson Smith Bass
Jimmy Bond Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Richard Bock Producer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin Composer
Richard Mantel Art Direction
Franko Caligiuri Art Direction
Ferde Grofé Composer
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