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Chet Baker Ensemble
     

The Chet Baker Ensemble

by Chet Baker
 
Chet Baker Ensemble collects all the tracks recorded by trumpeter Chet Baker and his group on a session for Pacific Jazz in late December of 1953. Having been released piecemeal on various albums over the years, this represents the first complete gathering of this material. Recorded less than two months before the legendary Chet

Overview

Chet Baker Ensemble collects all the tracks recorded by trumpeter Chet Baker and his group on a session for Pacific Jazz in late December of 1953. Having been released piecemeal on various albums over the years, this represents the first complete gathering of this material. Recorded less than two months before the legendary Chet Baker Sings sessions, these tracks showcase the young Baker as a hardcore jazz trumpeter before the public became overwhelmingly infatuated with his unique vocal abilities. Featuring first-rate "West Coast"-style arrangements by tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose -- who also composed many of the songs -- the septet seems to combine the jocular interplay of Baker's work with saxophonist Gerry Mulligan with the hip, swinging work popularized by the large ensembles of trumpeter Shorty Rogers. Besides Montrose, backing Baker here are saxophonists Herb Geller and Bob Gordon, bassist Joe Mondragon, drummer Shelly Manne, and pianist Russ Freeman. Rating alongside the best of Baker's catalog, Chet Baker Ensemble is a must-hear for both longtime fans and neophytes of the iconic trumpeter/vocalist's work.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2004
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0724357997126
catalogNumber:
79971
Rank:
143490

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Performance Credits

Chet Baker   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Russ Freeman   Piano
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Gordon   Baritone Saxophone
Shelly Manne   Drums
Joe Mondragon   Bass,Double Bass
Jack Montrose   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Richard Bock   Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Burke   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Allan Emig   Engineer
Jack Montrose   Arranger,Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
William Claxton   Cover Design

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