The Definitive Chet Baker

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There’s a reason Chet Baker has become a modern legend. As both a trumpeter and singer, Baker conveyed a romantic sensitivity that cut right to the bone. Although he helped define the “cool” sound of 1950s West Coast jazz, Baker can’t be pigeonholed. All of his best work has a touchingly immediate quality that reaches beyond the typical jazz canon -- it can only be called great music, pure and simple. This superior collection provides a satisfying overview of Baker’s instrumental and vocal talents. Although far too much has been made of Baker’s personal tragedies, the jewels contained in this quality set restore his luster as a first-rate musical artist.
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Barnes & Noble
There’s a reason Chet Baker has become a modern legend. As both a trumpeter and singer, Baker conveyed a romantic sensitivity that cut right to the bone. Although he helped define the “cool” sound of 1950s West Coast jazz, Baker can’t be pigeonholed. All of his best work has a touchingly immediate quality that reaches beyond the typical jazz canon -- it can only be called great music, pure and simple. This superior collection provides a satisfying overview of Baker’s instrumental and vocal talents. Although far too much has been made of Baker’s personal tragedies, the jewels contained in this quality set restore his luster as a first-rate musical artist.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This fine sampler has music from most of the periods of trumpeter Chet Baker's career, programmed in chronological order. Baker is heard with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet "Freeway", leading his own quartet with pianist Russ Freeman including "My Funny Valentine", and on selections from 1964, 1965, 1977, and 1983 "Stella By Starlight" with Stan Getz. Although far from complete, this CD does give listeners a good glimpse at Baker's playing and singing he takes vocals on eight of the 13 numbers and does not shy away from his underrated late-period work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724354003929
  • Catalog Number: 40039
  • Sales rank: 15,362

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chet Baker Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Bob Brookmeyer Valve Trombone
Ron Carter Bass
Richard Davis Bass
Russ Freeman Piano
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Chico Hamilton Drums
Bob James Piano
Hank Jones Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
Jim McNeely Piano
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Bud Shank Baritone Saxophone
Tony Williams Drums
Seldon Powell Reeds
Victor Lewis Drums
Alan Ross Reeds
Connie Kay Drums
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Kenny Barron Electric Piano
Gene Bertoncini Guitar
Larry Bunker Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Léon Cohen Reeds
Peter Littman Drums
George Mraz Bass
Bob Neel Drums
Bobby Scott Piano
Carson Smith Bass, Drums
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Jimmy Bond Bass
Charlie Rice Drums
Wilford Holcombe Reeds
Henry Freeman Reeds
Michael Fleming Bass
Technical Credits
Richard Bock Producer
Michael Cuscuna Executive Producer
Luchi de Jesus Producer
Don Sebesky Producer
Jack Montrose Arranger
Cees Schrama Producer
Bobby Scott Arranger, Producer
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Doug Ramsey Liner Notes
Tom Evered Executive Producer
Jennifer Ditsler Copy Editing
Kurt Lundvall Mastering
Carole Reiff Cover Photo
Mabel Wayne Composer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    chet opened my ears

    seriously, i dunno wat to say for myself but his music n singing really opened my ears to the world of jazz. i wonder wat else i can find which is similiar to chet. can anybody enlighten me on this?

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