Essential Collection

The Essential Collection

by Chet Baker
     
 

The early '50s saw Chet Baker honing his talents on the trumpet, plying his craft in hard bop and cool jazz. Singing was not yet his forté, but playing with strings, as he does here on select tracks, probably left many of his fans nonplussed. This double-CD collection with a whopping 45 tracks gives an example of the diverse Baker, not necessarily his best from start…  See more details below

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The early '50s saw Chet Baker honing his talents on the trumpet, plying his craft in hard bop and cool jazz. Singing was not yet his forté, but playing with strings, as he does here on select tracks, probably left many of his fans nonplussed. This double-CD collection with a whopping 45 tracks gives an example of the diverse Baker, not necessarily his best from start to finish. The value in this project is the inclusion of the long neglected pianist and composer Russ Freeman, who is represented by seven compositions and his wonderful playing. Equally important is the contribution of saxophonist/composer Jack Montrose, a criminally neglected jazz figure who shows up on five vital cuts, as well as the more popularized Zoot Sims, who is included as a bandmate. It's an inconsistent program for sure, but retains beaucoup merit in the aforementioned sections.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
Label:
Avid Records Uk
UPC:
5022810188520
catalogNumber:
885

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Is It Romantic?  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  2. Pavane for a Dead Princess  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  3. This Time the Dream's on Me  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  4. Maid in Mexico  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  5. Imagination  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  6. Russ Job  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  7. Batter Up  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  8. Easy to Love  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  9. No Ties  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  10. Band Aid  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  11. Bea's Flat  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  12. All the Things You Are  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  13. Long Ago and Far Away  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  14. Moon Love  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  15. Happy Little Sunbeam  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  16. Carson City Stage  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  17. Winter Wonderland  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  18. The Thrill Is Gone  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  19. Headline  -  Chet Baker Ensemble
  20. Bockhanal  -  Chet Baker Ensemble
  21. Ergo  -  Chet Baker Ensemble
  22. A Dandy Line  -  Chet Baker Ensemble
  23. Pro Defunctus  -  Chet Baker Ensemble
  24. Little Old Lady  -  Chet Baker Ensemble
  25. Moonlight Becomes You  -  Chet Baker Ensemble
  26. Goodbye  -  Chet Baker Ensemble

Disc 2

  1. Summertime  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  2. Tenderly  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  3. You Go to My Head  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  4. There's a Small Hotel  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  5. Lover Man  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  6. Moonlight in Vermont  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  7. These Foolish Things  -  Chet Baker Quartet
  8. I Married an Angel
  9. A Little Duet for Zoot and Chet
  10. Love Walked In
  11. You Better Go Now
  12. Trickleydidlier
  13. Why Shouldn't I
  14. I'm Through with Love
  15. You Don't Know What Love Is
  16. What a Diff'rence a Day Made
  17. The Wind
  18. Love
  19. I Love You

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Baker   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Shelly Manne   Drums
Red Mitchell   Bass
Bud Shank   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Flute
Felix Slatkin   Strings
Larry Bunker   Drums
Jacques Gasselin   Strings
Gérard Gustin   Piano
George Kast   Strings
Louis Kievman   Strings
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Jack Montrose   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Robyn   Strings
Paul Shure   Strings
Carson Smith   Bass
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Samuel Cytron   Strings
Eudice Shapiro   Strings
Victor Gottlieb   Strings
Bobby Whitlock   Bass
Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers   Tenor Saxophone
Russ Freeman Trio   Piano

Technical Credits

Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Shorty Rogers   Arranger
Richard Bock   Producer
Lew Brown   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Marty Paich   Arranger
Jack Montrose   Arranger
Richard Palmer   Essay
Matty Malneck   Composer
Eddie Barclay   Producer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Roger Beardsley   Digital Editing
Dave Bennett   Remastering

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