The Last Great Concert: My Favorite Songs, Vol. 1 & 2

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This 1988 concert turned out to be Chet Baker's swan song, because he died just two weeks after this performance, after a still-unexplained fall from a hotel balcony. Baker is alternately heard with either the NDR Big Band, the Radio Orchestra Hannover, or a small group, sticking mostly to standards and classic jazz compositions. Baker, who could be very inconsistent during the period after his teeth were knocked out in a brawl, is in top form throughout this evening. Baker's understated, haunting playing of "All Blues" has a special poignancy. He opens the evening with "My Funny Valentine" backed solely by guitar, with a delayed entrance by pianist Walter Norris with whom ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This 1988 concert turned out to be Chet Baker's swan song, because he died just two weeks after this performance, after a still-unexplained fall from a hotel balcony. Baker is alternately heard with either the NDR Big Band, the Radio Orchestra Hannover, or a small group, sticking mostly to standards and classic jazz compositions. Baker, who could be very inconsistent during the period after his teeth were knocked out in a brawl, is in top form throughout this evening. Baker's understated, haunting playing of "All Blues" has a special poignancy. He opens the evening with "My Funny Valentine" backed solely by guitar, with a delayed entrance by pianist Walter Norris with whom he last played three decades earlier and the 43-piece orchestra; his vocals quaver a bit but are quite sincere. Baker seems energized by the snappy chart of "Well, You Needn't," which features another old friend from his West Coast days, alto saxophonist Herb Geller. The leader is joined by a four-piece rhythm section anchored by Norris for an easygoing jaunt through Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way." The big band is again on-hand for the richly textured arrangement of John Lewis' "Django," with Baker making every note count. Baker basks in the upbeat return visit to "Look for the Silver Lining," which he first recorded during his heyday with Pacific Jazz. His vocals take on a special meaning in the melancholy ballad "I Get Along Without You Very Well." Geller and Norris are perfect foils for the trumpeter in the rapid-fire rendition of George Shearing's "Conception." Geller and Baker mix it up in the inspired workout of "Sippin' at Bells." To wrap the show, Baker reprises "My Funny Valentine," again playing trumpet then singing, with Norris and bassist Lucas Lindholm as his sole accompanists. Originally issued on two separate discs by Enja in 1988, this reissue combines both volumes in one very affordable set. This concert is definitely one of the best recordings of the last decade of Chet Baker's career; in any case, it should be considered an essential purchase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2004
  • Label: Enja Justin Time
  • UPC: 068944331123
  • Catalog Number: 3311

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chet Baker Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Herb Geller Flute, Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Walter Norris Piano
Wolfgang Ahlers Trombone
Lennart Axelsson Trumpet
Egon Christmann Trombone
Harald Ende Flute, Reeds
Heinz Habermann Trumpet
Bob Lanese Trumpet
Lucas Lindholm Bass, Double Bass
Paddy Plato Trombone
Aage Tanggaard Drums
Emil Wurster Flute, Reeds
S. Bleier Flute
M. Brockhaus Viola
W. Ebert Cello
M. Gunther Bass
F. Haus Violin
H. Jeroschewitz Cello
A. Karow Bass
K. Kirschvink Clarinet
W. Krohne Violin
D. Luhrmann Oboe
J. Peitz Clarinet
D. Penkov Viola
Ch. Pohl Viola
W. Rudiger Bassoon
W. Schadow Violin
V. Schell Violin
W. Schlüter Vibes
U.V. Stemm French Horn
H. Yashima Violin
A. Boether Flute, Reeds
A. Schleinschock Violin
K. Matsubara Oboe
H. Bosse Violin
J. Meyer Violin
G. Moos Viola
M. Moch Trumpet
E. Cieslinski Violin
V. Mutschler Violin
John Schröder Guitar
H. Jahreis Violin
W. Laatz Violin
K. Nagurski Flute, Reeds
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Dave Brubeck Composer
Miles Davis Composer
John Lewis Composer
George Shearing Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Bjorn Brigsne Engineer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Dieter Glawischnig Director
Walter Gross Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Matthias Winckelmann Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Scott Yanow Liner Notes
Bernard Ebbinghouse Arranger
Kurt Giese Liner Notes
DuBose Heyward Composer
Horst Muhlbradt Arranger
Mike Conant translation
Manfred Kietzke Engineer
Norddeutschen Rundfunks Audio Production
Kurt Geise Liner Notes
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