The Very Best of Chet Baker

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The 2012 compilation The Very Best of Chet Baker collects tracks the legendary jazz trumpeter recorded for several labels in the '50s and '60s, including Riverside, Fantasy, and Prestige. These are stellar small-group sides in the easygoing West Coast "cool" style that Baker helped popularize. Included here are two of the cuts Baker recorded with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, including his classic 1952 version of "My Funny Valentine." Also featured are cuts from Baker's early work leading his own group on such albums as 1958's It Could Happen to You and Chet, 1959's In Milan, and 1965's Smokin' with the Chet Baker Quintet. As a single-disc summation of Baker's work ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The 2012 compilation The Very Best of Chet Baker collects tracks the legendary jazz trumpeter recorded for several labels in the '50s and '60s, including Riverside, Fantasy, and Prestige. These are stellar small-group sides in the easygoing West Coast "cool" style that Baker helped popularize. Included here are two of the cuts Baker recorded with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, including his classic 1952 version of "My Funny Valentine." Also featured are cuts from Baker's early work leading his own group on such albums as 1958's It Could Happen to You and Chet, 1959's In Milan, and 1965's Smokin' with the Chet Baker Quintet. As a single-disc summation of Baker's work during his most storied period, The Very Best of Chet Baker works quite well. It is nice that you get some of the mid-'60s tracks recorded in New York during Baker's first career "comeback" from his initial, and well-publicized, struggle with heroin addiction. In that sense, The Very Best of Chet Baker gives you a full picture of Baker's rise to stardom as a lyrical and poetic jazz heartthrob to his eventual transition into a hardened if still uncannily gifted and emotive journeyman artist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072337572
  • Catalog Number: 33757
  • Sales rank: 80,162

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Funny Valentine - Gerry Mulligan Quartet (2:59)
  2. 2 Moonlight In Vermont - Gerry Mulligan Quartet (4:09)
  3. 3 Do It the Hard Way (3:03)
  4. 4 My Heart Stood Still (3:28)
  5. 5 Old Devil Moon (2:59)
  6. 6 Fair Weather (6:56)
  7. 7 If You Could See Me Now (5:18)
  8. 8 How High the Moon (3:38)
  9. 9 Look For the Silver Lining (4:37)
  10. 10 The Song is You (2:33)
  11. 11 Almost Like Being In Love (4:53)
  12. 12 I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face (4:15)
  13. 13 Have You Met Miss Jones? (6:39)
  14. 14 When You're Gone (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chet Baker Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Roy Brooks Drums
George Coleman Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Drew Piano
Bill Evans Piano
Johnny Griffin Tenor Saxophone
Al Haig Piano
Chico Hamilton Drums
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Sam Jones Bass
Kirk Lightsey Piano
Herbie Mann Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Gerry Mulligan Leader, Baritone Saxophone
Gianni Basso Tenor Saxophone
Bob Corwin Piano
Connie Kay Drums
Clifford Jarvis Drums
Paul Chambers Bass
Earl May Bass
George Morrow Bass
Zoot Sims Alto Saxophone
Carson Smith Bass
Herman Wright Bass
Renato Sellani Piano
Franco Serri Bass
Gene Victory Drums
Glauco Masetti Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Tadd Dameron Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Benny Golson Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jack Higgins Engineer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Orrin Keepnews Recording Producer
Burton Lane Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Giulio Libano Arranger
Carl Sigman Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Doug Ramsey Liner Notes
John Blackburn Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Joe Tarrantino Mastering
Roy Friedman Engineer
William Lewis Composer
Richard Carpenter Recording Producer
Bill Grauer Jr. Recording Producer
Paul Hoeffler Cover Photo
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