by Jeff Baker


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A quick sophomore release following the previous year's Baker Sings Chet, Monologue is another chance for jazz singer Jeff Baker to come out of his Idahoan hiding place. The songs vary a good deal more than the Chet Baker repertoire of his debut, and provide a larger palette for him to work with. As such, there's a greater spectrum of sound as a result. Baker holds on to a melancholy tune quite well, opening the album with a couple of such numbers. Other pieces demand a slightly faster, more jumping approach. Baker doesn't disappoint, but his seemingly Hartman-inspired delivery tends to lag behind the tune a bit. He's got a careful approach to the vocals of a given song, which works to present the slow standards as nurtured, crafted works. At the same time however, those with a quicker pulse seem to get away from him a bit. Baker's voice is the star of the show, despite good shows from the backing band as a whole, with special note going to pianist Bill Anschell and Brent Jensen, both of whom take extended solos at leisure. For those curious about Baker's rising abilities, Baker Sings Chet may prove a better introductory album. This one will be a nice addition for those who enjoyed the debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Oa2
UPC: 0805552201925
catalogNumber: 22019

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Baker   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Bishop   Drums
Bill Anschell   Piano
Doug Miller   Bass,Double Bass
Brent Jensen   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Jeff Baker   Vocals
David Sabee   Cello

Technical Credits

Tracy Chapman   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
M. Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Reed Ruddy   Engineer
Carl Sigman   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Bill Anschell   Arranger
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Gerhard Winkler   Composer
Todd Bishop   Cover Photo
Jeff Baker   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Fred Rauch   Composer
R.D. Hundley   Composer
Jeff Baker   Arranger,Producer

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