The Art of the Ballad

The Art of the Ballad

by Chet Baker
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The Art of the Ballad

All but two of these 13 tracks date from the late 1950s (the other two were done in 1965), and while Baker's talents were undimmed at this point, this wasn't his best era recording-wise, in terms of either material or bands. For his best you should turn to the earlier Pacific Jazz discs, but this is still a good set of slow and sentimental Baker for those who have heard the peak stuff in this vein and want yet more. "Autumn in New York," recorded in Italy with a string orchestra, is one extreme of his sentimental predilections, yet there's also stuff in a far more straight-ahead vein with the likes of Bill Evans and Kenny Burrell among the backup musicians. "Almost Like Being in Love" is a standout, Baker's trumpet taking on an oddly echoing tone, though with its sharp bebop rhythm it's not really a ballad. Not many vocals on this set, but it does close out with a couple of good Baker-sung standards, "I'm Old Fashioned" and "My Heart Stood Still."

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/1998
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0025218311120
catalogNumber: 11011
Rank: 137217

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Baker   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Roy Brooks   Drums
George Coleman   Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Drew   Piano
Bill Evans   Piano
Haig   Piano
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Kirk Lightsey   Piano
Herbie Mann   Flute
Connie Kay   Drums
Clifford Jarvis   Drums
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Paul Chambers   Bass
Earl May   Bass
George Morrow   Bass
Zoot Sims   Alto Saxophone
Herman Wright   Bass
Renato Sellani   Piano
Franco Serri   Bass
Gene Victory   Drums
Robert Corwin   Piano

Technical Credits

Victor Herbert   Composer
Pepper Adams   Contributor
Chet Baker   Contributor
George Coleman   Contributor
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Kenny Drew   Contributor
Bill Evans   Contributor
Haig   Contributor
Philly Joe Jones   Contributor
Kirk Lightsey   Contributor
Herbie Mann   Contributor
Richard Carpenter   Producer
Connie Kay   Contributor
Clifford Jarvis   Contributor
Benny Carter   Composer
Kenny Burrell   Contributor
Paul Chambers   Contributor
Dubin   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
George Morrow   Contributor
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Zoot Sims   Contributor
Spencer Williams   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Paul De Barros   Liner Notes

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The Art of the Ballad 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Clad51 More than 1 year ago
It's something of the jazz roots, special in the performance,to be heared carefully.