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The Chet Baker Sextet

Chet Baker Sextet features tracks recorded by trumpeter Chet Baker in 1954 and 1957 for the Pacific Jazz label and released over the years on various albums, including the original Playboys date. These are stellar "West Coast"-style tracks reminiscent of the small group work Baker did with saxophonist Jerry Mulligan and featuring first class arrangements by Jack Montrose and Bob Zieff. However, the Zieff cuts feature an unusual for the period chamber-style group with French horn, bassoon, cello, bass clarinet, and bass. The result was softly angular and very modern for the time. Interestingly most of the tracks have remained largely unavailable until this collection. While there are far more influential Baker albums from the '50s, Sextet is a beautiful album and a must-hear for Baker aficionados.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2004
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724357996921
catalogNumber: 79969
Rank: 93648

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Baker   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer   Valve Trombone
Russ Freeman   Piano
Shelly Manne   Drums
Bud Shank   Baritone Saxophone
Gene Allen   Bass Clarinet
Seymour Barab   Cello
James Buffington   French Horn
Russ Savakus   Bass,Double Bass
Carson Smith   Bass,Double Bass
Bob Tricarico   Bassoon
Jim Buffington   French Horn

Technical Credits

Bill Holman   Arranger,Composer
Richard Bock   Producer,Audio Production
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Composer
Jack Montrose   Arranger,Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Bob Zieff   Arranger,Composer
William Claxton   Cover Design
Hoffman   Composer
Paul Madeira   Composer
Maurice Sigler   Composer
Mabel Wayne   Composer

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