Chet Baker Sings

Performers Chet Baker

Pacific Jazz | February 10, 1998 | Compact Disc

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Chet Baker made his musical debut in 1952 as an integral member of Gerry Mulligan's modernist piano-less quartet, by all accounts marking the beginning of the post-bop West Coast style. So it came as quite a shock when Baker made his singing debut on this seminal 1954 release, he sounded less like a member of the cool school than a boy crooner straight out of the '40s! Actually, left to his own non-Mulligan devices, Chet Baker the instrumentalist was not an innovator in the post-bebop mode. What his sideline singing did reveal were his songful roots in the swing of Harry James and other formative influences. Still, the bland innocence of Chet Baker's All-American vocals can make for an eerily "cool" listening experience in this context. And an authentically satisfying one, as his definitive version of "My Funny Valentine" should make clear. Throughout, pianist Russ Freeman's warm, solid touch provides the perfect foil for Baker's affectless Romanticism.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 10, 1998

Genre: Trumpet

Style: Jazz

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Pacific Jazz

UPC: 724382323426

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Chet Baker Sings

Chet Baker Sings

Performers Chet Baker
Guest Artist(s) Dannie Richmond, Kenny Drew, Philly Joe Jones, Russ Freeman, Sam Jones

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 10, 1998

Genre: Trumpet

Style: Jazz

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Pacific Jazz

UPC: 724382323426


Title Track Time
1.That Old Feeling --
2.It's Always You --
3.Like Someone In Love --
4.My Ideal --
5.I've Never Been In Love Before --
6.My Buddy --
7.But Not For Me --
8.Time After Time --
9.I Get Along Without You Very Well --
10.My Funny Valentine --
11.There Will Never Be Another You --
12.Thrill Is Gone, The --
13.I Fall In Love Too Easily --
14.Look For The Silver Lining --

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Chet Baker made his musical debut in 1952 as an integral member of Gerry Mulligan's modernist piano-less quartet, by all accounts marking the beginning of the post-bop West Coast style. So it came as quite a shock when Baker made his singing debut on this seminal 1954 release, he sounded less like a member of the cool school than a boy crooner straight out of the '40s! Actually, left to his own non-Mulligan devices, Chet Baker the instrumentalist was not an innovator in the post-bebop mode. What his sideline singing did reveal were his songful roots in the swing of Harry James and other formative influences. Still, the bland innocence of Chet Baker's All-American vocals can make for an eerily "cool" listening experience in this context. And an authentically satisfying one, as his definitive version of "My Funny Valentine" should make clear. Throughout, pianist Russ Freeman's warm, solid touch provides the perfect foil for Baker's affectless Romanticism.
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