Chet Baker Best

Eliane Elias - I Thought About You: A Tribute To Chet Baker (2013)

Eliane Elias - I Thought About You: A Tribute To Chet Baker (2013)
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Genre: Vocal Jazz | Label: Concord Records

It is tempting to consider Chet Baker hommages like Jeff Baker's excellent Baker Sings Chet (OA2, 2004) or John Proulx's sublime Baker's dozen: Remembering Chet Baker (MAXJAZZ, 2009) superior to the real item. So fractured is our picture of Baker that our full appreciation of him is clouded by his extra-musical proclivities. But it is not exactly that. Baker's vibratoless trumpet and vocals, as well as, his limited technical abilities are acquired tastes, but once acquired are generally rewarding to the listener. It is not simply one thing, but the whole package that is Chet Baker. What better legacy to leave than a constant recapitulation of your famous book every-so-many years.
Chet Baker - Chet Baker Big Band (1956) {Pacific Jazz CDP 0777 7 81201 2 4 rel 1993}

Chet Baker - Chet Baker Big Band (1956) {Pacific Jazz CDP 0777 7 81201 2 4 rel 1993}
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© 1956, 1993 Pacific Jazz / Capitol | CDP 0777 7 81201 2 4
Jazz / Big Band / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Trumpet

This highly enjoyable 1993 CD issue compiles the original six-song Chet Baker Sextet 10" EP as well as the Chet Baker Big Band 12" album. Although these two sessions were held more than two years apart, this was due primarily to an extended European tour during the intervening months and Baker's obvious unavailability stateside. Releasing an entire album under the moniker Chet Baker Big Band is a bit of a misnomer, as only the first four sides actually incorporate an 11-person configuration. The remaining tracks from the long-player feature a slightly smaller nonet configuration. Among the luminaries joining Baker (trumpet) and participating in the big-band arrangements are Art Pepper (alto sax), Bud Shank (alto sax), Phil Urso (tenor sax), and Bobby Timmons (piano).
Chet Baker - Chet Baker with Fifty Italian Strings (1959) {2006 Jazzland Victor Japan Mini LP 20bit K2 Remaster VICJ-41545}

Chet Baker - Chet Baker with Fifty Italian Strings (1959) {2006 Jazzland Victor Japan Mini LP 20bit K2 Remaster VICJ-41545}
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© 1959, 2006 Jazzland / Victor Japan | 20bit K2 mastering | Mini LP | VICJ-41545
Jazz / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Vocal Jazz / Trumpet

This is a very under-rated album. The complaints are that the strings are too syrupy, yet one of Chet's most critically successful albums was Chet With Strings. This album is just as good as that one or Grey December, which also has strings. In fact, while all the songs are very good, it's worth buying just for Sammy Cahn's "I Should Care", Chet playing the BEST version of that song I have ever heard, with a GREAT string arrangement!! If you like Chet, even casually, you can't go wrong with this charming album.

Chet Baker - Chet Baker Ensemble (1953) {Pacific Jazz rel 2004}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at March 4, 2017
Chet Baker - Chet Baker Ensemble (1953) {Pacific Jazz rel 2004}

Chet Baker - Chet Baker Ensemble (1953) {Pacific Jazz rel 2004}
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© 1953, 2004 Pacific Jazz | 7243 5 79971 2 6
Jazz / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Trumpet

Chet Baker Ensemble collects all the tracks recorded by trumpeter Chet Baker and his group on a session for Pacific Jazz in late December of 1953. Having been released piecemeal on various albums over the years, this represents the first complete gathering of this material. Recorded less than two months before the legendary Chet Baker Sings sessions, these tracks showcase the young Baker as a hardcore jazz trumpeter before the public became overwhelmingly infatuated with his unique vocal abilities.
Chet Baker - Plays The Best Of Lerner & Loewe (1959) {2013 Riverside 60th} [OJC Remasters Complete Series] (Item #27)

Chet Baker - Chet Baker Plays The Best Of Lerner & Loewe (1959) {2013 Riverside 60th} [OJC Remasters Complete Series] (Item #27)
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© 2013 Riverside / Concord | 60th Anniversary of Riverside Records | 0888072345997
Jazz / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Trumpet

Concord Music Group will release five new titles in its Original Jazz Classics Remasters series. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, several bonus tracks on nearly each disc (some previously unreleased) and new liner notes providing historical context to the original material, the series celebrates the 60th anniversary of Riverside Records, the prolific New York-based label that showcased some of the most influential jazz artists and recordings of the 1950s and '60s.

The Chet Baker Quintet - Cools Out (1956) {1991, Reissue}  Music

Posted by popsakov at May 31, 2017
The Chet Baker Quintet - Cools Out (1956) {1991, Reissue}

The Chet Baker Quintet - Cools Out (1963) {1991, Reissue}
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Ⓟ 1986 / © 1991 Ace Records / Boplicity Records #CDBOP 13
Cool Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop

Reissue of Chet Baker Quintette - Chet Baker Quintette, released in 1963 on Crown Records. Chet Baker was a primary exponent of the West Coast school of cool jazz in the early and mid-'50s. As a trumpeter, he had a generally restrained, intimate playing style and he attracted attention beyond jazz for his photogenic looks and singing. Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums featuring his vocals (Chet Baker Sings, It Could Happen to You). Jazz historian Dave Gelly described the promise of Baker's early career as "James Dean, Sinatra, and Bix, rolled into one." His well-publicized drug habit also drove his notoriety and fame; Baker was in and out of jail frequently before enjoying a career resurgence in the late 1970s and '80s.

Chet Baker With The Bradley Young Trio - Chet In Chicago (2008)  Music

Posted by popsakov at May 18, 2017
Chet Baker With The Bradley Young Trio - Chet In Chicago (2008)

Chet Baker With The Bradley Young Trio - Chet In Chicago (2008)
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Jazz | Enja Records #ENJ-9524 2

For much of the last two decades of his life, Chet Baker seemed to go in the studios so often that one never knew what to expect. The results were a crapshoot, depending on whether or not Baker was suffering the effects of his drug addiction at the time. Fortunately, his friendship with Chicago-based pianist Bradley Young in the early 1980s gave the younger man an opportunity to sit in with the trumpeter. As a result, Young impulsively suggested a record date during a return engagement in 1986, which Baker accepted, though everything had to come together quickly within two days, including finding a studio and assembling a band. Oddly enough, everything works, from the fine rhythm section…
Chet Baker - She Was Too Good To Me (1974) {Reissue, Remastered}

Chet Baker - She Was Too Good To Me (1974) {Reissue, Remastered}
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Cool Jazz | CBS #ZK 40804 / DIDP 070606

Baker began his comeback after five years of musical inactivity with this excellent CTI date. Highlights include "Autumn Leaves," "Tangerine," and "With a Song in My Heart." Altoist Paul Desmond is a major asset on two songs and the occasional strings give variety to this fine session.

Chet Baker - Cool Cat (1989)  Music

Posted by popsakov at May 12, 2017
Chet Baker - Cool Cat (1989)

Chet Baker - Cool Cat (1989)
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Jazz | Timeless Records #CDSJP 262

A pleasant set, distinguished for decent versions of Harold Danko's "Swift Shifting," Jon Burr's "Caravelle," and the Rodgers and Hart tune "Blue Moon," the trumpeter plays with a competent quartet that spurs him on. Although clearly weary, Baker's trumpet has some fire left, while his vocal articulation is below par. Still, the "feel" is always there, and even Baker on a less-than-perfect day is filled with joys. He solos on trumpet at length, at least as minimalist in style as ever. At this stage in his career, he remained capable of spine-tingling versions of "Round Midnight," with the trumpeter's laid-back breathy approach laying down perfectly placed notes…
Chet Baker - Once Upon A Summertime (1977) {Galaxy OJCCD-405-2 rel 2001}

Chet Baker - Once Upon A Summertime (1977) {Galaxy OJCCD-405-2 rel 2001}
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© 1977, 2001 Galaxy / Fantasy / Chet Baker / Original Jazz Classic | OJCCD-405-2
Jazz / Cool / Bop / West Coast Jazz / Trumpet

Artists House, a classy if short-lived label, released this attractive Chet Baker LP, a quintet date with tenor saxophonist Gregory Herbert, pianist Harold Danko, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Mel Lewis. The challenging material ("The Song Is You" is the only one of the five songs that is a standard) inspires the musicians to play creative solos. It is particularly interesting to hear Baker interpret the Wayne Shorter tune "ESP."