The Best of Chet Baker Sings

The Best of Chet Baker Sings

by Chet Baker


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To much of the pop (as opposed to the jazz) audience, Chet Baker was known not as an able cool jazz trumpeter, but as a romantic balladeer. The two classifications were not mutually exclusive; Baker's vocal numbers would also feature his trumpet playing, as well as fine instrumental support from West Coast cool jazzers. For those who prefer the vocal side of the Baker canon, this is an excellent compilation of his best vintage material in that mode. The 20 tracks draw from sessions covering the era when he was generally conceded to be at his vocal peak (1953-1956), and are dominated by standards from the likes of Rodgers & Hart, Carmichael, Gershwin, and Kern. Baker's singing was white and naïve in the best senses, with a quavering, uncertain earnestness that embodied a certain (safe) strain of mid-'50s bohemianism. That's the Baker heard on this collection, which contains some his most famous interpretations, including "My Funny Valentine," "Time After Time," "There Will Never Be Another You," and "Let's Get Lost."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/1989
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0077779293223
catalogNumber: 92932
Rank: 49641

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Baker   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Russ Freeman   Piano
Shelly Manne   Drums
Peter Littman   Drums
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Larance Marable   Drums
Bob Neel   Drums
Carson Smith   Bass
Jimmy Bond   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Richard Bock   Producer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Richard Mantel   Art Direction
Franko Caligiuri   Art Direction
Ferde Grofé   Composer

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