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|Chet Baker (24 Karat Gold Limited Edition)|
While Chet Baker was famous for his almost evanescent singing voice and was strongly associated with West Coast jazz, this all-instrumental, all-ballad album recorded with some of New York's finest musicians may have been ... more »
While Chet Baker was famous for his almost evanescent singing voice and was strongly associated with West Coast jazz, this all-instrumental, all-ballad album recorded with some of New York's finest musicians may have been his most beautiful recording. These 1958-59 sessions place Baker in groups ranging from quartet to sextet, and his trumpet playing is strong, secure, and clear, capable of the subtlest inflections. The settings simply couldn't be better. Pianist Bill Evans was in the midst of redefining the piano ballad, and he's masterful at creating fresh harmonic underpinnings for Baker from the opening chords of "Alone Together," here reminiscent of "Blue in Green." Guitarist Kenny Burrell adds comparable support on a wistful treatment of "September Song," while Pepper Adams's baritone saxophone, present on seven tracks, is a craggy, rough-hewn complement to Baker's smoothly melodic trumpet. Herbie Mann contributes flute and arrangements to several sextet tracks, while the rhythm section, with Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones and Connie Kay sharing the drumming, is resilient and lightly propulsive. The concluding "Early Morning Mood" is a long, slow Baker blues that's a nice addition to the well-chosen set of standards. The 20-bit K2 super coding system results in excellent sound, capturing every drum detail and particularly enhancing Adams's broad, overtone-rich sound. --Stuart Broomer
Beautiful... Essential to any music lover's collection
JoeyD | los gatos, ca | 01/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Chet at his best when it comes to trumpet playing. "My Funny Valentine" is my favorite of Chet's singing albums and this is my favorite album of his showcasing his amazing ability on the trumpet. You can definitely hear how Miles Davis influenced him. The CD recording couldn't sound better, it's crisp, clean, and clear as can be. The music is very rich and soothing, it's perfect for a quiet night at home or a rainy day. Chet's group is made up of some of the top jazz musicians ever - Pepper Adams (sax), Bill Evans (piano), Kenny B. (guitar), Herbie Mann (flute) and Miles' favorite drummer and one of mine Philly Joe Jones. This is one of those albums that if you are new to jazz or would like to introduce perhaps a friend or loved one to jazz I would highly recommend purchasing this album along with "Kind of Blue" (Miles), "My Favorite Things" (Coltrane), "Song for My Father" (Horace Silver), "Sidewinder" (Lee Morgan), "Brilliant Corners" (Monk), "Take Five" (Brubeck), etc...
This is essential to anyone's music collection! I would have to rate this one as one of the all-time best. Great intro to jazz music."