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Grey December
Chet Baker
Grey December
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #1

If the cool jazz trend of the 1950s was intended to mean the opposite of what hot jazz stood for--sprightly syncopations at breakneck tempos--many of its supposed practitioners played at the wrong temperature. But trumpete...  more »

      
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All Artists: Chet Baker
Title: Grey December
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1/14/1992
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Cool Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 077779716029, 0077779716050, 077779716043

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If the cool jazz trend of the 1950s was intended to mean the opposite of what hot jazz stood for--sprightly syncopations at breakneck tempos--many of its supposed practitioners played at the wrong temperature. But trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker always epitomized the style--quiet, often somber, self-absorbed to the point of fragility. He was nevertheless a player who could summon great soul to his performance and who found a kindred spirit in Charlie Parker when the alto saxophonist made an ill-fated West coast trip. Grey December combines a session with Herb Geller on alto sax, Jack Montrose on tenor, and Bud Shank on flute with a 1955 session setting Baker's trumpet and vocals against moody string arrangements. --John Swenson
 

CD Reviews

His 1st sessions as a leader are exellent,with superb vocals
lala 1 | 11/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Chet Baker was always a lyrical trumpet player, especially on ballads, his cool tone, always was romantic, and moody. However his singing is what makes him so unique. These 1st sessions of Baker's as a leader are superb, his vocalizing on teh 1st several tracks is exellent. He sings Someone To Watch Over Me & This Is Always with pure romanticism. He is the original funny valentine so expressed in the Rodgers & Hart song. A greta cd, and an essential perfromer of jazz."