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Chet Baker covering "Well You Needn't"--a typically knotty tune by Thelonious Monk? Here's an excellent and surprisingly muscular session from Baker, a trumpeter known for his soft-as-butter tone and his heart-on-sleeve em... more »
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Chet Baker covering "Well You Needn't"--a typically knotty tune by Thelonious Monk? Here's an excellent and surprisingly muscular session from Baker, a trumpeter known for his soft-as-butter tone and his heart-on-sleeve emotive playing. Throughout, Baker's playing is uncommonly crisp as he gets out in front of notes and stays there, never lagging behind or having to reach to hit his mark. He was never known as a bop player, yet this exceptionally recorded date shows he had both the timing and the chops to handle just about anything that came his way. Baker even manages to fit in "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," so fans of the romantic Chet will also have something sigh over. --S. Duda
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Philip S. from NORWICH, VT
Reviewed on 9/6/2006...
recorded in 1961 in Rome, digitally remastered.
Exceptionally focused and commanding trumpet playing
Michael Laprarie | Oklahoma City, OK USA | 05/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The 1960's are often considered the low point of Chet Baker's rocky career, but this album recorded in 1962 is undoubtedly one of the finest efforts of his early playing. Baker is aided and abetted by American tenorman and flutist Bobby Jaspar and propelled by the exhuberant Daniel Humair, Europe's answer to the sensational hard bop drummer Philly Joe Jones.Although Chet is primarily known as an interpreter of wispy ballads and standards, he stands out on this set as an advanced, aggressive be-bop improviser. His playing on the Thelonious Monk classic "Well, You Needn't" and high-speed romp through "Pent-Up House" are two of the best versions of these tunes ever recorded, and he excels on Charlie Parker's "Barbados". Also worth mentioning is "Blues In The Closet", unusual in the sense that Chet did not record many good interpretations of tunes based on blues changes.Although there is no singing here, Chet's unusually focused command and skilled playing make this album a must-have for fans of Chet's trumpet playing. If you are a traditional be-bop/hard bop fan who has never approached Chet Baker, give this album a try."
Chet Baker, Horns In
Michael Laprarie | 08/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I imagine if you're reading these reviews that you are familiar with Chet Baker's music. I got into listening to him after seeing the flick "Let's Get Lost", a biography of his life and how drug use brought him down. It's not a flattering film, but it is honest. I'm glad to have a cd of him just playing his trumpet without singing. His soft, warm voice, is excellent for setting a romantic mood. The "Italian Sessions" however, is more for attentive listening. It shows he could have done straight bop had he chosen to. This is a great cd, and it deserves to be included in anyone's jazz collection."