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Pacific Jazz Years
Genres: Jazz, Pop
For fans wanting to grab a reasonably priced, excellent representation of some of Chet Baker's finest playing and singing, The Pacific Jazz Years is an excellent choice. Collecting work from 1952 to 1957, these four CDs in... more »
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For fans wanting to grab a reasonably priced, excellent representation of some of Chet Baker's finest playing and singing, The Pacific Jazz Years is an excellent choice. Collecting work from 1952 to 1957, these four CDs include Baker's work with the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Art Pepper. From the tangled bop knots of Baker's collaborations with Mulligan to the sweetly low-key ballads to his most romantic vocals, this collection simply has it all. Packaged with an excellent booklet, this set can't be beat. --S. Duda
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thejazzcritic | Denver, CO United States | 03/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This may be one of the finer Pacific Jazz archives in itself, to forget for a moment the velvet sledgehammer that was Chet Baker. Including some great arrangements and performances by almost all the luminaries of West Coast jazz (Russ Freeman, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper etc.), this collection stands as a more than adequate representation of the jazz of the moment. I can sit down and hear the width of a Los Angeles street, I can see the light in the air, in every cut on these eight sides. Jazz was indeed a community event.As for individuals, however, Chet Baker shines as a craftsman of melody on these sides. Have a listen to some of your other recordings of the melodies tested here and you'll hear Baker structuring his approach to his improvised melodies. Some sections, some entire solos, are laid down exactly the same as in successive versions. This shouldn't surprise anyone, as jazz has often been constructed line by line in this way, but it is a joy to hear such a competent craftsman at work.My favorite tracks are on the first disc, which features many live takes. These are by far some of the freshest recordings Baker, Mulligan et. al, made of their material. Truly fresh, uninhibited, and to some degree, untested material that brought fame to Baker ultimately, but which emerge of the discs, beautifully engineered and produced, as the raw experiments which led to the identity of these men, but also of this region, this style (if you will) and this medium."