Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
David Hewitt | Philadelphia, PA | 07/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a find this CD was, a work of undeniable beauty. Buster Williams seems to have a knack for showing up on these kinds of crystalline, understated small-group sessions, and enough cannot be said of the somber elegance of Baker's playing either just above or below the surface of Friedman's exquisite compositions. Horace Silver's 'Peace' perhaps never got better treatment, but for me the true standout is the song 'For Now', one of the most soulful, atmospheric improvisations one could ever hope to absorb."
A late era Chet Baker classic
Phasedin | 12/20/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album was recorded in 1982, 6 years before Chet Baker's untimely death, but you can hardly tell this from his outstanding playing. He plays as beautifully as ever. Vibraphonist David Friedman enhances these songs, but the definite highlight is Chet's sweet trumpet, perfect in every way. It is not a superb band, but his playing certainly makes up for it."
Late career must for all Jazz fans...
Phasedin | New Jersey | 08/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just tonight doing a search here on Amazon for Chet Baker-and there's 458 titles that come up! Granted, some of these are multiple issues of the same album/CD along with many compilations, but even accounting for that there sure is a TON of Baker material here.
When you read of Baker's life, well, his music certainly doesn't reflect the chaos that was his existence. If you knew nothing of Chet's life you would probably reflect that this guy had it all together...music is a strange mistress I guess.
If you like small groups (like I do) and like the personell of a recording date to be consistant from track-to-track on a recording, well then stop here. What a band..Buster Williams upright bass, and an incredibly subtle in-tune with the atmosphere Joe Chambers on drums make just the right moves to go with the music. Man do these guys know how to make a musical portrait without looking to solo and overplay all over the place (something the young cats today seriously need to learn).
A great, great lineup..no piano at all, just bass, drums and the wonderful David Friedman on both vibes and marimba...I don't know if it gets better than this, really.
This is an Enja records release (recorded in 1982) and their studio sound is perfect and often recalls it's European fellow label ECM in terms of high-quality clear-as-a-bell sound.
There's only 2 standards here, the other 5 tracks are all Friedman originals and one could easily be tempted to claim that this is just as much a David Friedman as a Chet Baker date.
True of not it probably doesn't affect the music and the listening enjoyment contained within this crystal-clear jewel.
This is easily one of the best jazz recordings of it's year (1982).
I don't think this has gotten anywhere near the attention it deserves either as a jazz masterpiece or even within Baker's own recorded output. But that shouldn't stop you (or me) from putting it in that catagory."