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Genres: Jazz, Pop
Because of his erratic recording career, buying a Chet Baker vocal title (especially from late in his career) can be a hit-or-miss affair. On this three-CD box set, the guesswork has been removed. These recordings, from th... more »
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Because of his erratic recording career, buying a Chet Baker vocal title (especially from late in his career) can be a hit-or-miss affair. On this three-CD box set, the guesswork has been removed. These recordings, from the trumpeter's fruitful tenure at the Pacific Jazz label, are all of high quality. Included in the box are the widely available My Funny Valentine and Songs for Lovers albums as well as a disc full of Chet crooning away accompanied by acoustic guitar and bass. --S. Duda
Chet, all his songs in his best voice.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Chet Baker was, in the 50's, first known as a "Cool" or "West Coast" jazz trumpeter with the appearance of a movie star.Then he sang "My Funny Valentine" and it became a huge hit. He alternated between playing and singing. This set contains the a collection of his best singing (and some trumpet).His voice can be an acquire taste. People either love it or hate it. His voice is a thin, high tenor. Those who like it feel he is terribly romantic, sensative, sad, fragile, and melancholy. Full of emotion.Those who don't say he sounds effete and epicene.Both agree he does not sound macho. The "After Midnight" title seems to have been invented for these torch songs.This is the best he ever sang, before the drugs ruined his voice and his ablity to sing on-key. These CDs can be bought together in this set or separately."
If only there were more than 3 CD's
email@example.com | Coto de Caza, CA USA | 01/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 3 CD set is so great, you'll wish there were a lot more CD's or songs to listen to. For those of you not familiar with Chet Baker, his trumpet playing is sweet and smooth and his vocals will remind you of a young Mel Torme. What a bonus. A great singer and a great horn player all in one. You'll be hooked."
The Clearest Youve ever heard him play or sing
hillaryres | 01/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Box set is great, full of chets smooth vocal stylings and trumpet playing. The songs on this album will take you back, with some great standards as well as his most memorable songs like sweet lorraine. If you like chet bakers vocals and trumpet playing then you will love this set."