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Songs for Lovers
Chet Baker
Songs for Lovers
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
All twelve of these selections from Chet Baker's Pacific Jazz period are currently available elsewhere (although a few are only on Mosaic limited-edition box sets). The material is almost random and is not programmed in ch...  more »

      
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All Artists: Chet Baker
Title: Songs for Lovers
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 7/15/1997
Release Date: 7/15/1997
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Cool Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724385715822, 0724385715853, 724385715853, 072438571582

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All twelve of these selections from Chet Baker's Pacific Jazz period are currently available elsewhere (although a few are only on Mosaic limited-edition box sets). The material is almost random and is not programmed in chronological order. Baker takes vocals on five tracks, including three from a 1957 session in which he was accompanied by just guitar and bass, and the emphasis throughout is on concise, melodic interpretations. There is just music on this ballad-oriented set (most notably "My Old Flame," "Lullaby of the Leaves" and "My Ideal").

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CD Reviews

Chet's Sensitive Side
C. Johnson | Orange County, California | 05/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I own most of Chet Baker's recordings, and this (for the moment) is my favorite. This disc has one tone, I'd call it romantic melancholia. Even when he sings "happy" songs like "Come Rain or Come Shine" or "Embraceable You" there is a sadness in his voice. The sparse arrangements add to this feeling of quiet, brooding emotion.

The title of the disc "Songs for Lovers" is a little strange, probably dreamed up by a record exec. The inclusion of "Lush Life" (done as an instrumental here, but its lyrics are about a drunk who's wasted his life) and the closer "Goodbye" (one of my favorite tracks, an instrumental arranged by Jack Montrose for 4 horns and rhythm section) are both pretty dark. But don't get me wrong, these are still GREAT tracks.

My favorite song on the disc is "My Ideal," where Chet's pianist Russ Freeman plays celeste (a bell-like keyboard instrument). It provides the perfect backdrop for Chet's imaginings of the ideal woman. Freeman's piano intro on "Lush Life" is well-crafted as well, concise and understated but still clever. David Wheat's guitar playing on tracks such as "Come Rain or Come Shine" has the same understated feel, less really is more here.

Chet's crooning was not fully appreciated in his day. The jazz world of the 1950's favored cool instrumental jazz and what Chet was doing was seen as a tired throwback. Only recently has he gotten the recognition that he deserved. His trumpet playing is superb, nothing too flashy, but his mellow tone and brilliant phrasing make it work.

If you want more of Chet Baker check out "The Best of Chet Baker Sings." I would stay away from the "Jazz 'Round Midnight" disc, it's not his best. For more of his instrumental stuff, check out his albums recorded in Paris in the mid 1950's.

Happy listening!"
Chet vocals...at his best!
jaeck7 | 08/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have virtually everything that Chet Baker has done...especially the "standards". If you like his vocals, you will like this CD. If you like quiet, yet "rich" Chet Baker, I recommend this one. But, as far as I'm concerned, whatever Chet does is okay by me!"
Chet is Therapy
jaeck7 | Germany | 08/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The perfect album for after work; this music really compliments that first wonderful moment when you kick off your shoes, ease your chair back...and relax with a cocktail after a hard day. Chet is my relaxation hero!"