Chet Baker Quartet – When Sunny Gets Blue {SteepleChase}


Review by David Schiff ~amazon.com
This is Chet Baker near the end of his career, when his performances were often erratic. But here his horn sounds great. His voice, however, is that of a broken man, but in an odd way that adds to the beauty of the recording.

Tracklist:
01. Long Ago and Far Away (6:09)
02. Here’s That Rainy Day (7:06)
03. Two in the Dew (8:21)
04. I Should Care (Previously unissued) (8:39)
05. Out of Nowhere (Previously unissued) (5:22)
06. When Sunny Gets Blue (9:08)
07. Isn’t it Romantic (5:19)
08. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (7:18)

Personnel:
Chet Baker – trumpet & vocals
Butch Lacy – piano
Jesper Lundgaard – bass
Jukkis Uotila – drums

Recorded at Sound Track Studios, Copenhagen; on February 23, 1986.

Genre: Jazz
Style: Cool, West Coast
Label: SteepleChase
Year: 1988
Time: 57:22

Quality-1: flac (tracks, eac, cue, log) + scans (cover + tray + CD)
Quality-2: mp3@256 + scans (cover + tray + CD)

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Chet Baker – She Was Too Good to Me {SONY} “Masterworks Jazz”


Review from “chetbakertribute.com”

Besides being a great recording, this one also has some historical significance, as it is viewed by many as Chet’s “comeback” album. Although Baker recorded in the late sixties, they were really dreadful commercial albums. This is the first significant recording Chet made since the ’65 Prestige sessions. It also marks the beginning of a very successful association with Creed Taylor and CTI Records. Chet recorded some of best work for CTI in the mid-to-late 1970’s.
Bob James’ electric piano and some strings (just the right amount) give this CD a unique flavor.

Tracks:
01 – Autumn Leaves
02 – She Was Too Good to Me
03 – Funk in Deep Freeze
04 – Tangerine
05 – With a Song in My Heart
06 – What’ll I Do
07 – It’s You or No One
08 – My Future Just Passed

Personnel:
Chet Baker – trumpet and vocal
Paul Desmond – alto saxophone
Bob James – electric piano
Ron Carter – bass
Jack DeJohnette, Steve Gadd – drums
Dave Friedman – vibes
Hubert Laws – flue and alto flute
Rome Penque – flute and clarinet
George Marge – alto flute and oboe d’amore

Violins: Lewis Eley, Max Ellen, Barry Finclair, Paul Gershman,
Harry Glickman, Emanuel Green, Harold Kohon, David Nadien, Herbert Sorkin

Cellos: Warren Lash, Jesse Levy, George Ricci

Arranged and Conducted by Don Sebesky

Recorded on July 17 and November 1, 1974
1974, 1987, 2010, SONY Music Entertainment.

Quality: xld, flac, cue, log, artwork

Chet Baker – Chet {Riverside}[OJC]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

The shifting personnel on this excellent CD find Chet Baker joined by such players as baritonist Pepper Adams, flutist Herbie Mann, pianist Bill Evans, and guitarist Kenny Burrell. This reissue of an LP adds one selection (“Early Morning Mood”) formerly only available on a sampler. Fine straight-ahead music that comes from the tail end of the West Coast jazz era.

Tracks:
01 – Alone Together
02 – How High The Moon
03 – It Never Entered My Mind
04 – ‘Tis Autumn
05 – If You Could See Me Now
06 – September Song
07 – You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
08 – Time On My Hands (You In My Arms)
09 – You and the Night and the Music
10 – Early Morning Mood

Personnel:
Chet Baker – trumpet
Pepper Adams – baritone sax
Herbie Mann – flute
Kenny Burrell – guitar
Bill Evans – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Connie Kay, Philly Joe Jones – drums

Recorded in New York City; December 30, 1958 and January 19, 1959

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

Chet Baker Trio – Chet’s Choice {CrissCross}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)
One of the best settings for trumpeter Chet Baker was when he was accompanied by a guitar-bass duo. On this excellent Criss Cross CD, Baker is joined by guitarist Philip Catherine and bassist Jean-Louis Rassinfosse on a variety of high-quality standards that include such songs as “If I Should Lose You,” Horace Silver’s “Doodlin’,” “Conception” and “Love for Sale.” A special treat is hearing the talented but forgotten Bob Zieff’s “Sad Walk.” This is one of Baker’s better albums from his later period.

Tracklist:
01. If I Should Lose You (04:45)
02. Sad Walk (05:37)
03. How Deep is the Ocean (06:27)
04. Doodlin’ (05:38)
05. My Foolish Heart (09:25)
06. Conception (04:47)
07. Love for Sale (09:10)
08. Adriano (04:06)
09. Blues in the Closet (06:36)
10. Stella By Starlight (07:21)

Personnel:
Chet Baker – trumpet, vocal
Philip Catherine – guitar
Jean Louis Rassinfosse – bass
Hein Van De Geijn – bass (8, 9 & 10)

Recorded in Studio 44, Monster – June 6 & 25, 1985

Label: CrissCross Jazz
Year: 1985
Genre: Jazz
Style: West Coast, Cool
Total Time: 63:53

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork