CD Songs for Lovers [Chet Baker (Trumpet/Vocals/Composer)] (CD 940159),
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Songs for Lovers [Chet Baker (Trumpet/Vocals/Composer)]

  • 1. Come Rain or Come Shine
    2. My Old Flame
    3. That Old Feeling
    4. Lullaby of the Leaves
    5. There's a Lull in My Life
    6. Moonlight in Vermont
    7. Darn That Dream
    8. My Ideal
    9. Imagination
    10. Embraceable You
    11. Lush Life
    12. Goodbye
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 57158

  • Credits

    Personnel: Chet Baker (vocals, trumpet); Art Pepper, Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Phil Urso, Bill Perkins, Jack Montrose (tenor saxophone); Bob Gordon (baritone saxophone); Norman Raye, Conte Candoli (trumpet); Frank Rosolino (trombone); Russ Freeman, Bobby Timmons (piano); David Wheat (guitar); Ross Savukas, Carson Smith, Jimmy Bond, Leroy Vinnegar, Joe Mondragon (bass); Bob Neel, Peter Littman, Larance Marable, Larry Bunker, Shelly Manne (drums).
    Producer: Richard Bock.
    Compilation producer: Michael Cuscuna.
    Recorded between July 1953 and December 1957.
    Digitally remastered by Ron McMaster.
    All 12 tracks here span the years 1953-1957 and were recorded when Chet Baker was at the peak of his popularity. Most of the tracks were recorded by his quartet, which included pianist Russ Freeman. Baker always favored romantic jazz standard ballads of yearning and seduction. His trumpet playing is extremely natural and melodic and disarmingly yet deceptively simple. He plays in clear toned, lyrical elongated lines that ever so subtly twist the melodies.
    Included here are a beautiful moody version of Billy Strayhorn's classic "Lush Life" and three wonderful live tracks recorded in 1954 at the Tiffany Club in Los Angeles. A wistful "Embraceable You" and a melancholic "There's a Lull in My Life," featuring guitarist David Wheat, are two standouts. Baker's tenor vocals stick closely to the bare bones of the melody with just the subtlest variation, delivering the lyrics in long, straight-toned phrases barely above a whisper. These classic tracks are perfect for romantic late night listening.

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