Personnel: Chet Baker (trumpet); George Kast, Felix Slatkin, Victor Gottlieb, Jacques Gasselin, Louis Kievman, Samuel Cytron, Paul Robyn, Eudice Shapiro, Paul Shure (strings); Herb Geller (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers, Jack Montrose (tenor saxophone); G?rard Gustin, Russ Freeman Trio (piano); Larry Bunker, Shelly Manne (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Dave Bennett .
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (07/24/1953-10/04/1955); Paris, France (07/24/1953-10/04/1955).
Arrangers: Jack Montrose; Johnny Mandel; Marty Paich; Shorty Rogers.
This two-CD compilation gathers tracks from the early part of the trumpeter Chet Baker's career, both from his small group recordings with the pianist Russ Freeman and from his later sessions with a nonet string section. The early, all-instrumental pieces, which make up the bulk of this collection, have a rich, uncluttered sound that's nevertheless full of texture and variety, while the tracks cut with strings have a spare, occasionally haunting, autumnal quality.