Songs For Lovers CD (1997)

Artist: Chet Baker

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Label Emd/blue Note
SKU 60296107
UPC 724385715822
UPC 14 00724385715822
Format CD
Release Date 7/15/1997
Author Chet Baker
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Compilation Appearance Box Set Series:jazz
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Compilation Appearance Nicky's Jazz Lullabies
Compilation Appearance Johnny Mercer Dream?s On Me Celebrati
Compilation Appearance Cti Records:cool Revolution
Compilation Appearance Shame (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Jazz
Associated Artist/Work Baker, Jeff
Associated Artist/Work Beirach, Richie
Associated Artist/Work Davis, Miles
Technical Info
CatalogID 57158
Lable Name Pacific Jazz
Released 07/15/1997
Original Release 1997
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00724385715822
Musical Guests
Russ Freeman
Jack Montrose
Art Pepper
Bud Shank
Bobby Timmons
Herb Geller
Leroy Vinnegar
Shelly Manne
Album Notes and 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.
Disc 1
1 Come Rain Or Come Shine
2 My Old Flame - (live)
3 That Old Feeling
4 Lullaby Of The Leaves - (live)
5 There's A Lull In My Life
6 Moonlight In Vermont - (live)
7 Darn That Dream
8 My Ideal
9 Imagination
10 Embraceable You
11 Lush Life
12 Goodbye

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