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Chet Baker Sings

Chet Baker

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As Gerald Heard's liner notes point out, it's difficult to decide whether Chet Baker was a trumpet player who sang or a singer who played trumpet. When the 24-year-old California-based trumpeter started his vocal career in 1954, his singing was revolutionary; as delicate and clear as his trumpet playing, with a similarly bright and vibrato-free tone, Baker simply didn't sound like any previous jazz singer. His first vocal session, recorded in February 1954 and covering tracks seven through 14 of this disc, is so innocent-sounding it's like cub reporter Jimmy Olsen had started a new career as a jazz singer. The album's first six tracks, recorded in July 1956, are even more milk and cookies, thanks in no small part to syrupy material like Frank Loesser's "I've Never Been in Love Before" and Donaldson/Kahn's drippy "My Buddy." Choices from the earlier session like "My Funny Valentine" -- arguably the definitive version of this oft-recorded song -- and "There Will Never Be Another You" work much, much better. The spacious musical setting, a simple trumpet and piano-bass-drums rhythm section, is perfect for Baker's low-key style. Despite the few faults of song selection, Chet Baker Sings is a classic of West Coast cool jazz.

© Stewart Mason /TiVo

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1
That Old Feeling
00:03:03

Jimmy Bond, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lew Brown, ComposerLyricist - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sammy Fain, ComposerLyricist - Chet Baker, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, Celesta, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Littman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James Bond, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1956 Blue Note Records

2
It's Always You (Vocal Version)
00:03:35

Jimmy Bond, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Burke, Author - Chet Baker, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Van Heusen, Composer - Peter Littman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1956 Blue Note Records

3
Like Someone In Love (Vocal Version)
00:02:26

Jimmy Bond, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Burke, Author - Chet Baker, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Van Heusen, Composer - Lawrence Marable, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1956 Blue Note Records

4
My Ideal (Vocal Version)
00:04:22

Jimmy Bond, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Russ Freeman, Celesta, AssociatedPerformer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leo Robin, Author - Richard Bock, Producer - Chet Baker, Trumpet, Vocals, Celesta, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Newell Chase, Composer - Larance Marable, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Richard A. Whiting, Composer

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1956 Blue Note Records

5
I've Never Been In Love Before (Vocal Version)
00:04:29

Jimmy Bond, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - FRANK LOESSER, ComposerLyricist - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chet Baker, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Littman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1956 Blue Note Records

6
My Buddy (Vocal Version)
00:03:19

Jimmy Bond, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Walter Donaldson, Composer - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Kahn, Author - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chet Baker, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Littman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1956 Blue Note Records

7
But Not For Me (Vocal Version)
00:03:04

George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Ira Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Neel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chet Baker, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carson Smith, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1954 Capitol Records, LLC

8
Time After Time (Vocal Version)
00:02:46

Jule Styne, Composer - Sammy Cahn, Author - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Neel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chet Baker, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carson Smith, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1954 Blue Note Records

9
I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes) (Vocal Version)
00:02:59

HOAGY CARMICHAEL, ComposerLyricist - Russ Freeman, Piano, Celesta, AssociatedPerformer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Neel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chet Baker, Piano, Vocals, Celesta, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carson Smith, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1954 Capitol Records, LLC

10
My Funny Valentine
00:02:21

Richard Rodgers, ComposerLyricist - Lorenz Hart, ComposerLyricist - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Neel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chet Baker, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carson Smith, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1954 Blue Note Records

11
There Will Never Be Another You (Vocal Version)
00:03:00

Harry Warren, Composer - Mack Gordon, Author - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Neel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chet Baker, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carson Smith, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1954 Blue Note Records

12
The Thrill Is Gone (Vocal Version)
00:02:51

Ray Henderson, Composer - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lew Brown, Author - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Neel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chet Baker, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carson Smith, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1954 Blue Note Records

13
I Fall In Love Too Easily
00:03:21

Jule Styne, Composer - Sammy Cahn, Author - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Neel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chet Baker, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carson Smith, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1954 Capitol Records, LLC

14
Look For The Silver Lining (Vocal Version)
00:02:39

Jerome Kern, Composer - Russ Freeman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Cuscuna, Producer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bock, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Neel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chet Baker, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carson Smith, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Buddy DeSylva, Author

(C) 1998 Blue Note Records ℗ 1954 Capitol Records, LLC

Album review

As Gerald Heard's liner notes point out, it's difficult to decide whether Chet Baker was a trumpet player who sang or a singer who played trumpet. When the 24-year-old California-based trumpeter started his vocal career in 1954, his singing was revolutionary; as delicate and clear as his trumpet playing, with a similarly bright and vibrato-free tone, Baker simply didn't sound like any previous jazz singer. His first vocal session, recorded in February 1954 and covering tracks seven through 14 of this disc, is so innocent-sounding it's like cub reporter Jimmy Olsen had started a new career as a jazz singer. The album's first six tracks, recorded in July 1956, are even more milk and cookies, thanks in no small part to syrupy material like Frank Loesser's "I've Never Been in Love Before" and Donaldson/Kahn's drippy "My Buddy." Choices from the earlier session like "My Funny Valentine" -- arguably the definitive version of this oft-recorded song -- and "There Will Never Be Another You" work much, much better. The spacious musical setting, a simple trumpet and piano-bass-drums rhythm section, is perfect for Baker's low-key style. Despite the few faults of song selection, Chet Baker Sings is a classic of West Coast cool jazz.

© Stewart Mason /TiVo

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