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This release offers a unique glimpse of a young Chet Baker in a quintet setting, complemented by a nine-piece string section. Utilizing the uniquely modern arrangements of Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich, Jack Montrose, and Shorty Rogers, this interaction of "West Coast cool" with primordial elevator music escapes many -- if not indeed all -- of the potential sonic pitfalls such a marriage might suggest. In the truest sense of the word augmentation, the string arrangements provide the desired opulence sans the heavy-handed or syrupy residual effects. Perhaps most inspiring about this outing is the success with which Baker and crew are able to thrive in this environment, providing subtle insight into the quintet's ability to simultaneously adapt and explore. Chet Baker and Strings was recorded over three days in late 1953 and early 1954. Joining Baker (trumpet) on these sessions are Jack "Zoot" Sims (tenor sax), Jack Montrose (tenor sax), Russ Freeman (piano), Joe Mondragon (bass), Shelly Manne (drums), and Clifford "Bud" Shank (alto sax), who steps in for Sims on the 1954 date. "Love Walked In" incorporates a trademark volley of interaction between Baker and Sims. "Love" contains what is arguably the most successful implementation of the string section, as well as some stellar soloing by Freeman. In fact, his contributions to this particular recording rank among his finest with Baker and company. The same enthusiasm can likewise be applied to "A Little Duet for Zoot and Chet." Not only are Sims and Baker in top flight, but the string arrangement swings irresistibly as well. The easygoing and otherwise winding strings support the cool bop like a kite in a March breeze -- light, airy, and conspicuous only in altitude. ~ Lindsay Planer

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1
You Don't Know What Love Is (Album Version) 00:03:27

Bob Belden, Re-Issue Producer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Marty Paich, Arranger - G. De Paul, Composer - Joe Mondragon, Bass - D. Raye, Composer - Russ Freeman, Piano - Mark Wilder, A&R Coordinator - Shorty Rogers, Arranger - ZOOT SIMS, Trumpet - Johnny Mandel, Arranger - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - Richard Rock, Producer - Jack Montrose, Arranger - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone

Originally Released 1954 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
I'm Thru With Love (Album Version) 00:02:36

Bob Belden, Re-Issue Producer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Marty Paich, Arranger - Matt Malneck, Composer - Joe Mondragon, Bass - Mark Wilder, A&R Coordinator - Russ Freeman, Piano - Shorty Rogers, Arranger - ZOOT SIMS, Trumpet - Fud Livingston, Composer - Johnny Mandel, Arranger - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - Richard Rock, Producer - Jack Montrose, Arranger - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone - Gus Kahn, Lyricist

Originally Released 1954 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
Love Walked In (Album Version) 00:02:56

I. Gershwin, Composer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Joe Mondragon, Bass - ZOOT SIMS, Tenor Saxophone - RUSS FREEMAN, Piano - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - G. Gershwin, Composer - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone

Originally Released 1954 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

4
You Better Go Now (Album Version) 00:03:03

Bob Belden, Re-Issue Producer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - R. Graham, Composer - Marty Paich, Arranger - Joe Mondragon, Bass - Russ Freeman, Piano - Mark Wilder, A&R Coordinator - Shorty Rogers, Arranger - ZOOT SIMS, Trumpet - Johnny Mandel, Arranger - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - E. ROONEY, A&R Coordinator - Richard Rock, Producer - Jack Montrose, Arranger - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone - B. Reichner, Composer

Originally Released 1954 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
I Married An Angel (Album Version) 00:03:35

Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - L. Hart, Composer - L. Hart, Lyricist - Joe Mondragon, Bass - ZOOT SIMS, Tenor Saxophone - RUSS FREEMAN, Piano - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone - R. RODGERS, Composer - R. RODGERS, Lyricist

Originally released 1954. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

6
Love (Album Version) 00:02:32

Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Joe Mondragon, Bass - Russ Freeman, Piano - ZOOT SIMS, Tenor Saxophone - R. Blane, Composer - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone - H. Martin, Composer - Richard Bock, Producer

Originally Released 1954 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

7
I Love You (Album Version) 00:02:46

Bob Belden, Re-Issue Producer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Marty Paich, Arranger - Joe Mondragon, Bass - Russ Freeman, Piano - Mark Wilder, A&R Coordinator - Shorty Rogers, Arranger - C. Porter, Composer - ZOOT SIMS, Trumpet - Johnny Mandel, Arranger - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - E. ROONEY, A&R Coordinator - Richard Rock, Producer - Jack Montrose, Arranger - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone

Originally Released 1954 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
What A Diff'rence A Day Made (Album Version) 00:02:38

Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - S. Adams, Composer - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Joe Mondragon, Bass - Russ Freeman, Piano - M. Grever, Composer - ZOOT SIMS, Tenor Saxophone - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone - Richard Bock, Producer

Originally released 1954. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Why Shouldn't I? (Album Version) 00:03:33

Bob Belden, Re-Issue Producer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Marty Paich, Arranger - Joe Mondragon, Bass - Russ Freeman, Piano - Mark Wilder, A&R Coordinator - Shorty Rogers, Arranger - C. Porter, Composer - ZOOT SIMS, Trumpet - Johnny Mandel, Arranger - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - E. ROONEY, A&R Coordinator - Richard Rock, Producer - Jack Montrose, Arranger - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone

Originally Released 1954 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

10
A Little Duet For Zoot And Chet (Album Version) 00:02:35

Bob Belden, Re-Issue Producer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Marty Paich, Arranger - Joe Mondragon, Bass - Russ Freeman, Piano - Mark Wilder, A&R Coordinator - Shorty Rogers, Arranger - J. Montrose, Composer - ZOOT SIMS, Trumpet - Johnny Mandel, Arranger - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - E. ROONEY, A&R Coordinator - Richard Rock, Producer - Jack Montrose, Arranger - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone

Originally Released 1954 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

11
The Wind (Album Version) 00:03:59

Bob Belden, Re-Issue Producer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Marty Paich, Arranger - Joe Mondragon, Bass - Russ Freeman, Piano - Mark Wilder, A&R Coordinator - Shorty Rogers, Arranger - ZOOT SIMS, Trumpet - R. FREEMAN, Composer - Johnny Mandel, Arranger - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - E. ROONEY, A&R Coordinator - Richard Rock, Producer - Jack Montrose, Arranger - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone

Originally Released 1954 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

12
Trickleydidlier (Album Version) 00:02:39

Bob Belden, Re-Issue Producer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Marty Paich, Arranger - Joe Mondragon, Bass - Russ Freeman, Piano - Mark Wilder, A&R Coordinator - Shorty Rogers, Arranger - ZOOT SIMS, Trumpet - Johnny Mandel, Arranger - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - E. ROONEY, A&R Coordinator - Richard Rock, Producer - Jack Montrose, Arranger - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone - S. Rogers, Composer

Originally Released 1954 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

13
You Don't Know What Love Is (Alternate) (Alternate Version) 00:03:27

Bob Belden, Re-Issue Producer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Marty Paich, Arranger - G. De Paul, Composer - G. De Paul, Lyricist - Joe Mondragon, Bass - D. Raye, Composer - D. Raye, Lyricist - Russ Freeman, Piano - Mark Wilder, A&R Coordinator - Shorty Rogers, Arranger - ZOOT SIMS, Trumpet - Johnny Mandel, Arranger - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - Richard Rock, Producer - Jack Montrose, Arranger - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone

Originally Recorded 1953 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

14
You Better Go Now (Alternate) (Alternate Version) 00:03:08

Bob Belden, Re-Issue Producer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - R. Graham, Composer - R. Graham, Lyricist - Marty Paich, Arranger - Joe Mondragon, Bass - Russ Freeman, Piano - Mark Wilder, A&R Coordinator - Shorty Rogers, Arranger - ZOOT SIMS, Trumpet - Johnny Mandel, Arranger - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - Richard Rock, Producer - Jack Montrose, Arranger - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone - B. Reichner, Composer - B. Reichner, Lyricist

Originally Recorded 1953 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

15
A Little Duet For Zoot And Chet (Alternate Version) 00:02:39

Bob Belden, Re-Issue Producer - Chet Baker, Performer - Chet Baker, Trumpet - Clifford "Bud" Shank, Alto Saxophone - Marty Paich, Arranger - Joe Mondragon, Bass - Russ Freeman, Piano - Mark Wilder, A&R Coordinator - Shorty Rogers, Arranger - J. Montrose, Composer - J. Montrose, Lyricist - ZOOT SIMS, Trumpet - Johnny Mandel, Arranger - Shelly Manne, Drums - Shelly Manne, Violin - Shelly Manne, Viola - Shelly Manne, Acoustic Cello - Richard Rock, Producer - Jack Montrose, Arranger - Jack Montrose, Tenor Saxophone

Originally Recorded 1953 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Album Description

This release offers a unique glimpse of a young Chet Baker in a quintet setting, complemented by a nine-piece string section. Utilizing the uniquely modern arrangements of Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich, Jack Montrose, and Shorty Rogers, this interaction of "West Coast cool" with primordial elevator music escapes many -- if not indeed all -- of the potential sonic pitfalls such a marriage might suggest. In the truest sense of the word augmentation, the string arrangements provide the desired opulence sans the heavy-handed or syrupy residual effects. Perhaps most inspiring about this outing is the success with which Baker and crew are able to thrive in this environment, providing subtle insight into the quintet's ability to simultaneously adapt and explore. Chet Baker and Strings was recorded over three days in late 1953 and early 1954. Joining Baker (trumpet) on these sessions are Jack "Zoot" Sims (tenor sax), Jack Montrose (tenor sax), Russ Freeman (piano), Joe Mondragon (bass), Shelly Manne (drums), and Clifford "Bud" Shank (alto sax), who steps in for Sims on the 1954 date. "Love Walked In" incorporates a trademark volley of interaction between Baker and Sims. "Love" contains what is arguably the most successful implementation of the string section, as well as some stellar soloing by Freeman. In fact, his contributions to this particular recording rank among his finest with Baker and company. The same enthusiasm can likewise be applied to "A Little Duet for Zoot and Chet." Not only are Sims and Baker in top flight, but the string arrangement swings irresistibly as well. The easygoing and otherwise winding strings support the cool bop like a kite in a March breeze -- light, airy, and conspicuous only in altitude. ~ Lindsay Planer

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