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Chet Baker – The Most Important Jazz Album Of 1964/1965


Chet Baker – The Most Important Jazz Album Of 1964/1965
MP3 | 320kbps | Covers + Scans | RS.com | 108mb | Jazz

Personnel:
Chet Baker (flugelhorn, vocals)
Phil Urso (tenor sax, clarinet)
Hal Galper (piano)
Jymie Merritt (bass)
Charlie Rice (drums)

Recorded over April and May 1964, this was Chet Baker’s first album upon his return States from Europe in 1964.

In the interim period, jazz had been much revolutionised, while Chet had let himself get addicted to heroin and was falling into a spiral of bad health and being out of step with the needs of the new jazz music marketplace.

Recorded in New York, this album is a beautiful quintet date that reunited him with Phil Urso & features a healthy dose of Tadd Dameron tunes.


Allmusic.com:

The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 was the first album trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker recorded upon returning to the United States in 1964.

Jazz had undergone a radical development post-1963 with artists such as John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter beginning to focus on complex harmonic explorations over pretty melody.

Having spent the prior three years in Europe, falling deeper into heroin addiction, Baker found himself a pleasant, if somewhat forgotten, anachronism of the previous decade.

Consequently, the icon of ’50s cool attempted to reinvigorate his career and showcase his musical growth by enlisting the sensitive piano chops of Hal Galper and old collaborator tenor saxophonist Phil Urso.

The new sideman, combined with a heavy dose of Tadd Dameron’s compositions, gave Baker a more muscular edge that rubbed nicely with his trademark lyricism updating his sound for the hard bop ’60s — a decade that would end, however, with Baker loosing his teeth and falling into obscurity.

Tracklisting

1. Soultrane (4:42)
2. Walkin’ (2:58)
3. Tadd’s Delight (3:55)
4. Whatever Possess’d Me (4:03)
5. Retsim B (5:49)
6. Gnid (5:01)
7. Ann, Wonderful One (4:46)
8. Mating Call (3:57)
9. Margerine (4:35)
10. Flight To Jordan (3:36)

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May 24, 2008 Posted by | Chet Baker, Music_Jazz, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Chet Baker – My Favorite Songs – The Last Great Concert (1988)

Chet Baker – My Favorite Songs – The Last Great Concert (1988)
Original Enja Volume 1 Release 1988
MP3 | 320Kbps | Covers, Scans | RS.com | 141mb | 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz

This 1988 concert turned out to be the great Chet Baker’s swan song.

Alas, he died just two weeks after this performance, after a still-unexplained fall from a hotel balcony.

Baker is alternately heard with either the NDR Big Band, the Radio Orchestra Hannover, or a small group, sticking mostly to standards and classic jazz compositions. Baker, who could be very inconsistent, especially during the period after his teeth were knocked out in a brawl, is in top form throughout this evening.

Baker’s understated, haunting playing of “All Blues” has a special poignancy. He opens the evening with “My Funny Valentine” backed solely by guitar, with a delayed entrance by pianist Walter Norris (with whom he last played three decades earlier) and the 43-piece orchestra; his vocals quaver a bit but are quite sincere. Baker seems energized by the snappy chart of “Well, You Needn’t,” which features another old friend from his West Coast days, alto saxophonist Herb Geller.

The leader is joined by a four-piece rhythm section anchored by Norris for an easygoing jaunt through Dave Brubeck’s “In Your Own Sweet Way.” The big band is again on-hand for the richly textured arrangement of John Lewis’ “Django,” with Baker making every note count.

Tracks:
1. All Blues (5:53)
2. My Funny Valentine (9:34)
3. Well You Needn’t (6:20)
4. Summertime (5:13)
5. In Your Own Sweet Way (9:23)
6. Django (5:54)
7. I Fall In Love Too Easily (7:02)

Personnel / Details:
Chet Baker (trumpet & vocal) with the NDR-Bigband, Radio Orchestra Hannover

Recorded in concert on April 28th, 1988 at the Funkhaus Hannover, West Germany


Here be Chet:

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Thanks to the original poster

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Chet Baker, Music_Jazz, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Chet Baker – My Favorite Songs – The Last Great Concert (1988)

Chet Baker – My Favorite Songs – The Last Great Concert (1988)
Original Enja Volume 1 Release 1988
MP3 | 320Kbps | Covers, Scans | RS.com | 141mb | 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz

This 1988 concert turned out to be the great Chet Baker’s swan song.

Alas, he died just two weeks after this performance, after a still-unexplained fall from a hotel balcony.

Baker is alternately heard with either the NDR Big Band, the Radio Orchestra Hannover, or a small group, sticking mostly to standards and classic jazz compositions. Baker, who could be very inconsistent, especially during the period after his teeth were knocked out in a brawl, is in top form throughout this evening.

Baker’s understated, haunting playing of “All Blues” has a special poignancy. He opens the evening with “My Funny Valentine” backed solely by guitar, with a delayed entrance by pianist Walter Norris (with whom he last played three decades earlier) and the 43-piece orchestra; his vocals quaver a bit but are quite sincere. Baker seems energized by the snappy chart of “Well, You Needn’t,” which features another old friend from his West Coast days, alto saxophonist Herb Geller.

The leader is joined by a four-piece rhythm section anchored by Norris for an easygoing jaunt through Dave Brubeck’s “In Your Own Sweet Way.” The big band is again on-hand for the richly textured arrangement of John Lewis’ “Django,” with Baker making every note count.

Tracks:
1. All Blues (5:53)
2. My Funny Valentine (9:34)
3. Well You Needn’t (6:20)
4. Summertime (5:13)
5. In Your Own Sweet Way (9:23)
6. Django (5:54)
7. I Fall In Love Too Easily (7:02)

Personnel / Details:
Chet Baker (trumpet & vocal) with the NDR-Bigband, Radio Orchestra Hannover

Recorded in concert on April 28th, 1988 at the Funkhaus Hannover, West Germany


Here be Chet:

File 1
File 2

Thanks to the original poster

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Chet Baker, Music_Jazz, _MUSIC | Leave a comment