Chet Baker – The Most Important Jazz Album Of 1964/1965
Chet Baker (flugelhorn, vocals)
Phil Urso (tenor sax, clarinet)
Hal Galper (piano)
Jymie Merritt (bass)
Charlie Rice (drums)
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.
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.
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)