Chet Baker - The Best Of Chet Baker Plays (1995)

Chet Baker - The Best Of Chet Baker Plays (1995)

Artist: Chet Baker
Title Of Album: The Best Of Chet Baker Plays
Year Of Release: 1995
Label (Catalog#): Pacific Jazz [CDP 7 97161 2]
Country: USA
Genre: Jazz, Cool, West Coast Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log) | Mp3
Bitrate: Lossless | CBR 320 kbps
Time: 54:34
Full Size: 313MB | 155 MB (Scans)
Review by Stuart Broomer,
Whether as a trumpeter or singer, Chet Baker was always the subject of controversy among jazz listeners, a victim of fashion who was doomed in his lifetime to be either over- or underrated. These Pacific Jazz recordings from the mid-1950s present Baker the instrumentalist at the height of his popularity. While his coolly passive treatments of ballads like "Imagination" and "Stella by Starlight" may play to the languid stereotype of West Coast jazz, there's boppish fire and invention on the medium- and up-tempo tunes, with Baker emphasizing the middle register that was his forte. Altoist Art Pepper and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer turn up among the supporting cast, and there's a good choice of material by boppish heads from both coasts, including Carson Smith's "Carson City Stage," Jimmy Heath's "C.T.A.," and Al Haig's "Jumping Off a Clef".
01. Carson City Stage (02:38)
02. Imagination (03:02)
03. All The Things You Are (02:55)
04. Bea's Flat (03:00)
05. Happy Little Sunbeam (02:43)
06. Pro Defunctus (03:28)
07. Moonlight Becomes You (03:26)
08. Stella By Starlight (03:55)
09. Darn That Dream (03:30)
10. Sweet Lorraine (03:10)
11. Minor Yours (07:15)
12. C.T.A. (05:12)
13. To Mickey's Memory (05:16)
14. Jumpin' Off A Clef (04:56)


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