Early Chet - Lost Tapes (Remastered) Chet Baker
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- Richard Rodgers
- 1It Never Entered My Mind03:22
- Vernon Duke
- 2Autumn in New York03:42
- Gene De Paul
- 3I'll Remember April02:51
- Cole Porter
- 4Everytime We Say Goodbye03:12
- Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston
- 5I Should Care02:42
- Richard Rodgers
- 6Isn't It Romantic03:07
- Jimmy Van Heusen
- 7Polka Dots and Moonbeams03:57
- Matt Dennis
- 8Everything Happens To Me04:07
- Heinz Kiessling
- 9Baker 5602:14
- Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Clarence Profit
- 10Lullaby in Rhythm03:10
- Jack Montrose
Info for Early Chet - Lost Tapes (Remastered)
Chet Baker, a trumpeter with a decisive attacca style and lively boppy lines, is accompanied by a pianist who combined innovative harmonies with bizarre rhythms and a drummer who propelled the band with a hard driving beat. No one was prepared for this great, early Chet Baker Quartet recorded in the late ‘50s.
"Early Chet: Chet Baker German Recordings 1955-1959 compiles tracks jazz trumpeter Chet Baker recorded while on tour in the mid- and late '50s. These tracks were made at the height of Baker's popularity and showcase him in fine form throughout. Featured here are several (rare for Baker) big-band numbers, as well as two superb duets with Italian vocalist/guitarist Caterina Valente, "I Remember April" and "Everytime We Say Goodbye." (AMG)
Chet Baker, trumpet
Caterina Valente, vocals, guitar
Dick Twardzik, piano
Jimmy Bond, bass
Peter Littman, drums
Tanzorchester des Südwestfunks
Orchester Kurt Edelhagen
Rolf-Hans Müller, conductor
Studio Recordings SWF, Baden-Baden: A1-A4 March 26, 1956 A5-A6 March 29, 1956 B2-B5 September 2, 1959; Jazztime Mainz, Kurfürstliches Schloss: September 20, 1955
Engineered by Gerhard Lehner
Remastered by André Perry, René Laflamme for 2xHD
Produced by Joachim-Ernst Berendt
Trumpeter and singer Chet Baker encountered jazz when playing with Army bands where he quickly developed his distinctive style. A short stint with Charlie Parker (1952) was followed by a long association with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. The pianoless quartet performed and recorded with great success - immediate fame came to Chet Baker and his cool, subdued style. His lyricism became typically associated with West Coast jazz and found many followers around the world. Baker led his own groups after leaving Mulligan for many years in both the US and Europe. His career became somewhat erratic in the sixties when he lived and worked mostly in Europe.
In the seventies he began his comeback and his very unique talent as a vocalist and instrumentalist soon put him back on the major concert stages. Excellent albums were done during the last ten years of his life which were maybe less perfect than his early West Coast work in the technical sense but showed a depth of feeling and intensity rarely heard. Luckily his last concert was recorded: it is one of the finest of his career (The Last Concert ENJ-6074 22). Chet Baker was very involved with the production of the concert, choose the music well in advance which was arranged for an ensemble consisting of a regular bigband, a symphony orchestra and a jazz quintet. He was very happy that he could finally record and perform under the best of circumstances. That night's version of My Funny Valentine,a song he had performed uncountable times before will stand out for all times as an absolute masterpiece of vocal jazz.
Dec. 23, 1929 (Yale, Oklahoma) - May 13, 1988 (Amsterdam).