Stan Getz Quartet With Chet Baker: Quintessence, Vol. 1
Loose and with a dripping-wet fluid approach, the trumpet and tenor saxophone interact on "Star Eyes" with sweet mature phrases that are full of life. The fire ignites on "But Not For Me" as McNeeley and Mraz follow Getz. It’s a solid example of one artist pumping up the next soloist through his building intensity. The piece ends with Lewis cranking out explosive fours. Baker sings and scats on half the tracks. While distinctive, the "stuffy nose" quality of Baker’s voice fails to fit in with this lineup. His scat singing is somewhat more appropriate. The quintet is particularly impressive on the instrumental numbers, whether charging straight ahead, as on "Dizzy Atmosphere" or when jogging along to a Latin rhythm, as on "Stablemates."
Track Listing: I
Personnel: Stan Getz- tenor saxophone; Jim McNeeley- piano; George Mraz- acoustic bass; Victor Lewis- drums; Chet Baker- trumpet, vocals.
Record Label: Concord Music Group