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Chet Baker: She Was Too Good To Me

By Published: September 9, 2011
Baker's voice, an acquired taste to be sure, is in top form. Still possessing the boyish charm of his 1950s recordings, he has not deteriorated to the wheezy croak that would be considered de rigueur listening from his "late period." He exudes absolute sweetness on the title piece and an uncommon sunniness on "With A Song In My Heart." Hard to take seriously for the majority of his career, Baker hit a home run, if not a grand slam with She Was Too Good To Me. It is an immediately accessible and enjoyable recording by an important and controversial figure in jazz.

Tracks: Autumn Leaves; She Was Too Good To Me; Funk In Deep Freeze; Tangerine; With A Song In My Heart; What'll I Do; It's You Or No One See; My Future Just Passed.

Personnel: Chet Baker: vocals, trumpet; Paul Desmond: alto saxophone; Hubert Laws: flute, alto flute; Romeo Penque: flute, clarinet; George Marge: alto flute, oboe; Lewis Eley, Max Ellen, Barry Finclair, Paul Gershman, Harry Glickman, Emanuel Green, Harold Kohon, David Nadien, Herbert Sorkin: violin; Warren Lash, Jesse Levy, George Ricci: cello; Dave Friedman: vibraphone; Bob James: electric piano; Ron Carter: bass; Jack DeJohnette, Steve Gadd: drums.

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