The Leif Arntzen Band: Channeling Chet (2002)
Arntzen's trumpet work is even better. Fluid and agile, he's all over the songs in a light, bebop stance. Often working in unison with guitar, the trumpeter maintains accuracy while swinging with ease. The Harmon mute gets a thorough workout. Arntzen's open horn is used only for the opening of "Autumn Leaves." With a nice touch that has not been used often enough, Arntzen unifies his session by ending the final track with an outro that echoes the intro to his first track. In fact, the unifying thread winds deeper than that, since the quartet also begins "Silver Lining" and "Everything Happens To Me" with the same emotional theme. Soulful and passionate, Arntzen's homage has the same kind of magnetism for which we remember Chet Baker.
Track Listing: Autumn Leaves; My Funny Valentine; Happy Little Sunbeam; Silver Lining; I Can't Get Started; Do It the Hard Way; My Ideal; Playpen; Everything Happens To Me; Jumpin' Off a Clef; You're Driving Me Crazy; It Could Happen To You.
Personnel: Leif Arntzen- trumpet, vocals; Will Woodard- bass; Keith Ganz- guitar; Vito Leszcak- drums.
Record Label: Gwendoline Records