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The title sums it up quite well Songs For Lovers focuses on young Chet Baker at his most lyrical and romantic. Spanning 1953-1957, this collection takes us back to the Miles Davis-influenced trumpeter's youth and his years with Pacific Jazza label for which he often excelled. On "Come Rain or Come Shine," "That Old Feeling" and "There's A Lull In My Life," we're reminded that while Baker the vocalist may not have had the world's greatest range, he was hardly lacking when it came to naked vulnerability. Ornette Coleman put it bestBaker didn't have had much of a voice, but that never prevented him from being an incredibly expressive singer. Meanwhile, Baker's warmth as a trumpeter is evident on "My Old Flame," "Moonlight In Vermont" and "Lullaby Of The Leaves," all recorded at L.A.'s Tiffany Club in L.A. Though most of the material was recorded in L.A., "Embraceable You" and "There's A Lull In My Life" are rare examples of Baker recording in New York. The format is also unusual for himjust Baker's vocals (no trumpet) accompanied by guitarist David Wheat and bassist Ross Savakus.
Jazz doesn't get any more intimate.
Reprinted with the permission of Myrna Daniels and L.A. Jazz Scene , the largest jazz publication in Southern California.
Title: Songs For Lovers
| Year Released: 1997
| Record Label: Pacific Jazz Records
I love jazz because it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
Listen to music daily and stay open