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Chet Baker

Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker Jr. was raised in a musical household in Oklahoma (his father was a guitar player), and coming of age in Southern California during the bebop era of jazz, Baker found success as a trumpet player in 1951 when he was chosen by Charlie Parker to play with him for a series of West Coast engagements. In 1952, Baker joined the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, which was an instant phenomenon. Baker became famous on the strength of his solo on their recording of "My Funny Valentine" a piece he was later said to "own". The Quartet, however, lasted less than a year because of Mulligan's arrest on drug charges. In 1954, Baker won the Downbeat Jazz Poll, beating Miles Davis among others

Chet

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: It Could Happen To You: Side A: Do It The Hard Way; I’m Old Fashioned; You’re Driving Me Crazy; It Could Happen To You; My Heart Stood Still; Side B: The More I See You; Everything Happens To Me; Dancing On The Ceiling; How Long Has This Been Going On?; Old Devil Moon.

In New York: Side A: Fair Weather; Polka Dots And Moonbeams; Hotel 49; Side B: Solar; Blue Thoughts; When Lights Are Low.

Chet: Side A: Alone Together; How High The Moon; It Never Entered My Mind; ’Tis Autumn; Side B: If You Could See Me Now; September Song; You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To; Time On My Hands; You And The Night And The Music.

Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe: Side A: I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face; I Could Have Danced All Night; The Heather On The Hill; On The Street Where You Live; Side B: Almost Like Being In Love; Thank Heaven For Little Girls; I Talk To The Trees; Show Me.

Outtakes & Alternates: Side A: While My Lady Sleeps (Take 10); You Make Me Feel So Young (Take 5); The More I See You (Take 8, Alternate); Everything Happens To Me (Take 2, Alternate); Side B: Soft Winds; Early Morning Mood.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Emilia Vancini: And If You Fall, You Fall

Read "And If You Fall, You Fall" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There is a post-modern, deconstructive spirit in music existing within the anabolic-catabolic dichotomy of composition and performance. This spirit manifests in the same impetus that compels inquisitive minds to take things apart and put them back together differently, if not improving them, then revealing, from a different cleave, some previously unseen aspect of the whole. A ...

Riverside Records: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Riverside Records: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May

From 1953, when it was set up, to 1964, when it was acquired by ABC, Riverside Records rivalled Blue Note and Prestige as one of the leading independent jazz labels based in New York City. The founders of all three labels were jazz fans who operated on slim margins and became producers partly because they enjoyed ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Michelle Lordi: Career Evolution

Read "Michelle Lordi: Career Evolution" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Some artists are blessed to be born into situations where opportunities are at the ready. Education and training are easily obtainable. Maybe they have connections to the professional world, via their lineage or other friends. Even so, it's still up to them to produce and deal with the inevitable vagaries of their choice to pursue music ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Enrico Pieranunzi: Il Respiro Profondo di un racconto in musica

Read "Enrico Pieranunzi: Il Respiro Profondo di un racconto in musica" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Se come scriveva il poeta brasiliano Vinicius De Moraes “La vita è l'arte dell'incontro" allora può succedere che l'intervista con uno dei più apprezzati pianisti italiani, Enrico Pieranunzi, diventi senza una ragione evidente una lunga e piacevole conversazione per parlare della sua lunga carriera artistica scandita da altrettanti incredibili incontri che nel tempo hanno cucito i ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Lee Konitz: Il Ricordo di D'Andrea, Fasoli, Giuliani, Pieranunzi, Rava e Tommaso.

Read "Lee Konitz: Il Ricordo di D'Andrea, Fasoli, Giuliani, Pieranunzi, Rava e Tommaso." reviewed by Paolo Marra

Il sassofonista Lee Konitz è stato una delle figure più influenti del jazz moderno non solo per il suono unico al contralto e un senso dell'improvvisazione senza eguali, ma anche per essere rimasto nell'arco della sua lunga carriera sempre fedele a sé stesso ponendo la musica come protagonista assoluta della sua espressività, senza inutili esibizionismi.

Live in Schauburg, Bremen, Germany, 1983

Read "Live in Schauburg, Bremen, Germany, 1983" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The history of jazz is not only a story of great individuals, but also a narrative of partnerships that have shaped the development of the music. Just think of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines and Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. There's also a proud tradition of combining saxophone and piano with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bruce Guthrie: Remembering Chet Baker

Read "Bruce Guthrie: Remembering Chet Baker" reviewed by Nenette Evans

I first met the Baker family at Chet's funeral back in 1988. I took my kids out of school and went with my partner, Fonje, to the Los Angeles Cemetery. I had heard about the funeral from our local jazz station and with a big sense of duty to Chet Baker's memory, headed north on the ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Chet Baker: Sweden, 1985

Chet Baker: Sweden, 1985

On June 30, 1985, Chet Baker performed in the library of Sonet Records in Lidingö, Sweden, backed by French pianist Michael Graillier and Belgian bassist Jean-Louis Rassinfosse. As with the Zoot Sims video posted earlier, Red Mitchell conducted an interview that was interspersed between songs. [Photo above of Chet Baker courtesy of YouTube] Chet played the ...


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