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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

Quintet Session

Label: Dot Time Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mr. Biko; Balzwaltz; The Latin One; Rue Gregoire Du Tour; Here’s That Rainy Day; Toku Do; Rue Gregoire Du Tour (rehearsal); Balzwaltz (alternate take).

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

Chet Baker / Wolfgang Lackerschmid: Quintet Session

Read "Quintet Session" reviewed by Chris May

Quintet Session is the second of two albums the trumpeter Chet Baker recorded in Stuttgart, Germany with the vibraphonist Wolfgang Lackerschmid in 1979. It was originally released as Chet Baker / Wolfgang Lackerschmid (Sandra Music, 1980). The combination worked well on the first session, which produced the lovely Ballads For Two (Sandra Music, 1979), and almost ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Matthew Halsall: A New Dawn

Read "Matthew Halsall: A New Dawn" reviewed by Chris May

After five years without the release of any newly recorded material, the British trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has returned in winter 2020 with a fresh new band and a sparkling new album, Salute To The Sun, on his Gondwana Records label. It is more than good to have him and his music back.

Derek Trucks: Chops, Romance & Dance

Read "Derek Trucks: Chops, Romance & Dance" reviewed by Alan Bryson

It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb, “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers the tastes and sensibilities of the other person. The “So You Don't Like Jazz" ...

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Chet Baker and Artt Frank

Chet Baker and Artt Frank

Drummer Artt Frank first heard Chet Baker on Armed Forces Radio while aboard the U.S.S. Des Moines toward the end of the Korean War, in 1953. The following year he went to see the trumpeter at George Wein's Storyville in Boston and spoke to him afterward. Baker was kind to Artt, and Artt responded to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Diego Urcola Quartet: El Duelo

Read "El Duelo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The cover of this album shows Diego Urcola (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Paquito D'Rivera (alto saxophone, clarinet) back-to-back, as if about to engage in the titular duel. But the sound is that of two veteran players jointly taking a leap into the unknown. A quartet without piano is an unusual setting for both of them. D'Rivera's liner ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Hal Galper: Adventures In The Zone

Read "Hal Galper: Adventures In The Zone" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The career of Hal Galper has earned the pianist acclaim as both a performer and educator. Perhaps most importantly, it has drawn attention to his contributions to the music as a true innovator. While other pianists of his era gained more recognition, Galper sought out a career path where acclaim would be genuine among his peers ...

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YouTubers Dig Chet Baker

YouTubers Dig Chet Baker

Every so often, I come across talented kids on YouTube playing the music of favorite jazz artists on their instruments. Either they're playing transcriptions of artists' solos or they're playing along to their records. What unites them is a clear passion for the music's beauty. In the past, I've featured kids playing pianist Red Garland and ...


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