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This LP presents Chet Baker in a quartet format with the remarkable Russ Freeman on piano. This was the first group Chet fronted as a leader after Gerry Mulligan’s imprisonment broke up the celebrated piano-less quartet, which had launched the trumpeter to fame. One of the greatest trumpeters and most popular cult-figures in jazz history, Baker was as famous for his rugged good looks and stormy personal life as he was for his gentle vocals and lyrical introspective trumpet playing. Gaining fame as a member of Gerry Mulligan’s heralded piano-less quartet, Baker quickly became the undisputed trumpet king of the 1950s West Coast cool jazz sound. His beautiful tone, delicate and haunting melodic lines and masterful sense of space imbued his music with a warm, nostalgic quality, and earned him a fan base that extended well beyond the boundaries of the traditional jazz enthusiast. He once stated: “As I rely 100% on the ear, I react strongly to everything that goes on around me. The conditions that I’ve had while learning to play do not exist anymore. I feel like I belong to a species, threatened by destruction. Sad, in a way, but that’s what they call progress, isn’t it?” A brilliant improviser, Baker’s silky lines seemed to glide through the air with effortless grace, spinning webs of dreamy sentimental moods and textures.
CHET BAKER, trumpet
RUSS FREEMAN, piano
On all tracks, plus:
ON TRACK A1: RED MITCHELL, bass; BOBBY WHITE, drums.
Los Angeles, December 15, 1952.
ON TRACKS A2-A4: BOB WHITLOCK, bass; BOBBY WHITE, drums.
Los Angeles, April 17, 1953.
A5-A7 & SIDE B: CARSON SMITH, bass; LARRY BUNKER, drums.
Los Angeles, July 30 (A5-A7 & B1-B3) & October 3 (B4-B7), 1953.
01. ISN’T IT ROMANTIC?
02. THE LAMP IS LOW [aka PAVANE FOR A DEAD PRINCESS] 03. THIS TIME THE DREAM’S ON ME
04. MAID IN MEXICO
05. RUSS JOB
07. LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY (*)
01. CARSON CITY STAGE (*)
02. EASY TO LOVE
03. BATTER UP
04. NO TIES (*)
05. ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (*)
06. THE THRILL IS GONE (*)
07. BAND AID (*)