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Chet BakerAudio CD
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Chet Baker's trumpet and vocal approach was immediately recognizable and striking, especially in his prime. He was known for his clear tone, reflective and subdued style, soft volume and careful, restrained approach in his choices of notes for melodic sequences. He played in an army of bands before working briefly with Charlie Parker in 1952. he then began a prominent association with ... Read more in Amazon's Chet Baker Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Special Products
  • ASIN: B00005Y84C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Darn That Dream
2. All The Things You Are
3. I Fall In Love Too Easily
4. Like Someone In Love
5. Let's Get Lost
6. Someone To Watch Over Me
7. My Funny Valentine
8. Imagination
9. A Dandy Line
10. Grey December

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For an idea of why Chet Baker remains an icon of the jazz we call "cool," just lay your ears on these beauties. Bask in the gentle tones of his voice and trumpet as you hear My Funny Valentine; Darn That Dream; Imagination; All the Things You Are; Someone to Watch over Me; Let's Get Lost , and more!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Compilation June 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This 2001 compilation of some of the best songs and tunes recorded by Chet Baker is part of "The 10 Best Series" from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets that gives accolades to great talents such as Benny Goodman, George Shearing, Billie Holiday, Stan Kenton, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Count Basie, The Andrews Sisters, Jackie Gleason and many more.

Chet Baker did not have the vocal attributes of Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole or Mel Torme, but he was simply Chet Baker whose voice was mysteriously alluring. He was a singer and musician who delivers a song or a melody in an effortless manner and leaves a lasting impression in each interpretation that ultimately becomes his very own. A perfect example would be "My Funny Valentine." He recorded this song in different settings--with or without vocals--and each rendition is such an enjoyable listen. It eventually became his "signature tune" which he never failed to include in almost all of his albums, live shows and concerts.

"The Best of Chet Baker" represents his most notable recordings during the span of his recording career. What I loved most about this compilation is that every track is easy-on-the-ears and exudes a sense of nostalgia especially "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Like Someone In Love," "Let's Get Lost" and "Darn That Dream."

This is a brilliant compilation, but my only concern is there isn't any liner notes--not even a brief information about the selected material. I'm old-school when it comes to buying albums. I still prefer physical CDs over digital downloads (which I've used occasionally) mainly because of CD booklets which contain liner notes and all the recording information that an avid listener would like to find out. Nevertheless, it's the material that matters most of all. It is still a welcome addition to any jazz lover's collection. Give it a listen and enjoy!
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