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Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Russ Freeman, Chet Baker, Chet Baker-Russ FreemanAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 5, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1953
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000006DGD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Isn't It Romantic
2. The Lamp Is Low
3. This Time The Dream's On Me
4. Maid In Mexico
5. Russ Job
6. Imagination
7. Long Ago & Far Away (10' LP Take)
8. Long Ago & Far Away (12' LP Take)
9. Carson City Stage
10. Easy To Love
11. Batter Up
12. No Ties (10' LP Take)
13. No Ties (12' LP Take)
14. All The Things You Are
15. The Thrill Is Gone (10' LP Take)
16. The Thrill Is Gone (12' LP Take)
17. Band Aid
18. Beas's Flat
19. Moon Love (10' LP Take)
20. Moon Love (12' LP Take)
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Editorial Reviews

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...Baker's clarity of conception and execution in the best of [these recordings] [are stonishing]. That is particularly true of his works on several of Freeman's originals.... -- Jazz Times

Product Description

Includes Chet's vocal rendition of I Fall Too Easily , which actually became a hit and caused him to emphasize singing over blowing for the rest of his career. The rest of this 25-track collection, though, is pure instrumental jazz, and includes lots of rare 10" and 12" LP takes. Classic stuff!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Chet at His Best March 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
These recordings, made between February and October 1953, feature Baker at the threshold of his carreer and vividly show his ceativity and promise. Anyone who questions why he continues to be held in such high esteem, should find the answer in listening to this CD.
There's a story that Charlie Parker, upon returning to New York from a trip to California, warned Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis about a new, young trumpet player out there named Chet Baker. These recordings demonstrate that the warning was justified.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pairing Made In Heaven! May 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Pairing Chet Baker with Russ Freeman in the '50s resulted in some of the most gorgeous recordings of any era. Baker was an icon of the jazz world for his trumpet playing, his singing (almost sounding like a trumpet) and his incredible looks, which really stood out in the rather homely jazz world (jazz guys do not usually look like rock stars!). Russ Freeman was a fabulous pianist plus also a composer. Together the two men played the most romantic, most emotional music extant in jazz. Theirs is not the "intellectual" jazz as popularized by Dave Brubeck. Warning: Buying one Chet Baker CD can be dangerous for the wallet. Once you own one of his discs, you will want all of them. I certainly did and now have the cd collection to prove it! I also bought every recording I was able to find that he did with Russ Freeman.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is top notch West Coast playing December 12, 1999
By DJ Rix
Format:Audio CD
This disc is actually "Quartet: Russ Freeman and Chet Baker" & is a Russ Freeman session initially issued under Chet's name. Russ composed 6 of the 8 tunes & he makes Chet work for his wages.

The album opens amusingly with "Love Nest," otherwise known as the theme for the Burns & Allen Show. Russ takes the lovely "Summer Sketch" solo half of the way through, then bringing Chet in for no more than a wonderfully pensive turn at the melody. That's followed by, for me, the album's two most swinging cuts, "An Afternoon at Home" & "Say When." They also pay homage to Billy Strayhorn with a romantic arrangement of "Lush Life."

This is top notch West Coast playing, with Shelly Manne on sticks & Leroy Vinnegar on big fiddle. Recorded in 1956. No singing. Check out the thumbnails on the insert by photographer William Claxton then check out the collections of great photos Claxton shot of this era & these talented musicians.

Bob Rixon, WFMU
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing By Ear Never Sounded This Good! February 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
By all accounts, the life and career of Chet Baker was an amazing saga. How does someone go from a movie star handsome trumpet idol of the fifties to a nearly homeless, but still performing drug addict? A couple of great biographies of Chet Baker try to answer that question; I can't. I prefer to concentrate on his place in the history of jazz trumpet. He was certainly the the most intuitive trumpeter since Louis Armstrong; he did not read music, understand chord changes, nor compose. Stories abound of sidemen, including Russ Freeman, having to give Chet his opening note. However, once he heard a tune, he owned it; his ear was exceptional and was the foundation of his improvisational skills. Trumpet purists complain that his ideas are simple, that he has no technical mastery, and no range; all true comments to some extent. What he provides thru his beautiful tone and original conception, however, is an emotional connection to the listener which is the envy of any musical artist. The tunes in this release are like short stories, just long enough to leave you wanting more. As other reviewers have stated, this was Russ Freeman's date with the usual Pacific Jazz crew of Carson Smith, Joe Mondragon, and others. It's hard to believe that this stuff is over 50 years old; it has a vitality and freshness that just flows out effortlessly. Chet Baker was a rare artist who sounded like no one else, even 50+ years later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chet Baker 10" Lp on CD July 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's just as I remember it from when I first bought it in 1954 or 55 - I can still hum the solos in tune and in time (except for Bea's Flat). That fluffy tone that was so difficult to reproduce (I tried so hard), and the beautiful intricate phrasing. Chet Baker was my first trumpet hero, never totally eclipsed by Clifford. My first spouse inherited the LP and I haven't been able to replace it 'til now. Thank you Pacific Jazz Records, you've made an old man's year. If you play/have played, or even like the horn, this is a must for you, Jim Barker
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