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Deep in a Dream: Ultimate Chet Baker Collection

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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  • Audio CD (May 7, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0000658PC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Funny Valentine (Instrumental)
2. Aren't You Glad You're You?
3. This Time the Dream's on Me
4. The Thrill Is Gone
5. Blue Room
6. Spring Is Here
7. The Wind
8. Let's Get Lost
9. You Don't Know What Love Is
10. Summer Sketch
11. Halema
12. Ponder
13. A Night on Bop Mountain
14. Little Girl Blue
15. Alone Together
16. Deep in a Dream
17. Whatever Possess'd Me
18. Petite Fleur (Little Flower)
19. My Funny Valentine (Vocal)

Editorial Reviews

While it's not quite the ultimate collection promised by the title, Deep in a Dream is still an excellent introduction to the music of Chet Baker. The 19 tracks, which were chosen by James Gavin, author of the definitive Baker biography, are culled from Baker's 1950s recordings for a variety of labels, including Pacific Jazz, Columbia, Colpix, Jazzland, and Jazztone. The tunes include both instrumental and vocal versions of Baker's trademark song, "My Funny Valentine," as well as a thoughtful selection of Baker's work with assorted groups, including Gerry Mulligan's famous pianoless quartet. Also included are previously unreleased a cappella versions of "Blue Room" and "Spring Is Here," which Baker sings in his fragile but compelling voice. --Michael Simmons

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The 19 tracks on this disc give a clear picture of baker's musical brilliance. His soft, unaffected vocals provide a haunting counterpoint to his trumpet. No other Chet Baker compilation can boast the rarities contained on Deep In A Dream. Includes 'Blue Room' & 'Spring Is Here' (previously uinssued) & 'Petite Fleur' & My Funny Valentine' (first time on CD). EMI. 2002.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A smoldering set... April 3, 2006
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For the initiate and the long-time fan, this collection is a career spanning glimpse at Baker's most brilliant performances. Trumpet and voice are both sultry, sad, and "suspended in air like a curl of cigarette smoke" (from the liner notes - which are an excellent companion to the music). This is pure soul, long and slow, melancholy and deep. The sound is clean but not overly so. The original grain comes through without the pops and clicks. From jazzman to junkie, this is the musical journey of Chet Baker on one carefully crafted cd.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good But Hardly Ultimate September 7, 2008
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I've given this three stars - not because of the music, which is fine, but for the sheer presumption of the title. This is not, in any sense of the word, an "ultimate" collection of Chet's vast repertoire. It is not even representative. Those just approaching this towering jazz icon will not be won over by this sometimes inspired, sometimes oddball mish-mash of selections. New fans will find a much better slice of Chet's multifaceted career in the excellent "Career" or "Chet Baker Sings" or the marvelous Barclay sessions "In Paris", or even the bopped out wonders of Chet Baker & Stan Getz on "West Coast Live". My personal favorite Chet CD is the exquisite "Embraceable You", a gem only recently discovered, after gathering dust on a shelf for 40 years. "Deep in a Dream" has its moments, to be sure, like the title cut, but the a capella vocals don't cut it, and several other cuts receive better treatment on other CD's. So get it if you are already a big fan, but look elsewhere if you are unfamiliar with the inspired work of this troubled genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Chet Baker CD October 5, 2002
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This CD, issued in conjunction with the publication of James Gavin's new biography, "Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker," is an excellent collection of Baker recordings during his peak years. Included in the 19 tunes by trumpeter-vocalist Baker between 1952 and 1965 are three real gems -- 1953 a capella vocals of "Blue Room" and "Spring Is Here" that have not been issued until now and a cut of "Petite Fleur" that only appeared on an out-of-print Bud Shank LP in 1965. Whether you want to take your first step into the land of Chet Baker or add to an already large collection of this artist, this CD is for you. I also recommend Gavin's book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thrill Is Chet April 18, 2014
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The Thrill Is Gone is only one brilliant cut on this lyrical CD. Wow, Chet. His ease with a song and his unusual tones make this collection well, as the title suggests, dreamy. Lower the lights and let the wine breathe...
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