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.
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