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  • Audio CD (December 29, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B002XVZ1O4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Editorial Reviews

2009 release containing all existing recordings of Chet Baker and Bill Evans playing together on a single edition for the first time ever! Featuring musical assistance from Zoot Sims, Herbie Mann, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. 15 tracks. American Jazz Classics.

Customer Reviews

It is a very generous CD.
Lorne Henry
The exception track," Almost like Being in Love" includes Baker but excludes Bill Evans.
Richard C. Ferris
The music is poignant, lyrical, and swinging as required.
Jazz Lover

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237 of 240 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Ferris on February 3, 2010
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If you have the albums titled, "The Lyrical Trumpet of Chet Baker" and "Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Lowe", then you own 14 of the 15 tracks contained on this CD. The exception track," Almost like Being in Love" includes Baker but excludes Bill Evans.
However, if the above titles are not included in your jazz collection, this CD is highly recommended.
The sessions dates are identified as Dec. 1958, plus January and July 1959. Both featured artists are in top musical form. Their interpretations of these jazz standards are exceptional.
The backing musicians are truly the gold standard of jazz recording artists. All these individuals are legendary jazz icons with very successful solo careers. The ensemble includes Herbie Mann, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Connie Kay and Philly Joe Jones. All these artists turn in stellar performances. However, I have to single out Pepper Adams on baritone sax who really shines on these selections. The production values and mix are spot on, courtesy of Orrin Keepnews. The entire project maintains a leisurely tempo and a rich melodic and moody interpretation of these classic compositions.
Listeners are blessed that these sessions, the only recorded work between Baker and Evans, are available on one CD with a crystal clear sound to enjoy.
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Matt H. Evans on April 4, 2010
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I have both the original LP's by Chet Baker that include Bill Evans. I would echo the review by Richard Ferris that if you don't have these sessions and you love both Chet Baker and Bill Evans, then you really should buy this CD. It is extremely lyrical and beautiful jazz. Granted it does highlight Chet Baker, but it does show how an artist such as Bill Evans (similar to Kind of Blue) can bring something that makes the sessions oh so complete.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Fan on August 20, 2011
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I have not heard Chet in such good shape tone-wise. However, none of these tracks develops much of a groove and Bill Evans has at best two choruses (often just one) one each track. Bill's solos are not particularly notable. As a devoted Evans and Baker fan, I can't get too excited about this CD - although I am glad I have it.
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson VINE VOICE on August 17, 2010
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I'm not really a jazz afficianado, but i know enough to know that once you get past Miles Davis, it doesn't get much better than Chet Baker. Mix well with legendary keyboardist Bill Evans and you've got a sweet combination. The players display virtuosity , yet restraint and play beautifully as a unit. Many of the songs are takes on standards, lovingly arranged and played. For those like me who are not heavily into jazz, the songs are accessible and don't leave the casual listener wondering what the hell is this like the more atonal and free form records do. I highly recommend this cd.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. Rambo on July 9, 2012
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Not what I expected. With Bill Evans getting equal billing, I was hoping for some great piano. His role was more that of a sideman. This appears to have been exploitive of listeners wanting lots of Bill Evans.
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Chances are this is a bootleg, so unless you're luckier than me, you're likely to receive a nasty, even threatening, note from someone claiming to be the rightful owner of the music. I take such prohibitions seriously only when there's an alternative. Rarely do the "rightful" owners seem to care enough about the music to spend money on producing and promoting it.

That said, the customer should know that the title tends to be misleading. These are NOT "legendary" sessions; rather, they're recording sessions by two legendary musicians.

One of the groups has Paul Chambers on bass (I believe I have all of these tracks on Riverside discs); the other has Earl May on bass (a Billy Taylor regular, and a very modest, approachable bass player who, like virtually all other bassists, doesn't begin to approach the artistry of Chambers). Herbie Mann and Pepper Adams are, like Bill, present on both sessions. If only because of the presence of Philly Joe Jones (one of Bill's favorite drummers), I'd have a preference for the first of these two late '50s dates.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of that sacred Sunday (June 21, 1961) when Bill Evans (along with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian) re-defined jazz trio playing, this album is a reminder of a more straight-ahead, mainstream player than the delicately nuanced pianist of the truly legendary "Sunday at the Village Vanguard" session. Both sides of Bill Evans are highly worthy of the listener's time and attention, but it would be foolish to pick up the present collection prior to purchase of "The Complete Vanguard Sessions."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Baker on May 31, 2013
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This might be great performances but one of the worst jazz mixes I have heard. Bill Evans' piano parts are barley audible. The trumpet is so much louder than all the other instruments I had to reach for the volume knob every time Chet started playing. The title of the album infers some dialog between Baker and Evans but there is a big lack of piano solos on the cuts. Many more sax and flute solos. And Mann sounds tired. The flute has a conspicuous lack of reverb compared to the trumpet and sax. They must have had the apprentice engineer on that day. Trumpet and piano in the left speaker, bass in the right speaker? At least I could recycle the plastic jewel case.
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