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Here's the icon of West Coast cool in the mid-'50s, in his early prime as a leader (heard here soon after leaving the Gerry Mulligan Quartet). His trumpet and voice are sublimely silky as you hear his famous rendition of "My Funny Valentine" plus "Time After Time; Isn't It Romantic?; Sweet Lorraine; Let's Get Lost; Moon Love"14 in all!

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Chet Baker was at the height of his popularity, the epitome of cool jazz, when these tracks were recorded for Pacific Jazz between 1952 and 1954. While Baker could hold his own in bop settings, the emphasis in this collection is squarely on his lyrical approach to ballads, whether singing or playing trumpet, with just a rhythm section or an added string orchestra. His vocals were absolutely distinctive, sung in a high-pitched, even fragile voice seemingly drained of emotion and yet possessing an inherent charm, a detachment that might be both the antithesis of style and its definition, whether it's heard as sensitivity or indifference. The singing is a double of his trumpet playing here, spare and barely present but achieving much through nuance and suggestion. Pianist Russ Freeman is an almost constant partner, supplying deft chords and harmonic daring, amplifying Baker's ideas. Their empathy is especially evident in the beautiful instrumental "Moon Love," but it's just as significant on signature Baker songs such as "My Funny Valentine," "Let's Get Lost," and "Like Someone in Love." --Stuart Broomer

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  4. This Is Always 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. I'm Glad There Is You 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  8. It's Always You (With Vocal) 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
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10. Moon Love 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
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12. I've Never Been In Love Before (With Vocal) 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 29, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005GWQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By MOVIE MAVEN on July 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD was my first introduction to Chet Baker's vocals and trumpet playing and it is still my favorite. What a gorgeous recording. Compiled from several different collections recorded from 1953 to 1956, Baker's voice is so pure, so vulnerable and sweet....Mel Torme-like in its "foggy" quality, but also lighter than Torme, a boy/man tenor. His trumpet is, as always, exquisite.
The songs are all classics and include the title song by Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me" and my personal favorite, Jule Styne's "Time After Time." There is also an arrangement of Jimmy Van Heusen's "Moonlight Becomes You" that is as smooth and beautiful as the more famous one by Bing Crosby.
All of the selections are love songs, in intimate arrangements for late-night, romantic listening. There is, unfortunately, not one liner note. I would have loved to know about the other players and about Baker's life at this point in time. As compensation, Capitol Records has published William Claxton's famous photographic portrait of the handsome, shirtless Baker, trumpet in hand, and a female model close by on the front and back of the album. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By rash67 VINE VOICE on August 7, 2000
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Chet Baker was already a budding jazz trumpet star when he decided to try vocals, the natural extension of his close-to-the-melodic-line trumpet style.
Chet Baker, apres le deluge, with the movie star looks intact and the high-pitched, fragile, Cool, sensitive voice sings (mostly) here on his best selling vocal album. And he signs on key! (In his later years, after a lot of bad habits, his trumpet playing improved, and his singing was consistantly flat). But here he is before his habits had taken their toll.
His singing style, even in the 50's, points back to a much earlier era, to the Crosby/Sinatra romantic and sad Saloon Songs of the 30's and 40's. And Chet always seemed to have a group of young women following him around, like Sinatra.
Here he often seems so fragile, etherial, non-macho and so sensitive as to be not of this earth. This album is definately Midnight listening, laid back, romantic, wistful music pointing to a time long ago or a time that never was. A stress antidote.
A treasure to Chet Baker fans and lovers. There is a "best of" which contains many of these highlights, but this is the original. Probably the best introduction to Chet's vocal music. And of course it contains "My Funny Valentine"!
5 stars for a bestseller.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elskabar on March 5, 2000
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This musical recording astounded me during a visit to a friend's home for supper. I enjoyed it so much, that I forgot I was there to eat. One can easily sink into a chair while listening to Chet and forget why one IS. Chet's vocal delivery is voluptious, enrapturing, warm, and invites you to protect. It is as if words became tears and laughter doused by irony. I highly recommend this album for your most special gatherings, or for those times when you just want to be alone with your thoughts. It is perfect for listening to, or background music. I look forward to creating a collection of this man's wonderful work.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on July 26, 2001
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I don't know how well regarded this Chet Baker album is, but it is damn good. I was first introduced to this excellent trumpeter and balladeer through his quiet, mysterious and mournful version of 'My Funny Valentine', which serves as not only the title of this album, but as the opening track. I was instantly struck by his strange, soft voice and style, and his approach to this number was almost eerie and spooky-sounding. This album, I feel, is a great introduction to him as well as the West Coast Jazz scene of the 1950's that dominated the glamorous nightlife of Hollywood. It is an excellent collection of standards by songwriting greats, many of which are some of my personal all-time favorites. His renderings of tunes like 'I'm Glad There Is you' with his striking and melodic brand of trumpet-playing, an excellently-pieced together 'Time After Time', and a quintessential version of the lovelorn 'I Fall in Love Too Easily' that closes the album will leave you breathless and are truly gems to behold. His voice is so sensitive and heartbreaking, it can sway the song from sounding sad to sounding all-out hopeless.
Baker could take almost any song, no matter how midtempo or easygoing the arrangement, and develop it with his style, so that it had a kind of dejected and mournful vibe. All of the fourteen cuts on this album are proof of that. There were few jazz musicians working in the 1950's that were really adopting traditional forms of barroom jazz and saloon songs with their own touch and style, and remaining respectful. This is a great example of such though. A classic album for any jazz fan's collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy Bill VINE VOICE on September 17, 2003
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Chet Baker's voice had an innocent, sincere quality that few other singers have matched (although they've certainly tried). These 14 cuts -- mostly standards -- are not only well performed but also well recorded, with a warm sonic clarity.
This CD is a good start in building a Chet Baker collection; if you want only one Baker disc, this will fill the bill.
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