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Phil Urso and Carl Saunders Salute Chet Baker

Phil Urso and Carl SaundersAudio CD
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listen  1. Jumpin' Off a ClefPhil Urso 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. For Minors OnlyPhil Urso 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Mister BPhil Urso 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. This Is the ThingPhil Urso 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Funk In Deep FreezePhil Urso 7:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. My Funny ValentinePhil Urso 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Baby BreezePhil Urso 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Way To GoPhil Urso 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Worryin' the Life Out of MePhil Urso 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jazzed Media
  • ASIN: B00011HEVG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Phil Urso is a magical name from jazz history, one who made his mark on jazz in the 1950s, settled far outside of New York and has continued playing up to the present day away from the spotlight. His tone on tenor was harder than one normally associates with West Coast jazz (closer to Hank Mobley than to Bob Cooper) and his driving playing helped Baker to evolve from cool jazz to hard bop. A skilled songwriter (his "Halema" is particularly memorable) and arranger, he was a stabilizing force in Chet Baker’s career during 1955-57". I can speak for the many bebop and Chet Baker fans when I say "Welcome back Phil Urso!" Scott Yanow, Author of seven jazz books including Trumpet Kings, Bebop, Swing and Afro-Cuban Jazz

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD! December 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD has been a staple in my cars CD player for the last month. That's not a minor achievement, the console in my Jeep is stuffed with Miles, Monk, Mingus and Marsalis but this great set just keeps climbing its way back into my player.
It has a great classic sound. Yesterday I listened to it sandwiched between "Sonny Rollins Plus 4" (1956 Sonny with Richie Powell, George Morrow, Max Roach, and the amazing Clifford Brown) and Miles Davis/Gil Evans "The Birth of Cool" (1949/50 Miles with Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, Lee Konitz etc.). It fit in perfectly.
The CD is beautifully recorded and features a great set of 11 classic tunes including: Jumpin' off a Clef, Line for Lyons, For Minors only and the beautiful Halema (written by Phil Urso for Bakers wife). Of course no tribute to Chet Baker would be complete without a version of his signature My Funny Valentine, Phil and Carl's version is one of the highlights of this outstanding set. Phil's mellow tenor sax blends beautifully with Carl's bright and melodic trumpet.
I highly recommend that you pick up this outstanding new CD. Whether your a fan of Baker's or not you'll enjoy this set. It's an example of classic 50's Jazz at it's finest. It's a reminder that there is still a lot of great Jazz being played today. Phil Urso is a living link to the golden era of Jazz, I hope he'll have the opportunity to record several more CD's in the coming years!
PS If you live anywhere near Denver CO or are planning a visit, Phil and his outstanding Quintet "The Crew" play a monthly set at Dazzle (Denver's coolest Jazz club).
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! February 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is nirvana for the long suffering Phil Urso fans like me. Every now and then I would check Amazon to see if an Urso recording had surfaced by some miracle or another. Then, voila!. Here it is. Naturally, the music is familiar; but with a new touch here and there and all of it tasteful. Of all the Chet Baker music I have collected over the years, and it's plenty, the Phil Urso sides are the ones I dig the most. I still have the Crown album that featured Halema and Jumpin' Off A Clef that I left on continuous play over much of a weekend back in '62 or so while reading Gone With The Wind. Now, when I think of Rhett Butler, it's not Tara's Theme, but Halema that swirls around in my mind. This album is a delightful surprise. Carl Saunders work is excellent and incredibly listenable. He flat out swings! If you like solid swingin' jazz without squeakin' and honkin' then Phil Urso in general and this album in particular is for you.
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By simonjp
Format:Audio CD
A wonderful pairing of trumpet master with veteran west-coast tenor great on a fine tribute to Chet Baker, this was recorded in 2002. What a pleasure to hear the (now late) tenor legend and Baker colleague Phil Urso, after too long out of the limelight, playing such fine tenor saxophone in his late seventies. Urso’s sound has evolved over the years to a sound not dissimilar to Hank Mobley’s, whose “Funk in Deep Freeze” is featured here. Saunders’ brilliant trumpet playing is never an end in itself, but his super craftsmanship allows him great scope to play soulful, swinging jazz which never fails to impress the listener with its intensity and imagination. But most importantly, here are two players who understand Chet Baker and his music, and get down to business to play thoughtful and swinging jazz, in an inspiring and fresh look at the music of this late trumpet giant. The fine Denver-based rhythm section of Waters, Gieg and Romaine provides a solid and sympathetic support and solo strength, and the whole recording is a great example of hard-working, highly accomplished musicians who just want to play great music together. Thanks, guys!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phil Urso and Carl Saunders Fill A Jazz Void December 9, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD (Phil Urso and Carl Saunders Salute Chet Baker) is the initial offering from the new Jazzed Media label ([...]) and holds true to their goal of providing the best in jazz. For those of you who have grown very weary of the current flow of over-produced, uninspired jazz recordings, this recording is for you. Here, tenor sax legend Urso and LA's hottest trumpet player, Saunders, team to present a program of straight-ahead jazz which swings and soars across the limits of musical emotions. This CD makes you remember why you like jazz!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carl Saunders is one of America's best!!! August 1, 2012
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Carl is one of the finest trumpet players out there on the jazz scene today. He and other Stan Kenton alumni have gone on to record many fine records, this is one of those as he and the great Phil Urso pay tribute to Chet Baker. Nice recording and nice playing!
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