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  • Audio CD (January 27, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005GW2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded with pianist Russ Freeman's ensemble in 1954 and 1956, this is the archetypal Baker release, and the first one to get if you're testing the waters. Baker sings standards (including "My Funny Valentine," of course) as if stepping out of an androgynous dream, although it would take another 20 years of hard living for his voice to take on otherworldly qualities. Relaxed West Coast swing such as this can't be duplicated today. In its sweetly melancholic post- war foreboding, this is a Mike Davis book set to music. "Sings" should be on the required listening list for any history class covering the city of L.A. --D. Strauss

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Perfect for a rainy day.
Emily McKinney
"I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)" is a very tender ballad; that xylophone works well and Chet sings this faultlessly.
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Man, do I love Chet Baker!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on March 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I don't think Chet Baker would be rated by most casual jazz fans as the best male vocalist of his era...probably, he wouldn't be number one even for the trumpet on most lists. However, when you combine his better-than-average singing with his much-better-than-average horn playing and his impeccable taste in songs and his excellent choice of sidemen, you have durable art and a good value for the music lover's money. This CD combines a 1954 recording session with one in '56 using different bass players and drummers. My, does it all hold up well. Call it smooth jazz, call it lounge music, call it pop, even...it's all good. I like the '54 session better because those eight songs are a little stronger overall than the six he produced in '56. If anyone is writing songs this good now, somebody point me to them: "But Not For Me"; "Time After Time"; "I Get Along Without You Very Well"; his signature tune, "My Funny Valentine"; "There Will Never Be Another You" and "I Fall in Love Too Easily." Chet didn't write them, he just demonstrates how good the writers are. If you like lightly swinging love songs, a little trumpet improv in the middle, and a short list of some of the best three-minute pop songs of the century, buy this one. Chet ended up a tragic figure, doomed by heroin, but here he is young and full of promise, enjoying that decade inbetween the end of the Korean War and the start of the Vietnam mistake known generically as "The Fifties." Rock and Roll was just beginning when these sessions were held...ten years later, people like Chet Baker were relegated to cult-type followings, but when these performances were fresh, this kind of music held the main stage.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By paul escamilla on June 25, 2001
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Chet is my main man...Ever since i saw the documentary about him ("Let's Get Lost"), I have never been able to get enough of this man's musical genius. And that goes for both his trumpet-paying and his singing.
Some people try to make the argument that he's really not a singer. Excuse me? Do you have ears? Aside from Billie Holiday, I don't think there is another jazz singer who can touch Baker.
I listen to a lot of singers...from Louie Armstrong to Abbie Lincoln to Nina Simone to Ella to Kurt Elling...and nobody moves me like Baker...
He's phenomenal...Buy this cd...do yourself a favor...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Hendryson on April 30, 2006
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Of all Chet Baker recordings, this is the original from the mid-50s, and it remains the best. No quirky phrasings, just pure Chet. Don't confuse it with 'Chet Baker Sings and Plays,' a later recording with similar arrangements which seems much less fresh than the original, slower, chet's voice a bit strained and not as sincere, if that's the right word. His trumpet lags in many instances; and the piano work I found to be lacking. If you want to start a Chet collection, first get the original, CHET BAKER SINGS.

Barbara H., California poet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on July 16, 2006
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"You'll hear Chet Baker's trumpet as well as his voice on some of these songs; that's hardly startling, but it is startling to discover a voice and a horn of such quality with but a single source. Chet Baker has turned out to be a musician with such a wonderfully nice voice, it is a problem whether to speak of him as a 'trumpet player who also sings' or as a 'singer who also plays trumpet'." ~ Gerald Heard, Liner Notes ~

To me Chet Baker will always be famously known as the "trumpet player who also sings." This CD speaks of him more of a singer for this is the only album he was featured not only as a trumpet player but also as a singer. He superbly interpreted fourteen of the best standards of all-time with his soft and mellow voice and his wonderfully captivating trumpet playing. He was ably supported by Russ Freeman on piano and celeste, James Bond and Carson Smith on bass, Peter Littman, Lawrence Marable and Bob Neel on drums.

This CD will never disappoint the listeners for this is one of his best recordings. Its repertoire includes an impressive collection of great standards penned by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Jim Van Heusen, Johnny Burke, Hoagy Carmichael, Mack Gordon, Harry Warren, Frank Loesser, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and many others. The best tracks for me include such lovely and timeless standard as Les Brown and Sammy Fain's "That Old Feeling."

"There'll be no new romance for me
It's foolish to start
For that old feeling is still in my heart."

You will also be pleased to hear "Like Someone In Love," "But Not For Me," "My Funny Valentine," "Time After Time" and my very highlight - one of my ultimate favorites from the pens of Mack Gordon and Harry Warren - "There Will Never Be Another You."

With my heartfelt recommendation for your listening pleasure now and forever!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Scalzo on January 11, 2005
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As the title says, this is Chet Baker Sings, so if you're looking for his instrumental work, this isn't it. It's a tired cliche I know, but you either love or hate Baker's singing voice. I happen to love it, but if you've never heard him sing, this guy was no Louis Armstrong! Baker's fragile, soft voice often sounded just on the edge of losing the tune entirely. This might sound horrible if you've never heard him, but I think it lends a uniqely emotional edge to this collection of standards. You have to hear it to make up your mind. The closest comparison I can think of is a more subdued Morrissey of all people. Singing jazz.

Pacific Jazz puts together two recordings, from 1954 & 1956 to form this compilation, together with a surprisingly good sound for such old recordings. Baker takes you on a tour through the Great American Songbook decades before Rod Stewart thought of it, with his unique vocals and trumpet punctuation. The small combos led on both sessions by Russ Freeman pretty much stay in the background and let Baker do his thing.

One factor I take into giving stars is "playability," which is simply how often I play something. This CD gets pulled out a lot so I'm giving it 5 stars.
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