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listen  1. Come Rain Or Come ShineChet Baker 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. My Old Flame (Live)Chet Baker 5:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. That Old FeelingChet Baker 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lullaby Of The Leaves (Live)Chet Baker 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. There's A Lull In My LifeChet Baker 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Moonlight In Vermont (Live)Chet Baker 5:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Darn That DreamChet Baker 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. My IdealChet Baker 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. ImaginationChet Baker 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Embraceable YouChet Baker 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Lush LifeChet Baker With Russ Freeman 4:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. GoodbyeChet Baker 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Chet Baker's trumpet and vocal approach was immediately recognizable and striking, especially in his prime. He was known for his clear tone, reflective and subdued style, soft volume and careful, restrained approach in his choices of notes for melodic sequences. He played in an army of bands before working briefly with Charlie Parker in 1952. he then began a prominent association with ... Read more in Amazon's Chet Baker Store

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  • Audio CD (July 15, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005H9P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Chet Baker, famed for his clear, melodic trumpet playing, was also an accomplished vocalist in his own right, though these tracks are much less numerous than his instrumental work. Compiling 12 tracks from Chet Baker's early recorded years, 1953-1957, 'Songs for Lovers' features five of Baker's vocal tracks, including three recorded live at the Tiffany Club in Los Angeles in 1954. Mostly featuring recordings with his usual quartet, including pianist Russ Freeman, 'Songs for Lovers' includes a terrific rendition of, 'Come Rain of Come Shine', perfectly showcasing Baker's unique vocal talents. Baker's deceptively simple trumpet playing is prominently displayed throughout, where sparse arrangements add to the quiet, brooding emotion that so suited Baker's subtleties. The wide variety of tracks, and the intriguing glimpse at Baker's early years, makes 'Songs for Lovers' a must own for fans, old and new alike.

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His voice will melt you.
RP
His trumpet playing is superb, nothing too flashy, but his mellow tone and brilliant phrasing make it work.
C. Johnson
This is another of Chet Baker's best albums.
Barbra Wawa

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Angela Mitchell VINE VOICE on June 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It's ironic that an artist once primarily known for his trumpet-playing should have such a sweet, smooth tenor. Chet Baker's silky voice winds through his songs in a way that can sound both melancholy and hopeful at the same time. His vocals here provide the perfect counterpoint to the ultra-romantic titles found on "Songs for Lovers."
Standouts include a haunting rendition of "Come Rain or Come Shine," which along with some unique arrangement and instrumentation also shows off Baker's unique vocals to perfection. On this version Baker's fragile, sweet tenor gives the wistful impression of a guy who's going to stick around even if he may not be altogether worthy.
Some up-tempo standouts include "That Old Feeling," an example of Chet at his more cheerful, plus some terrific renditions of "Darn that Dream," "Embraceable You," and a don't-miss version of "Lush Life" from a guy who had certainly lived the song inside out.
Highly recommended! Also, don't miss "Chet Baker Sings" and, for later Chet, "Let's Get Lost."
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on May 9, 2005
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I own most of Chet Baker's recordings, and this (for the moment) is my favorite. This disc has one tone, I'd call it romantic melancholia. Even when he sings "happy" songs like "Come Rain or Come Shine" or "Embraceable You" there is a sadness in his voice. The sparse arrangements add to this feeling of quiet, brooding emotion.

The title of the disc "Songs for Lovers" is a little strange, probably dreamed up by a record exec. The inclusion of "Lush Life" (done as an instrumental here, but its lyrics are about a drunk who's wasted his life) and the closer "Goodbye" (one of my favorite tracks, an instrumental arranged by Jack Montrose for 4 horns and rhythm section) are both pretty dark. But don't get me wrong, these are still GREAT tracks.

My favorite song on the disc is "My Ideal," where Chet's pianist Russ Freeman plays celeste (a bell-like keyboard instrument). It provides the perfect backdrop for Chet's imaginings of the ideal woman. Freeman's piano intro on "Lush Life" is well-crafted as well, concise and understated but still clever. David Wheat's guitar playing on tracks such as "Come Rain or Come Shine" has the same understated feel, less really is more here.

Chet's crooning was not fully appreciated in his day. The jazz world of the 1950's favored cool instrumental jazz and what Chet was doing was seen as a tired throwback. Only recently has he gotten the recognition that he deserved. His trumpet playing is superb, nothing too flashy, but his mellow tone and brilliant phrasing make it work.

If you want more of Chet Baker check out "The Best of Chet Baker Sings." I would stay away from the "Jazz 'Round Midnight" disc, it's not his best. For more of his instrumental stuff, check out his albums recorded in Paris in the mid 1950's.

Happy listening!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 2000
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I have virtually everything that Chet Baker has done...especially the "standards". If you like his vocals, you will like this CD. If you like quiet, yet "rich" Chet Baker, I recommend this one. But, as far as I'm concerned, whatever Chet does is okay by me!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "jaeck7" on August 21, 2001
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The perfect album for after work; this music really compliments that first wonderful moment when you kick off your shoes, ease your chair back...and relax with a cocktail after a hard day. Chet is my relaxation hero!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald A. Ryan on March 14, 2006
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I have been a fan of Chet's since the 1950s. I especially like when he sings. I recommend him to all the friend in my age group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbra Wawa on March 25, 2009
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This is another of Chet Baker's best albums. I could listen to it every day.
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By RP on April 18, 2014
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Chet does it all on this CD ! What a group of classic songs and how he enhances each one with his characteristic sweet, easy sound. This collection is one of his best and that's saying a lot. He is the complete musician. Very singular. His voice will melt you.
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