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Chet BakerVinyl
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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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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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Contemporary
  • ASIN: B001H1BAXW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never - early Chet November 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Why this live performance set in the can for thirty-two years is a mystery to me. It set in the vault until it was finally released in 1985. Better late than never. This features very early Chet who is accompanied by the who's who of West Coast jazz. In fact as you run through the sound samples you will clearly hear that this is anything but the stereotypical, 'cool' music we are led to believe epitomized that style. The entire ensemble is on fire.

As you listen to the sound samples you will hear a bump or distinct shift on the last two tracks. That is because there was a personnel shift in which Bob Cooper replaces Jimmy Giuffre on tenor sax in the front line and the pianist and drummer are replaced by Claude Williamson and Shelly Manne respectively.

The core tracks feature a front line comprised of Baker and Rolf Ericson on trumpet, Bud Shank on alto and baritone sax and Jimmy Giuffre on tenor sax. The rhythm section features Russ Freeman on piano, Howard Rumsey on bass and Max Roach on drums.

This album was recorded for the Contemporary label at Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, CA on September 13, 1953. There is another album, recorded for the Fantasy label, that was recorded at the venue on the same day with an expanded line-up that is also worth checking out: At Last!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jumping jazz big band January 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This song if you can call it that woke my and wife and myself up this morning coming out of a three inch clock radio. It is one of the liveliest jamminist song not to mention a killer tempo held on the wood block of all things.
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what the heck is this song? August 16, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Alvin and the Chipmunks sing it a lot better
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