- Audio CD (April 2, 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Blue Note
- ASIN: B00005Y84C
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,938 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Best Of Chet Baker
Audio CD | Import, Reissued, Remastered
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For an idea of why Chet Baker remains an icon of the jazz we call "cool," just lay your ears on these beauties. Bask in the gentle tones of his voice and trumpet as you hear My Funny Valentine; Darn That Dream; Imagination; All the Things You Are; Someone to Watch over Me; Let's Get Lost, and more!
Top customer reviews
Chet Baker did not have the vocal attributes of Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole or Mel Torme, but he was simply Chet Baker whose voice was mysteriously alluring. He was a singer and musician who delivers a song or a melody in an effortless manner and leaves a lasting impression in each interpretation that ultimately becomes his very own. A perfect example would be "My Funny Valentine." He recorded this song in different settings--with or without vocals--and each rendition is such an enjoyable listen. It eventually became his "signature tune" which he never failed to include in almost all of his albums, live shows and concerts.
"The Best of Chet Baker" represents his most notable recordings during the span of his recording career. What I loved most about this compilation is that every track is easy-on-the-ears and exudes a sense of nostalgia especially "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Like Someone In Love," "Let's Get Lost" and "Darn That Dream."
This is a brilliant compilation, but my only concern is there isn't any liner notes--not even a brief information about the selected material. I'm old-school when it comes to buying albums. I still prefer physical CDs over digital downloads (which I've used occasionally) mainly because of CD booklets which contain liner notes and all the recording information that an avid listener would like to find out. Nevertheless, it's the material that matters most of all. It is still a welcome addition to any jazz lover's collection. Give it a listen and enjoy!