Chet Baker In New York
Chet Baker In New York
Chet Baker In New York
Chet Baker In New York
Chet Baker In New York
Chet Baker In New York
Chet Baker In New York
Chet Baker In New York
Chet Baker In New York
Chet Baker In New York

Chet Baker In New York

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Trumpet – Chet Baker [click here to see more vinyl featuring Chet Baker]

Tenor Saxophone – Johnny Griffin (A1, A3, B2) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Johnny Griffin]

Bass – Paul Chambers [click here to see more vinyl featuring Paul Chambers]

Drums – Philly Joe Jones [click here to see more vinyl featuring Philly Joe Jones]

Piano – Al Haig

Written by Benny Golson (A1), Johnny Burke (A2), Jimmy Van Heusen (A2), Owen Marshall (A3), Miles Davis (B1), Benny Golson (B2), Benny Carter (B3), Spencer Williamson (B3)


1 LP, Stoughton old-style tip-on jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Record Technology Incorporated (RTI)

Label : Concord Craft

Original label : Riverside Records

Recorded in September 1958 at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City

Engineered by Jack Higgins

Produced by Orrin Keepnews

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1959

Reissued in March 2021



Side A:

  1. Fair Weather
  2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
  3. Hotel 49

Side B:

  1. Solar
  2. Blue Thoughts
  3. When Lights Are Low



        “Chet Baker's West Coast cool comes to the Big Apple on Chet Baker in New York. The project would be Baker's first -- in a four album deal -- with the Big Apple-based Riverside Records. The bicoastal artist incorporates his decidedly undernourished sound and laid-back phrasing into the styling of Al Haig (piano), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). The results are uniformly brilliant as Baker's cool-toned solos fly and bop with authority around the equally impressive supporting soloists. Conversely, the same cohesive unity continues on the introspective numbers that are more akin to Baker's California cool. Undoubtedly one of the charms of this collection is the distinct choice of material. Running the gamut from the relaxed and soothing "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and equally serene "Blue Thoughts" at one end of the spectrum to the percolating and driving intensity of "Hotel 49" on the other. This track features each quintet member taking extended solos corralling together at the head and again at the coda for some intense bop interaction. Especially ferocious is Philly Joe Jones, who could easily be mistaken for Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, or even Gene Krupa with his cacophonous solo that never strays from the beat or loses its sense of swing. Perhaps the best meshing of styles can be heard on the Miles Davis composition "Solar." This "best-of" candidate refers to both Chambers' and Jones' concurrent involvement with Davis. The churning backbeat likewise propels the melody and ultimately the performers into reaching beyond their individual expertise and into an area of mutual brilliance. Chet Baker in New York is a highly recommended entry into Baker's catalog. It should also be noted that these same sides were issued in 1967 as Polka Dots and Moonbeams on the Jazzland label.” AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer


        Ratings :

        AllMusic : 4 / 5  ; Discogs : 4.7 / 5

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