Chet Baker Sings
Chet Baker Sings
Chet Baker Sings
Chet Baker Sings
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Chet Baker Sings
Chet Baker Sings
Chet Baker Sings
Chet Baker Sings

Chet Baker Sings

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Chet Baker - vocals, trumpet [click here to see more vinyl featuring Chet Baker]

Russ Freeman - piano, celesta

Carson Smith - double bass

Joe Mondragon - double bass

Bob Neel - drums

Jimmy Bond - double bass

Larance Marable - drums

Peter Littman - drums


1 LP, Gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  RTI

Label :  Blue Note Tone Poet

Original Label :  Blue Note

Recorded at Capitol Studios, California on February 15, 1954

Engineered by Allan Emig

Produced by Joe Harley

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1954

Reissued in 2020


Tracks :

Side A

  1. That Old Feeling
  2. It's Always You
  3. Like Someone In Love
  4. My Ideal
  5. I've Never Been In Love Before
  6. My Buddy


Side B

  1. But Not For Me
  2. Time After Time
  3. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)
  4. My Funny Valentine
  5. There Will Never Be Another You
  6. The Thrill Is Gone
  7. I Fall In Love Too Easily
  8. Look For The Silver Lining


Reviews :

“As Gerald Heard's liner notes point out, it's difficult to decide whether Chet Baker was a trumpet player who sang or a singer who played trumpet. When the 24-year-old California-based trumpeter started his vocal career in 1954, his singing was revolutionary; as delicate and clear as his trumpet playing, with a similarly bright and vibrato-free tone, Baker simply didn't sound like any previous jazz singer. His first vocal session, recorded in February 1954 and covering tracks seven through 14 of this disc, is so innocent-sounding it's like cub reporter Jimmy Olsen had started a new career as a jazz singer. The album's first six tracks, recorded in July 1956, are even more milk and cookies, thanks in no small part to syrupy material like Frank Loesser's "I've Never Been in Love Before" and Donaldson/Kahn's drippy "My Buddy." Choices from the earlier session like "My Funny Valentine" -- arguably the definitive version of this oft-recorded song -- and "There Will Never Be Another You" work much, much better. The spacious musical setting, a simple trumpet and piano-bass-drums rhythm section, is perfect for Baker's low-key style. Despite the few faults of song selection, Chet Baker Sings is a classic of West Coast cool jazz.” AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason

"Baker's trumpet bell glistens. His voice, at once sultry and innocent, is in the room. I hesitate to admit it, but they're both dreamy, in a good way. The rhythm section, while not as pristine as some other 60-plus-year-old miracles (eg, Masterpieces by Ellington), has a presence that earlier pressings muddied. The 1956 tracks (Side 1) sound cleaner, deeper, and more palpable than the 1954 tracks (Side 2), although the bass line on the earlier sessions is crisper and woodier: You can make out much more clearly which notes he's plucking. This is a classic reissue." Fred Kaplan, Stereophile Magazine, July 2020



AllMusic 4.5/5 , Discogs 4.6 / 5 ,  Stereophile: Performance 5/5 Stars / Sonics 4/5 Stars

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