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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Criss Cross Jazz
  • ASIN: B0000279RS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This was listed in the 'Telegraph 100 Best Jazz Records Ever' as a 'must have', but I was disappointed. Chet Baker is always technically brilliant, so it simply would not be true to say that he is not good here, but there is to me a lack of feeling, a lack of depth, compared to such wonders as his performances with Gerry Mulligan in 'My Funny Valentine' among others. Not by any means a 'must have'.
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HASH(0x94bfecb4) out of 5 stars Chet meets Warne 20 April 2005
By N. Dorward - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Late in the day for both these guys--this meeting between Chet Baker & Warne Marsh was recorded in 1984, a few years before both their untimely demises, & the photos inside of the two players show them both looking pretty worn & spindly. The music itself is excellent, despite the slightly odd match of players--Marsh's grey murmuring tone, elaborately calligraphic lines & microscopic attention to the beat & subdivisions of the beat (& subsubdivisions), vs Baker's minimalist, slighty hesitant improvisations, pursed, intimate sound, & tendency to skim over the tunes rhythmically. Most of the pieces are themeless improvs over familiar chord changes ("Well Spoken" = "Speak Low"; "We Know It's Love" = "What Is This Thing...."; "Looking Good Tonight" = "The Way You Look Tonight"); there are also ballad features for each horn--"If You Could See Me Now" for Chet, "Imagination" for Warne. A good rhythm section lends support--Hod O'Brien on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, Eddie Gladden on drums (best known for his work with Dexter Gordon). GHood stuff, & fans of either of the principals will find this one well worth getting hold of.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a62af00) out of 5 stars Brews for the Season 13 May 2008
By Gio - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Me and my homey Marcus were tipping a couple of chill IPAs in the dry California sun the other day, listening to this CD. Marcus plays dead-bang bebop piano, sort of Bill Evans style, but he tends to get frustrated and slam an elbow-to-fingertip chord just short of bliss. He listens only to jazz, though he knows my taste stretches from Ali Akbar Khan to Johan Dismas Zelenka. "Blues for a Reason" is Chet at his most abstract, Parker-grazed bopping improvisational, and the other clean-livers at this session were loose too -- intuitive, intellectual, in a groove.

"What do you think Bach would make of this," says Marcus out of the blue, "if he walked into the session?"

"I don't know," says I, "but I can guarantee that he'd be able to comp without a chart after a couple minutes listening."

"But would he GET it?" asks Marcus.

"Hard to say," quoth I, "but I'm sure he'd like it better than John Cage or Eminem."

(This is a very special Chet Baker performance, not quite like any other. The price is high, but if you're a Baker fan, you need to pay it, unless you have a friend who can load it on your iPod.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a804294) out of 5 stars Peerless 23 Jun. 2013
By Kenneth R. Cervelli - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a consistently excellent recording, with uncanny (even surprising, given their respective temperaments) interplay between Marsh and Baker. The rhythm section is superlative, and in particular I would single out Cecil McBee, whose very precise and forthright playing is exactly what this session needed. The "original" compositions (three of which are by Baker himself) are obviously based on familiar changes (cleverly retitled--"Well Spoken" for "Speak Low," "Looking Good Tonight" for "The Way You Look Tonight," and so on), but they bring out the best in both musicians. Clearly Baker was having a very good day. (Also, while I absolutely love the drummerless stuff from this period, it's nice to hear Baker with a complete rhythm section as it brings out his swinging side.)

There aren't any vocals here (and for the record I will simply say that I love Chet's singing), but in this case I don't mind; it makes for a very organically focused recording (especially in tandem with its--masked--concentration on standards). And the alternate takes (of "Looking Good Tonight" and "We Know It's Love") are definitely worth a listen.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a84c9f0) out of 5 stars Hard to find 7 May 2008
By Andrew B. Noselli - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD contains note-perfect jazz by exceptional players. It is one of the Chet Baker CD that I own that I covet most, partly because it is so difficult to acquire.
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