"You'll hear Chet Baker's trumpet as well as his voice on some of these songs; that's hardly startling, but it is startling to discover a voice and a horn of such quality with but a single source. Chet Baker has turned out to be a musician with such a wonderfully nice voice, it is a problem whether to speak of him as a 'trumpet player who also sings' or as a 'singer who also plays trumpet'." ~ Gerald Heard, Liner Notes ~
To me Chet Baker will always be famously known as the "trumpet player who also sings." This CD speaks of him more of a singer for this is the only album he was featured not only as a trumpet player but also as a singer. He superbly interpreted fourteen of the best standards of all-time with his soft and mellow voice and his wonderfully captivating trumpet playing. He was ably supported by Russ Freeman on piano and celeste, James Bond and Carson Smith on bass, Peter Littman, Lawrence Marable and Bob Neel on drums.
This CD will never disappoint the listeners for this is one of his best recordings. Its repertoire includes an impressive collection of great standards penned by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Jim Van Heusen, Johnny Burke, Hoagy Carmichael, Mack Gordon, Harry Warren, Frank Loesser, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and many others. The best tracks for me include such lovely and timeless standard as Les Brown and Sammy Fain's "That Old Feeling."
"There'll be no new romance for me
It's foolish to start
For that old feeling is still in my heart."
You will also be pleased to hear "Like Someone In Love," "But Not For Me," "My Funny Valentine," "Time After Time" and my very highlight - one of my ultimate favorites from the pens of Mack Gordon and Harry Warren - "There Will Never Be Another You."
With my heartfelt recommendation for your listening pleasure now and forever!