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Chet in Chicago (The Legacy, Vol. 5)
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Chet in Chicago (The Legacy, Vol. 5)

17 Oct 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Oct 2008
  • Label: ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winckelmann
  • Copyright: 2008 ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winckelmann GmbH
  • Total Length: 54:27
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  • ASIN: B002RXDKC8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,689 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Discovery of a treasure ! 28 Oct 2008
By A. Vermast - Published on Amazon.com
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What a surprise! 20 years after Chet Baker's tragic and mysterious death, ENJA Records issued an unreleased studio recording,cut in May 1986 and which reveals the genious, cool trumpet player at his best.
Out of my more than 100 C.B. recordings this is one of my favourite albums.
Even that Chet Baker did not play with Bradley Young and his buddies before,you can hear how cool and relaxed he felt with these young musicians: his trumpet playing and singing are very subtile and pure.
The repertoire is well chosen indeed: from the classics like 'Old Devil Moon' and 'My funny Valentine' (no 'versatile' tones in this version) to the 2 Miles Davis compositions 'Sippin' at bells' and 'Solar'.
The ENJA engineers produced -like always- a very clear,direct and most pleasant sound.
You can play this album as background music at a dinner with friends as well as enjoying it quietly and alone at home with a glass of bordeaux (and a cigar...?).
Caution : be prepared to tears in your eyes!
The sound of this music is never intrusive and might stimulate any newcomer jazz friend to discover more music from the cool jazz era.
Only negative point : Apparently ENJA decided to include a bonus track on the LP only!? It might be worth though to undust your good old vinyl record player...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Chet in Chicago - Review from 09 March 2009 9 Mar 2009
By CH - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife and I love the album, but there's a sad, bittersweet preface to it because of his drug abuse and death. There's a tiredness in his voice, less spark in his horn-playing, that previews a future demise, which makes us hold onto his previous music more closely, and we love his music, thru thick and thin. 03-09-2009
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
great new Chet from beyond the grave 5 Mar 2009
By rash67 - Published on Amazon.com
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I rumage around, taking a chance, buying these newly released posthumous albums from my Cool Jazz Heroes and most are junk, but surprize surprize this one is really good! How did this one stay in the can for 20+ years???

Chet had a tendency to show up stoned late in his career, too stoned to play. By and large his emotive singing is better early in his career and playing is better, ie, more complex later...He played (early) as he sung, close to the melodic line. Early in his career he was favorably compared to Miles Davis, in that respect, but they both really diverged, right around 1963.

But here his singing is, well, (nearly) on key and his playing is first rate! A lot of feeling. This album stacks up well with his late Tokyo album (similar style). Here his melacholy style is offset by warm instrumentals. Particularly good are "Old Devil Moon", the ballad "Well Be Togther" and the happy "Solar".

If you like Chet, you'll love this album. I'm addin' this one to my Best of Chet List

also well recorded!
Recommended! - one of the most satisfying, best new finds in a otherwise fallow year/decade.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Richard Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have not heard the music on this CD yet, you might be very pleasantly surprised, and wonder why this album has been relatively over-looked when people discuss Chet's music in the last couple years of his life, as I consider this album to be one of the highlights of his career. Argue no more. I own over 100 Chet Baker albums, and I consider this to be among his best albums, as the music that came out of his trumpet is some of the most beautiful music that he ever played, and he played it effortlessly, as this was the first time that he ever played with the Bradley Young Trio. This album shows his genius in being so versatile that he could quickly adapt to any backup musicians. it was the first time that he ever played with the playing with the.in my top 5. It is exceptional and unique in so many ways. Chet shows greater technique on his earlier albums, this album being one of the best examples. This album is so exceptional, and unique in so many ways, that I could not help but write a review to share this music with other people who are great fans of the musician. This album is simply has some of the most beautiful sounding music that he ever played.

WOW! I was blown away when I first heard this album. What a wonderful surprise! This album is exceptional, and it is easily one of my top five favorite Chet Baker Albums.

There are several things that make this album really unique. Chet plays the role of a sideman in ways, as he lets the Bradley Young Trio show off the how well the various members play both individually, and as a group. I can see why Chet liked this group so much. When Chet plays his part, Chet plays a lot more in the higher register than he normally does, and he just nails note after note, and the music coming out of his trumpet is exceptionally creative, rich, and luscious, with an exceptionally beautiful and melodic sound. As well as the Bradley Young Trio plays, Chet just shines. I was really impressed with how well Chet and the Trio played together, and how well Chet was happy to kick back and let the Bradley Young Trio play some great music that sounded both free and loose, but still very tight as a group. Chet fits in just perfectly, adding what sounds like the perfect notes and melodies at the right time. Chet and the Bradley Young Trio sound as if they had played together for some time. It seemed to me that Chet was enjoying and concentrating on the music, enjoying taking a bit of a break from being the featured player, and Chet thinks about playing exceptionally beautiful lyrics, spending much more time in the higher register than he normally does. Chet was obviously very confident, as he is more daring as he explores the higher register, nailing one high note after another. Chet seemed to be enjoying being a bit more laid back, and played whatever the group needed to take them to a higher level, Chet is not only the great star that we know him to be, but he also shows the ability to be a part of a group that he liked very much, and play his part effortlessly, making the group sound greater than the sum of all of the parts, with his exceptionally melodies make every song sound very special.

It made me wonder if playing a bit more laid back allowed Chet to be especially prepared to play that lush beautiful sound, and I do mean, a lush, beautiful sound. Chet seemed to have a great sense of tone during the session, perhaps part of his effort to blend with the group, and not play off the slight and be more prepared to seave his great melodies in the higher register. Gerry Mulligan would be smiling. Chet sounded rested, and played very relaxed as he created the amazing melodies that made the group sound special. Everyone was having a good time, everyone was confident as each member had their enjoyable times. It was enjoyable to hear Chet wanting to edify the group. It was enjoyable to hear Chet palying so comfortably in the higher register. Chet added whatever was needed to make everything sound great, with a great sense of timing, that made the group sound spectacular.

I thoroughly enjoyed the album, and thought that Chet made a great choice is wanting to record with this group. The chemistry between Chet and the Bradley Young was great, and I would have liked to hear them play more albums together. Chet always had a good sense in picking the musicians to play with, but the chemistry here was exceptional, and their different styles of music blended exceptionally well together. One didn't hear quite as much playing from Chet, but what he played was top shelf. I think any Chet fan will appreciate the beautiful sound of his trumpet, more so than any other recording that comes to mind. Again, I wonder if being a bit of a sideman helped Chet achieve a new level of playing. He always seemed to play something that was just about perfect for the music. One has to appreciate Chet's genius in picking exc eptional musician's to play with,and that backed him, but Chet was personally very fond of the Bradley Young Trio. They were not as famous and well known as some others that he has chosen to record with, but I thought that the sound that they created, and the chemistry between them, was exceptional. Chet has never seemed as agreeable to be more of a sideman than in this recording.

There is a lot to like about this album. The beautiful melodies, Chet playing in the higher register with near perfection, Chet being a bit of a sideman in a most exceptional way, with friends, and a style of music that seemed to complement his own.

I can't help but wonder what might have been if Chet had stayed in Chicago with some some of his friends, and taken a break to get himself together, as he seemed more fresh and rested on this album than about any other around this period of his life. Instead, this was Chet's last concert in the United States, and he went back to Europe, and resumed his nomadic lifestyle, around the same temptations. At least Chet left us with a gem of an albumn.

I hope that other people enjoy the music as much as I do.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By James "Count". Dollison - Published on Amazon.com
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Chet Baker is such a great trumpet player and singer ! I am not sure how many times he has recorded MY FUNNY VALENTINE but he always sound great. Given the talent that is on this recording it is a gem in the rough. It's not Chet Baker in Tokoyo or one of his better known recording but if you like Chet Baker you will love this recording !
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