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Chet Baker's trumpet and vocal approach was immediately recognizable and striking, especially in his prime. He was known for his clear tone, reflective and subdued style, soft volume and careful, restrained approach in his choices of notes for melodic sequences. He played in an army of bands before working briefly with Charlie Parker in 1952. he then began a prominent association with ... Read more in Amazon's Chet Baker Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Criss Cross Jazz
  • ASIN: B000027LIV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By leeroy roselover on 2 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is the best of several recordings currently available (off the top of my head the others are: Crystal Bells, Strollin', Live in Bologna, and Disc two of The Sesjun Radio Shows) by what is, for my money, the best regular band Baker led in any period of his career. Emotional, intelligent and technically accomplished music. Surely one of the best jazz albums of the 80's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Fry on 28 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is about the best of Chet Baker's late recordings. The tracks are mainly standards and he works well with this trio format - without piano or drums. I'm not a big fan of Chet's singing but it is surprisingly good when he sings on 2 tracks on this cd. His trumpet playing is about as good as it gets and the support, especially from Philip Catherine on guitar, is first class.
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By Barbara Bodkin on 15 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just loved this so much. I am a great fan of Chet's and am always moved by his singing. He gives so much of himself to whatever he sings. What a talent.
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Absolute Chet 14 Jun. 2004
By Jazzcat - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is essential if you love great music. If you love Jazz and Chet baker in particular you simply have to own it. It is a marvel. Chet, Philip Catherine and Rassinfosse were a tremendous unit. They swung like crazy without a drummer, but they were also able to play tender and impressionist Jazz music. Simply they played each tune with the right attitude in the best way. When Chet was on he was unreachable. The Charlie Parker's statement reported by Miles "you two (Dizzie and Miles) you better watch out because in California there's a guy who can knock you out" was absolutly true. When Chet was on, not too much destroyed by the heroin, he was incredible, almost unreachable. On this album he was on. Absolutly. Absolute Chet.
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Better to Burn Out.....HARDLY !! CHET IS SMOKIN" !!!!!! 9 Oct. 2011
By David Moore - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Penquin guide misses a lot whem it comes to their job but they sure are right about some of these later day Chet Baker recordings.Along with Diane and Peace it is just hard to find jazz music so supremely right - this is all music recorded in the 80's - when Chet was supposed to be in decline -what gross misinformation! - he simply never sounded better. I like his youthful material as much as anyone Chet Baker Sings & Plays Sings belong in all our libraries but the man got deeper and more soulful all the time - even as far aback as Chet: Keepnews Collection Baker was making the kind of small thematic masterpieces he simply doesn't get credit for in the jazz press. Please play these records for your friends wanting to move a little past "Kind of Blue" and watch their relief that there is more quality user friendly jazz out there than meets the eye.Good Jazz is supposed to sound right - not be a struggle. Why do jazz aficionados hide beautiful record like this from the public and wonder why why jazz is not more popular? To the casual listener if you enjoy any of this head on over to ART PEPPER Art of the Ballad Series to hear one of Chet's true peers.
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Another must have "Kind of Blue" Album 31 May 2010
By Portland Mike - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most amazing jazz recordings I've ever heard. It is hard to get, and expensive, but the musicians, performance, and recording are about as good as it gets. I enjoy good recordings, and sometime it is frustrating to hear great music of older "great ones" but a poor reproduction. This is a top notch recording technically/sonicly, but its top notch in all aspects IMO. Don't get me wrong, it is not just to show off your system, but to get lost in the performance. It makes fine background too, not really busy, more smooth jazz.
Chet Baker is new to me. I've liked much of Miles Davis, but this album of Chet's is top notch and perhaps even on par with kind of blue. Don't care much for his singing, but it does grow on you and there are only a couple songs on the album that he sings on. This is a trio album. Trumpet, Guitar, and Bass. All three musicians put on a truly amazing performance. They are very tight. I'd put this in the must have category for jazz and or trumpet lovers.
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A hidden gem 9 Feb. 2014
By Mike Tarrani - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have to confess that I only recently stumbled across this album and was shocked that I had never heard of it. First, the music is filled with energy and Baker is in top form. This accompanying members play as though they are truly inspired and I have no reason to doubt that they were.

To me the biggest delight (aside from Baker, of course) is Philip Catherine on guitar. He has his own sound, but his style reminds me a lot of Herb Ellis. The bassists on this album are also excellent. Jean-Louis Rassinfosse has the first seven tracks and Hein van de Geijn takes over on the last three. The transition is seamless.

According to many who know a lot more about Baker's final years, when he was on, he was on fire. This is one of those albums when he managed to eclipse even the young Chet Baker. I guess that is what blows me away about this album.

Sadly there are no sound samples on this page, but a diligent search of the web will yield a few clips of entire songs. You need only to listen to a single one - any of them - to pull the trigger here and grab this album. You will be treated to 01:03:52 of simply incredible music.

There is also no track list on this page at the time of this review. I will append one in a comment below. This album was recorded for the Dutch Label Criss Cross in near The Hague in Monster, Holland on June 6 and 25, 1985. The second session was mere days after the same trio recorded their live performance at the Seventh Jazz Festival in Germany on June 21, 1985. That was released as the album titled Chet Baker Trio: Strollin' and is another that I highly recommend.
Chet's Choice & Should Be Your's Too! 3 Feb. 2013
By Daniel Rosenthal MD - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Don't be discouraged by the moribund appearance of the artist on the CD cover. Signs of life are everywhere to be found on this recording. Among all of the recorded output of Chet Baker, and there is quite alot of it, this is without doubt one of the highlights, and among his finest efforts from the 1980's. He is in fine form here performing a group of well chosen standards with a guitar-bass duo. This drumless trio arrangement fits his delivery very well, and along with the superb guitar work of Philip Catherine, makes for a most enjoyable listen. The sound quality is also quite acceptable on this Criss Cross release. Highly recommended.
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