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Embraceable You [CD]

Chet Baker Audio CD
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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 (3 July 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000005GZ5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,138 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. They All Laughed 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. While My Lady Sleeps 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. How Long Has This Been Going On 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Come Rain Or Come Shine 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. On Green Dolphin Street 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not what you say, it's what you don't say. 27 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There is a purpose for space, it allows us to view what is not otherwise apparent and when the musical equivalent of reading between the lines is applyed to this recording one is offered a multitude of reflections. Chet Baker was well known for being sparing with muscal statements, but on this collection of recordings he goes one step further, almost implying more than what is actually said. Like a good book, it sets the scene perfectly but allows enough room for the listener (or reader) to enjoy a little creativity of their own. David Wheat builds hauntingly subtle chordal webs upon Ross Savakus' delicate bass framework, allowing Chet to take each tune breath takingly close to colapsing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius 28 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
I came very late to Chet Baker. i had never even heard of him until late 2008 after seeing his name crop up a bit one various itunes celebrity playlists and giving him a listen. The was the second album I brought, after 'The Best of Chet Baker Sings.' A very beautiful, tender, soft, androgynous voice, perfect for late night unwinding. I quickly bought up everything going, as I do. Check out the book 'Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker' by James Gavin, a great read and the Bruce Weber DVD 'Let's Get Lost.'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique album 29 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is very Romantic music but you don't have to be in a romantic mood to enjoy it. Whether it's his voice or trumpet Chet seems to hit just the right spot in your psyche to help you unwind. Restful, relaxing it is, but also very skilfully executed relying on minimal instrumentation to achieve its effect.

On seven of the tracks Chet sings accompanied only by acoustic guitar and bass, On five he plays trumpet only with the same accompaniement and on only one does he actually both sing and play trumpet.

All in all a unique album but difficult to categorise: is it pop? jazz? easy listening? or simply just amazingly good music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The grit in the oyster results in a pearl 30 April 2013
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Whilst I agree with all the other reviewers in unanimously giving this five stars, I'd like to chip in with my own take on this wonderful album. First of all, I was introduced to Baker via Bruce Weber's beautiful movie Let's Get Lost. That film leans heavily on Baker as vocalist. Since then, having thus far accumulated around 30 of his albums (and there are many, many more; Baker was very prolific!), I soon realised that, in Baker's own mind at least, he was primarily a trumpet player.

This gorgeous little album, a trio recording with guitarist David Wheat and bassist Ross Savakus, is largely vocal. I write about music a little professionally, and I'm familiar with such guitar and bass sidekicks in Baker's repertoire as Carson Smith, Jimmy Bond and Joe Mondragon (all bassists), minor but familiar names in the jazz pantheon, and of course such luminaries as guitarists Joe Pass and Barney Kessel. But Wheat and Savakus were new to me. It turns out David 'Buck' Wheat was a very interesting character, primarily a bass player (with the Kingston Trio, for example), who also made and sold novelty percussion instruments known as 'boo-bams' - drums made from large-width bamboo! - which can occasionally be heard on recordings by Baker and other artists. Ross Savakus is probably actually the Ross/Russ Savakus who is (marginally) better known as bassist on some folk-rock of the late sixties and early seventies, including some music by such household names as Dylan, Van Morrison, and Don McLean.

The guitar playing of bespectacled and balding beatnik hep-cat guitarist Wheat is a real revelation, for me at least, weaving delicate gossamer webs, both melodic and chordal, that bind the whole ensemble together.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embraceable Baker 26 May 2000
By mackjay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This collection, along with "Chet Baker Sings" creates the feeling of inevitability: the first time it is heard, the listener tends to say "Why didn't I know about this before?" There is something so intimate, so stylized, yet so real about the way Baker sings. Perhaps it's a fortuitous combination of the kind of voice (not a GREAT instrument), the material itself, and the way he approaches it. To get a sense of this concept, consider "Little Girl Blue". Baker comes from inside the emotional world of the lyric, as though he has lived it himself, while the incredibly beautiful melody seems to speak a new language of its own. This collection is important for fans of the vocal-only Baker, since it will expose them to his trumpet playing. The singer derived his singing style from that of the instrument: they are two sides of this marvelous musician, and give a complete picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Long Delayed 12 Mar 2002
By William B. Loughborough - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Dick Bock recorded this and it stayed on a shelf for 40 years! It is the only significant recording of David Wheat whose guitar forms a lusher background than any orchestra ever did for the remarkable intimacy Chet conveys with voice and horn. I was very close to both men so might not be fully objective, but this is a truly incredible/hypnotic/addictive work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars -across the sea of time 27 May 2000
By Barbara Seaman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My nephew, Henry, aged 13, gave me EMBRACEABLE YOU for my 64th birthday, assuming that since Chet and I were kinda the same generation I would be tickled to get these previously unreleased numbers. Henry didn't realize that I had no Baker in my music library. I'd vaguely enjoyed him in the 1950s but hadn't collected him. I was stunned and ecstatic and tremendously grateful to Henry. The world must be catching up with Chet because (Henry is a musician) many of the very young afficianados have discovered him big time. My only complaint is that the disc is fragile and already marred- I wish this were available on tape also. Does anyone know if it might be?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chet's best! 1 Jan 2004
By Keith D Calmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For my taste, this is the best recording of the great Chet Baker. It certainly must rank as one of the finest recordings of this very prolific artist for any Chet fan. The recording maximizes his numerous strengths, which culminate in his ability to create a sense of subtle poetry in music. He does this here primarily as vocalist with the backing of (only) an excellent nylon-string (classical) guitarist and double-bassist. This setting lets Baker shine in his subtle rhythmic and melodic nuances. Baker is widely known for his "laid-back cool," and he is more laid-back and cool here than anywhere else. I've even used the recording to lull children to sleep (what a hip way to go)! The fact that this recording was unreleased for many decades speaks volumes about the music business. With this recording, as the jazzers have long said about Bird and Jaco, "Chet lives!"
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm late to the party 12 July 2009
By moviegoer - Published on Amazon.com
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Did I know of Chet Baker? Sure. Had I heard him sing? Well, yes, here and there, in snippets, as in the
film "The Talented Mr. Ripley," but somehow I didn't hear enough of him, or I am just not smart enough to
find the gold among the dross. So. I was listening to Nina Simone's great version of "I Get Along Without You
Very Well" on youtube, and there was Baker's version, offered as a suggestion. I listened, then listened to
two or three more songs, and I was hooked. I bought "Chet Baker Sings," and then after a week or two, I
bought two more Baker CD's, including this one, which I believe is my favorite. Baker's smooth, sweet voice,
not a huge one, invests each song he sings with--what--honesty? Truth? Whatever word one uses, it
comes down to talent. He's my first musical crush in years, and I am so happy to be here, even if I am
late to the party.

Oh, and as a P.S., I am dazzled by the guitarist David Wheat, and how he and the bassist support Baker
so beautifully with only two instruments, primarily a nylon-stringed, acoustic guitar. I hope Baker
kissed Wheat's hands after these sessions were finished, because the guitarist is fantastic.
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