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.