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In Paris: Barclay Sessions 1955-56

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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records inc
  • ASIN: 5555317069
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent compilation of 50s cool. 24 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was put on to this record by Hans Peters, a Detroit audiophile who recommended it highly. I was not misled. This CD exemplifies the cool West Coast scene but in a European context. There are shades of Curthis Counce's trumpet player Jack Sheldon as the tracks bring back those memories of the Barclay Sessions. One of the best periods of Baker's recording career, highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chet Baker at his Peak 28 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Recorded in the mid 1950s in Paris this shows Chet at his best. This single cd apparently compiles tracks from 4 discs covering these sessions. It's mainly quartets with piano, bass and drums support and I think he's at his best with these small groups. His trumpet playing was really on top form at this period and although his voice is as good as it ever was I'm not a fan of his singing and I'm glad he doesn't sing much on this recording!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 24 Oct 2013
By Ben
Format:Audio CD
This is music which exudes 'cool', definitely up there with Chet's best. Every note played is the right note- his improvisation is flawless on this record. Always one of the few players to value melody over intricacy and this is made magical by the tone in these sessions- classic Chet. So smooth but with so much feeling, nobody quite like him.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BREATHTAKING MUSIC 14 April 2001
By MOVIE MAVEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an astounding recording!
With sound remastered as if it were recorded in the year 2001 instead of in 1956, Chet Baker and various other stellar performers made supremely beautiful music for the Barclay label. The fourteen songs collected on this CD are the best of the best. Written by the likes of the Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart, Dietz & Schwartz and others, this is a gorgeous recording--- very accessible, breathtakingly beautiful music, late night-sounding, sexy stuff with Chet Baker and his pals: jazz performers nonpareil. (including genius-pianist Dick Twardzik who died tragically after the first two recording sessions).
Baker's trumpet playing is nothing less than perfect and his one vocal on the final number, "Everything Happens To Me" is sweet and sad.
The packaging is beautiful: the liner notes are short, but informative and there are several terrific, sepia toned photographs from the Paris sessions and concerts. Highly Recommended.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baker at his best! 6 Oct 2002
By Kirk Alex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Got this CD about a week ago and have not been able to stop playing it since. Just a terrific album. "Cool Jazz." Here it is. I like the fact he keeps it mellow and unhurried, unlike some musicians, who think they have to keep hitting the high note in order to prove something--but then Chet Baker was known for his understated, smooth style. I love the music here. A real winner.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50s West Coast hits Paris, France 24 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was put on to this record by Hans Peters, a Detroit audiophile who recommended it highly. I was not misled. This CD exemplifies the cool West Coast scene but in a European context. There are shades of Curthis Counce's trumpet player Jack Sheldon as the tracks bring back those memories of the Barclay Sessions. One of the best periods of Baker's recording career, highly recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good sample of Chet in Paris, ballads and bebop 12 Jun 2000
By rash67 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a "best of" culled from Chet Baker in Paris, a 4 CD set of which the only remaining CD in print is Vol. 2, "Everything Happens to Me".

Mood changes a lot or seems to. The first CD in the series, Chet was with arguably his best pianist, Dick Twardzik (sp?), and the tunes are upbeat originals. Then Twardzik died. This seems to have affected Chet, tunes from Vol. 2 "Everything Happens" are mostly the deeply melancholy, sad ballads and standards Chet is famous for.

This CD is a good panorama of Chet's best period, after leaving Gerry Mulligan, before his personal problems overtook him. Improved remastering on the recordings.

Alternately warm and romantic, sad, and cheerful.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the pinnacle of early Chet 19 Jun 2000
By rash67 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Chet Baker recorded enough stuff to fill 4 CD's in his Barclay sessions. This was among his best work with a lack of vocals. Chet's trumpet playing was much improved (and his teeth were still intact).
This CD is a "best-of" culled from those sessions. There is a BIG difference in mood in the CD, The upbeat songs are peppy but the ballads are quite sad even for Chet. After the recording of the first CD's worth of stuff, his piano player Dick Twardzik, one of the best who ever accompanied Chet, died. And this seemed to deepen the melancholy of the ballads (see Alone Together, or Tenderly).
But all of this is well worth having. This (or, prehaps, his work with Gerry Mulligan) is Chet at the pinnacle of his early career, before his bad habits over took him.
The sound is an improvement over the originals.
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