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5.0 out of 5 stars It'll make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck!
Chet Baker is one of the Jazz worlds most earnest and touching symbols, and this CD is a fantastic collection of his material. The recordings are digitally-beautified without being made glossy or 'produced' sounding. Particular trakcs to look out for are 'My Funny Valentine', 'Find the Silver Lining', 'Lets Get Lost' and The Thrill is Gone'. Chet's voice is smooth, calm,...
Published on 21 Nov 2004 by Mr. S. Mellins

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3.0 out of 5 stars slightly disappointed
Although there are some good tracks on
this album, slightly disappointed that
too many sound like hotel lounge songs.
Easy listening but a little too easy.
Maybe it will grow on me with more plays.
Published 14 months ago by sjj


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5.0 out of 5 stars Not as simple as he sounds, 1 July 2010
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martin jones (Shropshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Let's Get Lost: The Best Of Chet Baker Sings (Audio CD)
When "trad" became popular in the UK in the 1950s a number of clarinet players heard the veteran New Orleans player George Lewis and decided that they would learn and emulate his style. After all, he seemed to have a limited technique and in ensemble sections played similar or identical passages on every chorus. His solos were often not so much improvisations as simple repeats of the theme with a few embellishments. It couldn't be that difficult, could it? In fact Lewis's style was a lot more subtle than was apparent to the casual listener and was not at all easy to imitate.

I feel that Chet Baker's singing style is, in a way, similar to George Lewis's clarinet. It seems so simple and artless and yet it is nothing of the kind. There are a lot of instrumentalists - mainly trumpeters - who sing a bit (Jack Teagarden comes to mind as one of the better ones, and, of course, there is Armstrong, although he is a special case), but you accept them for what they are, ie occasional singers, and you don't expect too much from them. But it is not necessary to make allowances for Chet's singing, which will stand comparison with that of any other jazz singer of his generation.

Chet had a high, light, tenor voice. My son, whose musical tastes are very different from mine, asked if it was a man or woman singing when by chance he first heard him singing, although there is nothing effeminate about Chet's style. He used very little vibrato. His intonation and diction were perfect, which ought to be, but aren't, givens. He was very obviously concerned to extract the full meaning from the lyrics without ever trying to make a song carry more emotional weight than is there. And, fine musician that he was, his phrasing is always impeccable.

His material comes mainly from the 1940s. Despite the dire political situation and the Depression (or perhaps because of them) the songs of the 1930s are, in the main, optimistic in tone. Not all, of course, but probably a fair majority. But those of the 1940s tend to be more reflective, perhaps in response to the zeitgeist: despite a booming economy and full employment was this what the future was going to be like? These less confident songs are perfectly suited to Chet's style.

As for the non-vocal elements Chet plays a bit, but not very much. The other musicians (piano, bass and drums) are fine and play their supporting role very well.

So what about "My Funny Valentine"? Any selection of Chet's music would be incomplete without the song with which he will always be associated and which will always be associated with him. Here it is quite brief: an intro and single chorus, taken quite slowly, and absolutely magnificently. Chet once said he had lost count of the number of times that he had recorded this song but he can't have made many, if any, better versions than this one. This CD is worth its modest price just for this song alone, but the rest are pretty good as well!

Warmly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for vocals..., 24 Jan 2014
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C. FULLER (Brixham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Here are 40 tracks from mainly the middle 1950s and a great way to sample the vocal styling a of Chet Baker at his most effective. Very good value and a new release from November 2013. Cat number CDX7727. This is a good label that issues public domain material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable value!, 2 Feb 2013
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I cant believe that such a brilliant CD could be so cheap. It doesnt matter if you have this up loud or jsut as back ground musak, it is really really good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chet Baker fan, 16 Jan 2013
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If you like Chet Baker or if you want to get to know jazz (with vocals), this is the album for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection, 28 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Let's Get Lost: The Best Of Chet Baker Sings (Audio CD)
Fabulous collection of some of the greatest songs ever written, lovely arrangements and effortlessly cool vocals. Now firmly one of my favourite albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chet Baker - The Best of Chet Baker Sings, 5 Jun 2012
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Pure class. Twenty tracks of genius, including the greatest recording ever of My Funny Valentine. Have played this CD every day since it arrived. Chet's haunting voice has lifted my spirits during the UK's grey and cold non-summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me smile, 28 May 2012
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Mrs. C. Harris "brit_kris" (Carlisle; UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Let's Get Lost: The Best Of Chet Baker Sings (Audio CD)
I love this album. When I listen to it - it just makes me smile.

It's beautifully arranged and balanced. Mellow, melodic an understated jewel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chet Baker - get relaxed !!, 21 Aug 2011
This review is from: Let's Get Lost: The Best Of Chet Baker Sings (Audio CD)
Chet Baker - Lovely CD, had the original record (stolen) but had to get the album again as old age and nostalgia crept in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Chet Baker Sings, 11 Mar 2009
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Marguerite de Woeps (Great Yarmouth, UK.) - See all my reviews
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The Best of Chet Baker Sings

All those lovely songs, simply delivered and with his magic trumpet sound. Real cool jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars chet can break your heart, 2 Aug 2014
This review is from: Let's Get Lost: The Best Of Chet Baker Sings (Audio CD)
Apparently Chet would sing these songs after gigs when the boys in the band were clearing away their gear . Songs from the Great American Songbook first heard , as a child , when following his mother around her Oklahoma kitchen . Each tune is treated with respect as if he is handling a fragile object . He sounds vulnerable and in a very lonely place . One of the great jazz vocal albums .
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