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Wonderfull, hot - Cool Jazz. The distillation of an era in one compact package.,
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This is a fabulous CD set. Incredible value. I have been a Chet Baker fan for a long time, but there are some albums that I have not heard before, and besides 'Chet Baker Sings' 1956, and 'Chet Baker indroduces Johnny Pace' 1958, Chet's inimitable clear, direct expressive style of singing is featured on tracks such as 'Grey December', the title of the 1953 album.
Amongst other songs Chet Baker vocalises on There's a Lull in My Life, and Little Girl Blue, on the 1957 album 'Embraceable You.
Chet baker and Strings of 1954, contains some lush romantic interpretations such as 'I Married an Angel', and some soulfull Trumpet playing on 'You don't know what Love is' and some interesting counterpoint with Saxophonist Zoot Sims.
There are a whole range of Jazz styles featured by the 'Chet Baker Sextet of 1957, from Dixiland, Swing, Cool, and I particularly like the last track ' X 4.31' which plunges into Atonal Modern Jazz.On this abum he is accompanied by Bud Shank on Baritone Sax, Carson Smith on Bass, Bob Ticarico on Bassoon, Seymour Barab on Cello, Russ Freeman on Piano, Bob BrBrookmayer on Trombone, and Gene Allen on Bass Clarinet, and Shelly Mann on Drums.
The 8 albums are very well presented on four CD's, with a textured surface representing a vynil album, with a general title of Real Gone, which is very appropriate.
The albums 'Chet Baker Cools Out' and 'Playboys' showcase more of his plaintive, relaxed, and sometimes amusing artistry with his Trumpet, along with Art Pepper on Alto Saxophone, Larance Marable on drums, some mean piano work from Carl Perkins, Curtis Counce on Bass, and Phil Urso on Tenor Sax.