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on 10 November 2015
Like Chet Baker then this is four stars
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on 30 September 2016
WONDERFUL...JUST WONDERFUL
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on 17 April 2013
A previous reviewer suggested that Chet Baker's singing rivals Sinatra. The comparison is risible; Chet's singing is probably about on a par with Sinatra's trumpet playing.
Back in the early 50s, Baker did his best work with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet on the Vogue lable (incidently, in my view the Quartet was even better when Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, replaced Chet) - he didn't do vocals until later in his career. There were better trumpet players around, although at his best he had a truly romantic soulful sound. The definitive version of 'My Funny Valentine' is a studio recording made around '52/3 with Mulligan, which is very difficult to get hold of today (I had it on a 7inch 45rpm). It is an absolutely beautiful rendering which he never equalled, despite playing it many more times in various settings.
Unfortunately, drug-taking got the better of him and ended his career prematurely. Baker was a fine trumpet player and very much of his time. As for the singing...mm.
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on 10 December 2014
awesome
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on 8 July 2013
not my first choice much prefer his instrumental performances the likes of gerry mulligan is far in line with my interests
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