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on 21 November 2004
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, innocent, wise, supremely joyful and heart-breakingly sad all at the same time; One of my favourite voices of all time, and his trumpet playing is wonderfully complimentary to his voice, displaying the same smoothness and ease. This is music that does far more than just relax you - it will move you and touch you deeply. If you are new to Chet then this makes an ideal introduction. If like me you are a long-term fan this is a tip-top collection that is for the most part well selected - however the omission of 'Deep in A Dream' is regretable!
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I needed to replace some old cassettes of Chet Baker and thought that i would start with a songs collection. This CD is great value and covers most of his vocal work when, i believe, he was at his peak around the mid. fifties before his demons destroyed him. Not gifted with the strongest voice, he used what he had to best effect with an angst laden, soft, almost whispering style. To some My Funny Valentine is his best , to others it is The Thrill Is Gone, but for me it has to be Hoagy Carmichael's I Get Along Without You Very Well. He makes this epitaph to lost love so engagingly melancholy without being maudlin and if anyone's voice was created for this standard then it must be his.
Most of the writers of the American song book are included: Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Sammy Cahn, Frank Loesser etc. etc. so you know that he works with the best of material and oh boy does he do it well.
This guy was cool before cool was invented. I bought this for his vocals, but don't forget that his main talent, was of course, as a jazz horn player and you get plenty of examples of his artistry on this album. What a sound! If God played trumpet, it would sound like Chet!
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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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on 20 September 2017
Great Artist, what more can one say.
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on 6 April 2017
just as described
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on 12 July 2017
Best Music ever relaxing. Friend loved his birthday present.
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on 21 April 2017
Excellent and prompt delivery
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VINE VOICEon 11 March 2006
Great album from a great trumpeter and sweet singer. He always reminds me of Mel Torme. The songs which have been chosen for this cd could not be better. Well worth listening to and will leave you wanting more
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on 28 July 2016
Average
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on 2 February 2010
Jazz has many awesome female singers but when you think about it the number of really great male jazz singers is small, or even non-existent, unless you count the jazz influenced popular singers like Sinatra. I don't really want to ignite a pointless debate about what constitutes a jazz singer though(yawn!). Merely to comment that, although he was primarily a trumpeter who may have lacked power vocally, in terms of timing, phrasing and communication Chet Baker was a superb singer and this is a very fine collection. If you like Chet's singing this is the one to buy since it finds him at his vocal peak.
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