Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings

Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings

by Chet BakerChet Baker


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With the growing popularity of Chet Baker's first vocal album, Chet Baker Sings, Pacific Jazz producer Richard Bock wanted to capitalize on both facets of his young star's abilities. Hence, the trumpeter turned vocalist entered the studio in 1955 with both his quartet featuring pianist Russ Freeman and an expanded sextet including bassist Red Mitchell, Bud Shank on flute, and various string players. The resulting album, Chet Baker Sings and Plays, helped set in stone the image of Baker as the jazz world's matinee idol and icon of '50s West Coast cool. His laid-back style -- a mix of '30s crooner and Miles Davis' nonet recordings -- appealed in its immediacy to a jazz public tiring of the hyper, athletic musicality of bebop. Similarly, his plaintive, warm trumpet sound was the more sensitive antidote to such brassy kings as Dizzy Gillespie and Clifford Brown. Others artists had performed many of these standards before, but as with "My Funny Valentine" on Chet Baker Sings, tracks like "Let's Get Lost," "Long Ago and Far Away," and "Just Friends" became definitively associated with Baker for the rest of his career. Chet Baker Sings and Chet Baker Sings and Plays are not only the two most important albums of Baker's career, but are classics of jazz. [The 2004 EMI reissue of Chet Baker Sings and Plays includes an EP version of "Let's Get Lost" not included on the original album.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2004
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724357996723
catalogNumber: 79967
Rank: 60436

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Baker   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Russ Freeman   Piano
Red Mitchell   Bass,Double Bass
Bud Shank   Flute
Corky Hale   Harp
Ray Kramer   Cello
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Bob Neel   Drums
Carson Smith   Bass,Double Bass
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Kurt Reher   Cello

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Richard Bock   Producer,Audio Production
Frank Campo   Arranger,Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
M. Gordon   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Marty Paich   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
John Klenner   Composer
Ferde Grofé   Composer

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