The Very Best of Chet Baker

The Very Best of Chet Baker

by Chet BakerChet Baker


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The 2012 compilation The Very Best of Chet Baker collects tracks the legendary jazz trumpeter recorded for several labels in the '50s and '60s, including Riverside, Fantasy, and Prestige. These are stellar small-group sides in the easygoing West Coast "cool" style that Baker helped popularize. Included here are two of the cuts Baker recorded with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, including his classic 1952 version of "My Funny Valentine." Also featured are cuts from Baker's early work leading his own group on such albums as 1958's It Could Happen to You and Chet, 1959's In Milan, and 1965's Smokin' with the Chet Baker Quintet. As a single-disc summation of Baker's work during his most storied period, The Very Best of Chet Baker works quite well. It is nice that you get some of the mid-'60s tracks recorded in New York during Baker's first career "comeback" from his initial, and well-publicized, struggle with heroin addiction. In that sense, The Very Best of Chet Baker gives you a full picture of Baker's rise to stardom as a lyrical and poetic jazz heartthrob to his eventual transition into a hardened if still uncannily gifted and emotive journeyman artist.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2012
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0888072337572
catalogNumber: 33757

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Baker   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Roy Brooks   Drums
George Coleman   Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Drew   Piano
Bill Evans   Piano
Johnny Griffin   Tenor Saxophone
Haig   Piano
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Sam Jones   Bass
Kirk Lightsey   Piano
Herbie Mann   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Gerry Mulligan   Leader,Baritone Saxophone
Gianni Basso   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Corwin   Piano
Connie Kay   Drums
Clifford Jarvis   Drums
Paul Chambers   Bass
Earl May   Bass
George Morrow   Bass
Zoot Sims   Alto Saxophone
Carson Smith   Bass
Herman Wright   Bass
Renato Sellani   Piano
Franco Serri   Bass
Gene Victory   Drums
Glauco Masetti   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tadd Dameron   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Benny Golson   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Recording Producer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Giulio Libano   Arranger
Carl Sigman   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Doug Ramsey   Liner Notes
John Blackburn   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Roy Friedman   Engineer
William Lewis   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Recording Producer
Bill Grauer   Recording Producer
Paul Hoeffler   Cover Photo

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