Early Chet - Lost Tapes (Remastered) Chet Baker

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Label: 2xHD

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Cool

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  • Richard Rodgers
  • 1It Never Entered My Mind03:22
  • Vernon Duke
  • 2Autumn in New York03:42
  • Gene De Paul
  • 3I'll Remember April02:51
  • Cole Porter
  • 4Everytime We Say Goodbye03:12
  • Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston
  • 5I Should Care02:42
  • Richard Rodgers
  • 6Isn't It Romantic03:07
  • Jimmy Van Heusen
  • 7Polka Dots and Moonbeams03:57
  • Matt Dennis
  • 8Everything Happens To Me04:07
  • Heinz Kiessling
  • 9Baker 5602:14
  • Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Clarence Profit
  • 10Lullaby in Rhythm03:10
  • Jack Montrose
  • 11Bockhanal03:10
  • Total Runtime35:34

Info for Early Chet - Lost Tapes (Remastered)

Die Original-Bänder zu diesen Aufnahmen, die 1955, 1956 und 1959 im Zuge von Chet Bakers Tour-Aufenthalten in Deutschland entstanden, in den Archiven des SWF bzw. SWR aufzutreiben, war wohl, glaubt man den Liner Notes der Platte, die reinste Sisyphos-Arbeit. Aber die hat sich allemal gelohnt: hier kann man Baker in Begleitung einiger deutscher Top-Musiker der Zeit hören, sein Quartett zusammen mit dem Kurt-Edelhagen-Orchester, dem SWF-Orchester unter Rolf-Hans Müller, und auch in einer eleganten und filigranen Duo-Besetzung mit Caterina Valente, die ihren Gesang und Bakers Trompetenspiel auf der Gitarre begleitet. Die Aufnahmen mit dem Kurt-Edelhagen-Orchester haben zudem insofern einen besonderen Stellenwert, als sie zu den letzten Aufnahmen mit dem 1955 in Paris verstorbenen hochtalentierten Pianisten Dick Twardzik gehören. Baker hatte bis zu dieser, seiner ersten, Europatour in Europa vor allem den Ruf eines introvertierten und gefühlvollen Balladen-Spezialisten. Aber die rasant und extravagant boppigen Nummern seines Repertoires, die auch auf dieser Platte enthalten sind, und die besonders mit der starken Edelhagen-Big-Band so richtig aufdrehen, zeigten dem europäischen Publikum schnell, dass Baker mehr war als nur das. Starke und seltene Aufnahmen.

Chet Baker, Trompete
Caterina Valente, Gesang, Gitarre
Dick Twardzik, Klavier
Jimmy Bond, Bass
Peter Littman, Schlagzeug
Tanzorchester des Südwestfunks
Orchester Kurt Edelhagen
Rolf-Hans Müller, Dirigent

Studio Recordings SWF, Baden-Baden: A1-A4 March 26, 1956 A5-A6 March 29, 1956 B2-B5 September 2, 1959; Jazztime Mainz, Kurfürstliches Schloss: September 20, 1955
Engineered by Gerhard Lehner
Remastered by André Perry, René Laflamme for 2xHD
Produced by Joachim-Ernst Berendt

Digitally remastered

Chet Baker Trumpeter and singer Chet Baker encountered jazz when playing with Army bands where he quickly developed his distinctive style. A short stint with Charlie Parker (1952) was followed by a long association with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. The pianoless quartet performed and recorded with great success - immediate fame came to Chet Baker and his cool, subdued style. His lyricism became typically associated with West Coast jazz and found many followers around the world. Baker led his own groups after leaving Mulligan for many years in both the US and Europe. His career became somewhat erratic in the sixties when he lived and worked mostly in Europe.

In the seventies he began his comeback and his very unique talent as a vocalist and instrumentalist soon put him back on the major concert stages. Excellent albums were done during the last ten years of his life which were maybe less perfect than his early West Coast work in the technical sense but showed a depth of feeling and intensity rarely heard. Luckily his last concert was recorded: it is one of the finest of his career (The Last Concert ENJ-6074 22). Chet Baker was very involved with the production of the concert, choose the music well in advance which was arranged for an ensemble consisting of a regular bigband, a symphony orchestra and a jazz quintet. He was very happy that he could finally record and perform under the best of circumstances. That night's version of My Funny Valentine,a song he had performed uncountable times before will stand out for all times as an absolute masterpiece of vocal jazz.

Dec. 23, 1929 (Yale, Oklahoma) - May 13, 1988 (Amsterdam).

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