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Sunday Jazz – Chet Baker

“By and large, jazz has always been
        like the kind of a man you wouldn’t
        want your daughter to associate
        with”
        ~ Duke Ellington

 

“Time After Time” – Chet Baker

 

To much of the pop (as opposed to the jazz) audience, Chet Baker was known not as an able cool jazz trumpeter, but as a romantic balladeer. The two classifications were not mutually exclusive; Baker’s vocal numbers would also feature his trumpet playing, as well as fine instrumental support from West Coast cool jazzers. For those who prefer the vocal side of the Baker canon, this is an excellent compilation of his best vintage material in that mode. The 20 tracks draw from sessions covering the era when he was generally conceded to be at his vocal peak (1953-1956), and are dominated by standards from the likes of Rodgers & Hart, Carmichael, Gershwin, and Kern. Baker’s singing was white and naïve in the best senses, with a quavering, uncertain earnestness that embodied a certain (safe) strain of mid-’50s bohemianism. That’s the Baker heard on this collection, which contains some his most famous interpretations, including “My Funny Valentine,” “Time After Time,” “There Will Never Be Another You,” and “Let’s Get Lost.”

Review Source:- www.allmusic.com

 

To buy the music of Chet Baker click HERE

April 3, 2011 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, Old Music | | Leave a comment

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Sunday Jazz Special

Jingle Bells” – Duke Ellington

“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” – Dave Brubeck Quartet

“O Come All Ye Faithful” – Chet Baker

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Jazz, Old Music | , , , | Leave a comment

Tortured Souls

The Beatles have been my soundtrack for the daylight hours, however as darkness engulfs us and midnight passes the tortured soul has to to be soothed and to this end there is no better than Chet Baker

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Chet Baker was somewhat unique in the world of jazz as he was renowned both as a vocalist and as a trumpet player.

Here he is in his vocalist role with a sublime version of “You’re Driving Me Crazy” from the 1950’s album “It Could Happen  To You”

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“You’re Driving Me Crazy” – Chet Baker

Here he is with just his trumpet for solace with “You’d Be Nice To Come Home To’ from his 1959 album “Chet”

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“You’d Be Nice To Come Home To” – Chet Baker

As I am sure most of you are aware Baker was cursed with the side effect of many a talented genius and paid the ultimate penalty via an early death on May 13th 1988.

Although he recorded an album of Christmas songs, “Silent Nights” in 1987 his last real contribution to the world of popular music was recorded at the behest of Elvis Costello who asked him to contribute the soulful trumpet solo on Costello’s own version of “Shipbuilding” recorded in 1986.

“Shipbuilding ” – Elvis Costello

The song with lyrics by Costello and a melody by producer Clive Langer was of course originally recorded by Robert Wyatt in 1983, Langer having written the melody to reflect Wyatt’s own interpretation of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”

Before his death Baker repaid the Costello favour by recording Elvis’s “Almost Blue”

Goodnight……………and sleep tight.

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Jazz, Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Jazz – Chet Baker

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A couple of more tracks this week from the greatness that was Chet Baker

The two tracks are taken from a compilation album titled “Summertime”

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“I Remember You” – Chet Baker

Was it in Tahiti
Were we on the Nile
long, long ago
say, an hour or so
I recall that I saw your smile…

I Remember You
You’re the one who made
my dreams come true
A few kisses ago

I remember you
You’re the one who said
I love you too
Didn’t you know

And I remember too a distant bell
And stars that fell
Like rain out of the blue

When my life is through
And the angels ask me to recall
The thrill of them all

Then I shall tell them
I Remember You !

(Trumpet Solo)

(Piano Solo)

I remember too a distant bell
And stars that fell like rain
Out of the blue

When my life is through
And the angels ask me to recall
The thrill of them all

Then I shall tell them
I remember you!

If they should ask
I’ll gladly tell them
I remember you!

“There Will Never Be Another You” – Chet Baker

There will be many other nights like this
And I’ll be standing here with someone new
There will be other songs to sing
Another fall, another spring
But there will never be another you

There will be other lips that I may kiss
But they won’t thrill me like yours used to do
Yes, I may dream a million dreams
But how can they come true
If there will never ever be another you

To buy the music of Chet Baker click HERE

June 7, 2009 Posted by | Jazz, Jazz Vocal, Video | | Leave a comment

Sunday Jazz – Summertime

 

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Summer arrived this weekend and as such there could only be one choice for Sunday Jazz…… “Summertime”

“Summertime” – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush little baby, Don’t you cry

One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky
But ’til that morning, there ain’t nothin’ can harm you
With Daddy and Mammy standin’ by

One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky
But ’til that morning, there ain’t nothin can harm you
With Daddy and Mammy standin’ by

As a bonus here is an instrumental version by Chet Baker

“Summertime” – Chet Baker

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May 31, 2009 Posted by | Jazz, Jazz Vocal, Old Music | , | 1 Comment

Christmas Jazz For A Sunday

Here are some laid back jazz to wrap your presents to.

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“O Come All Ye Faithfull” – Chet Baker (MP3)

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“Jingle Bells” – Duke Ellington (MP3)

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“Christmas Night In Harlem” – Louis Armstrong (MP3)

December 21, 2008 Posted by | Christmas | , , | Leave a comment

   

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