Chet Baker – The Legendary Riverside Albums (2019) [FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Chet Baker – The Legendary Riverside Albums (2019)
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Few musicians have embodied the romantic, and ultimately tragic, jazz figure as totally as Chesney “Chet” Baker (1929-88). Unschooled yet eloquent in his music, the Baker mystique has only reinforced one of the most haunting trumpet styles and ingenuous approaches to jazz singing. The Legendary Riverside Albums is a collection that features four legendary Chet albums released in the late 50s on Riverside Records, plus a bonus LP with choice outtakes and alternates from Baker’s Riverside sessions.

In 1954, Chet Baker was named trumpeter of the year by the American jazz press. Miles Davis wrote in his autobiography, “I think he knew he didn’t deserve it over Dizzy and a lot of other trumpet players. […] Both him and me knew that he had copied a lot of sh*t from me”. Whatever Miles may have said or written, Chet Baker’s name was certainly on everyone’s lips in the 1950’s. Even when he played alongside some of the best musicians in the business like Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan and Russ Freeman, Baker still held his own. The angel-faced musician based in Los Angeles played a pivotal role in the development of cool/West Coast jazz and in 1958 he signed a four-album contract with Riverside Records, a New York label who was captivated by his music. The complete collection of The Legendary Riverside Albums, released in autumn 2019, is a compilation of essential tracks showcasing a musician far more versatile than he may at first appear, who glamorized California’s cool jazz but was also able to work alongside hard bop heavyweights from the East Coast. In addition to these four re-mastered albums in Hi-Res 24-Bit, he compiled a number of alternative takes from these sessions into a fifth album.

The first of these four albums (Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen to You, released in October 1958, shows his originality as he has a modern take on standards such as How Long Has This Been Going On? and Old Devil Moon. Unlike his business partner Bill Grauer, producer Orrin Keepnews was initially reluctant to welcome Chet Baker to his label and therefore didn’t produce this first album. But as it happens, after hearing Chet’s singing accompanied by Kenny Drew on piano, George Morrow and Sam Jones on double bass and Philly Joe Jones and Dannie Richmond on drums, Keepnews ended up being seriously impressed. Compared with the great singers of the time Chet Baker was just as innovative with his vocals as he was when playing his instrument. He stayed true to himself and his own style – which is a real testament to his character.

One month later he was back in the studio working on Chet Baker in New York, which was released in 1959 featuring Johnny Griffin on saxophone, Al Haig on piano and Paul Chambers on double bass. This album really raised the bar as the musicians take on some exquisite solos in ballads such as Polka Dots and Moonbeams and much more up-tempo hits such as the lively Hotel 49. Perhaps the most impressive of the lot is the album Chet, recorded on December 30 th 1959 and 19 th January 1959, featuring pianist Bill Evans, guitarist Kenny Burrell, flutist Herbie Mann and saxophonist Pepper Adams. You can hear the languor of Chet’s playing more than ever as the music takes on an all-new impressionistic feel and Evans’ wonderful phrases on piano are completely in sync.

From the first few seconds of the opening track of this masterpiece, Alone Together, with its stunning cover (Chet with model Rosemary “Wally” Coover, photographed by Melvin Sokolsky), the sensual and minimalist style give the album a more modern style. Later in July of that same year (1959), he recorded Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner & Loewe to round off his brief episode with Riverside Records. It covers Broadway hits from musicals such as My Fair Lady, Gigi, Brigadoon and Paint Your Wagon by lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe. Chet is once again joined by Bill Evans, Pepper Adams and Herbie Mann here, as well as saxophonist Zoot Sims. His repertoire is just as distinctive as ever as he makes an esthetic sleight of hand when covering these tracks by adding his melancholic phrasing. Great music. – Marc Zisman

Tracklist:

01. Do It The Hard Way (3:01)
02. I’m Old Fashioned (5:05)
03. You’re Driving Me Crazy (2:55)
04. It Could Happen To You (2:51)
05. My Heart Stood Still (3:28)
06. The More I See You (3:05)
07. Everything Happens To Me (5:04)
08. Dancing On The Ceiling (3:08)
09. How Long Has This Been Going On? (4:09)
10. Old Devil Moon (2:57)
11. Fair Weather (6:58)
12. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (7:57)
13. Hotel 49 (9:48)
14. Solar (5:52)
15. Blue Thoughts (7:34)
16. When Lights Are Low (6:49)
17. Alone Together (6:52)
18. How High The Moon (3:36)
19. It Never Entered My Mind (4:40)
20. ‘Tis Autumn (5:18)
21. If You Could See Me Now (5:16)
22. September Song (3:04)
23. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To (4:31)
24. Time On My Hands (4:31)
25. You And The Night And The Music (4:06)
26. I’ve Grown Accustomed To Your Face (4:15)
27. I Could Have Danced All Night (3:43)
28. The Heather On The Hill (5:04)
29. On The Street Where You Live (8:36)
30. Almost Like Being In Love (4:53)
31. Thank Heaven For Little Girls (4:35)
32. I Talk To The Trees (5:51)
33. Show Me (6:30)
34. While My Lady Sleeps (Take 10) (4:22)
35. You Make Me Feel So Young (Take 5) (3:40)
36. The More I See You (Take 8 / Alternate) (2:49)
37. Everything Happens To Me (Take 2 / Alternate) (4:53)
38. Soft Winds (6:28)
39. Early Morning Mood (9:02)

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