Chet Baker - Chet (2021 Remaster)
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Chet is Chet Baker's classic 1959 Riverside album that features jazz heavyweights Pepper Adams, Bill Evans, and Kenny Burrell. Adams' baritone sax solo on "Alone Together" is one of the album's high points, while the others make their presence known on several cuts.
Though Baker was by the late 1950s known as much for his singing as his trumpet playing, this album is entirely instrumental. It contains 9 standard ballads played in the styles of Hard Bop to Cool Jazz. The album is entirely devoted to explorations of the ballad mood, it includes considerable variety.
Few musicians have embodied the romantic, and ultimately tragic, jazz figure as totally as Chesney "Chet" Baker. 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.
Heavyweight audiophile vinyl produced by Craft Recordings in 2021. This edition was cut from original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Pressed at RTI.