As trumpeter, in the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Chet Baker had first played his way into the hearts of fans in 1952 with lyrical ballads and a soothing tone. He gained fame seemingly overnight and in 1954 was voted best trumpeter by readers of the leading US Jazz magazines, – ahead of Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. The gentle poet of the trumpet – that was his image. So it came as something of a surprise for European audiences to hear the Chet Baker they discovered at his live concerts: a trumpeter with a decisive attacca style and lively bobby lines, accompanied by a pianist who combined innovative harmonies with bizarre rhythms and a drummer who propelled the band with a hard, driving beat.
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Nagra-T modified with high end tube playback electronics
Merging Technologies Horus
René Laflamme – Transfer from Analog Master Tape to DSD 256
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Joachim Ernst Berendt
Studio Recordings SWF Baden Baden 1956, 1959
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|Release Date||March 2, 2018|
Early Chet: Chet Baker German Recordings 1955-1959 compiles tracks jazz trumpeter Chet Baker recorded while on tour in the mid- and late ’50s. These tracks were made at the height of Baker’s popularity and showcase him in fine form throughout. Featured here are several (rare for Baker) big-band numbers, as well as two superb duets with Italian vocalist/guitarist Caterina Valente, “I’ll Remember April” and “Everytime We Say Goodbye.
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