Thursday, August 18 2011
A defining figure of '50s West Coast jazz meets up with some defining figures of '50s East Coast jazz. And they make an adequate record out of it. No foolin' -- totally adequate!
Wednesday, March 16 2011
This 2010 reissue of Baker's 1958 vocal album adds a few bonus tracks to a relatively minor recording. But as always with Baker, it's about a lot more than just the music at hand.
Thursday, January 29 2009
This previously unreleased session, recorded just two years before Baker's death, provides a poignant glimpse of an icon in his latter days.
Tuesday, July 12 2005
One masterpiece with Gerry Mulligan and one interesting yet not fully realized arrangement with Jim Hall and Paul Desmond. Otherwise, the too exclusively emphasized musical side of Baker at the too low level associated with CTI recordings.
Wednesday, June 22 2005
Chet Baker was a second or even third-tier trumpeter but an often first-class singer. This retrospective offers a view of his entire career, the complex ups and downs of which belie the simplicity of his art.