Monday, March 4, 2013

Chet Baker Sextet

Having been reissued numerous times over the years under various titles, this Bluebird version of Chet Is Back ! stands out as the definitive packaging of one of Chet Baker's best early-'60s recordings. Besides featuring the original artwork and liner notes - as well as detailed new liner notes from James Gavin, author of Deep in a Dream : The Long Night of Chet Baker - the real impetus to pick this up is the inclusion of four orchestral pop singles Baker recorded with Ennio Morricone around the same time as the album. Never before released in the U.S., these tracks were purportedly composed by the trumpeter/vocalist while serving jail time in Lucca, Italy after obtaining fake drug prescriptions. Interestingly, in an act of what would now be viewed as monumental "enabling," Pino Maffei, the court stenographer at Baker's trial, penned the lyrics. Oozing with a wistful, melodic romanticism, these four lost gems are essential listening for Baker fanatics. Singing -- in Italian no less -- and backed by Morricone's choir, string and horn arrangements that swell like a balmy ocean tide over light ballads and breezy mid-tempo swingers, this is Baker as Federico Fellini might have imagined him. The eight original tracks to the main album are also revelatory in that Baker - usually pegged as a low-register "cool" player - really cuts loose on such bop-oriented workouts as "Pent-up House" and "Well, You Needn't." Backed skillfully by a young cadre of up-and-coming European musicians, including the stellar saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, Baker may have never sounded better, including on the ballads. One listen to "Over the Rainbow" and it's clear this is an overlooked Baker classic.
Matt Collar

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Chet Baker

Chet Is Back !
[Bonus Tracks]


1 Well, You Needn't (Monk) 6:22
2 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Strachey) 4:55
3 Barbados (Parker) 8:26
4 Star Eyes (DePaul, Raye) 6:57
5 Over the Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg) 3:29
6 Pent-Up House (Rollins) 6:51
7 Ballata in Forma Di Blues (Tommasi) 10:03
8 Blues in the Closet (Pettiford) 7:50
9 Chetty's Lullaby (Baker, Maffei) 3:57
10 So Che Ti Perdero (Baker, Maffei) 4:16
11 Motivo Su Raggio Di Luna (Baker, Maffei) 3:53
12 Il Mio Domani (Baker, Maffei) 5:17

[# 1-8]
Chet Baker - tp
Bobby Jaspar - ts & fl
René Thomas - g
Amadeo Tommasi - p
Benoît Quersin - b
Daniel Humair - dr
Recorded at the RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy ; January 5, 1962
[# 9-12]
Chet Baker - tp & voc
Ennio Morricone and His Orchestra
Recorded in Rome, Italy ; 1962


Orbyt said...

Wow, mine only includes the first eight tracks. HUGE thanks Mel for the extras! These eight tracks were also released by BMG as "The Italian Sessions."

Frank said...

René Thomas with Chet. What's not to like! Thanks!

Orbyt said...

Mel, here's a picture of the 45 release of Chetty's Lullaby/So Che Ti Perdero here

Lyrics to Chetty's Lullaby here

Thx again!

Alvinho said...

Thanks, Melanchthon for this release. But what is the password?
Thanks in advance.

kike said...

Thanks Mel for Chet, fantastic choice.
best regards, K.

MrBill said...

This Chet Baker album is new to me. Thanks!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Love this!

klf said...

Hi - Just discovered your blog via jazz blogwatch - thanks! I'm hoping that you could please let me know what the password is for this Chet Baker set . . . Thanks from Pennsylvania.

klf said...

Never mind - got it! Thanks so much.

Kndnsk said...

Thank you for the bonus tracks.

jeronimo said...

This is my all time favorite Baker recording...and with Jaspar!!!


Kovina Kris said...

Thanks for another amazing post Mel!

Henry said...

hi thank you for the upload.

Could I get the password for the file?

Baruch said...

Henry, go to the main page for the pass. PW

Henry said...

ah, thank you very much!

Melanchthon said...

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Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks for Chet, great Mel!

Frasco said...

Great Melanchthon, thanks so much!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Shank Venom said...

Anybody can send Motivo Su Raggio Di Luna track in flac at please. I am unable to fin d its flac format online. I'll be very thankful.