Monday, July 13, 2015

Chet Baker Ensemble

Chet Baker Ensemble collects all the tracks recorded by trumpeter Chet Baker and his group on a session for Pacific Jazz in late December of 1953. Having been released piecemeal on various albums over the years, this represents the first complete gathering of this material. Recorded less than two months before the legendary Chet Baker Sings sessions, these tracks showcase the young Baker as a hardcore jazz trumpeter before the public became overwhelmingly infatuated with his unique vocal abilities. Featuring first-rate "West Coast"-style arrangements by tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose — who also composed many of the songs — the septet seems to combine the jocular interplay of Baker's work with saxophonist Gerry Mulligan with the hip, swinging work popularized by the large ensembles of trumpeter Shorty Rogers. Besides Montrose, backing Baker here are saxophonists Herb Geller and Bob Gordon, bassist Joe Mondragon, drummer Shelly Manne, and pianist Russ Freeman. Rating alongside the best of Baker's catalog, Chet Baker Ensemble is a must-hear for both longtime fans and neophytes of the iconic trumpeter/vocalist's work.
Matt Collar

Source :

Chet Baker
The Chet Baker Ensemble


1 Bockhanal (Montrose)  3:00
2 Ergo (Montrose)  3:11
3 Moonlight Becomes You (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:27
4 Headline (Montose)  3:11
5 A Dandy Line (Montose)  2:51
6 Little Old Lady (Adams, Carmichael)  2:50
7 Goodbye (Jenkins)  3:50
8 Pro Defunctus (Montrose)  3:27
9 Bockhanal [alt. take] (Montrose)  2:35
10 Moonlight Becomes You [alt. take] (Burke, VanHeusen)  2:55
11 A Dandy Line [alt. take] (Montose)  2:51
12 Little Old Lady [alt. take] (Adams, Carmichael)  2:01
13 Goodbye [alt. take] (Jenkins)  3:41


Chet Baker - tp
Jack Montrose - ts
Herb Geller - as & ts
Bob Gordon - bs
Russ Freeman - p
Joe Mondragon - b
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California ; December 14 [# 1, 2, 4, 5, 9 & 11] & 22, 1953 [other selections]


Orbyt said...

Une merveille. Merci Mel.

Thomas said...

Thanks, and welcome back.

jazzjose said...

Gracias por la vuelta

marcusr said...

Wow! So glad to see You again!
Nhank you very very much!

theblueamos said...

Hello mel Im so glad to see you again.but just in order to prevent futur heart attacks is it possible to receive an invitation? and how does one go about getting one? thanks in advanse

kike said...

glad to see you again, Mel. your blog rules. so thank you and welcome back!
best, K.

cvllos said...

Big hugs on your return!

blabberblabber said...

Delighted for your return! I sure miss you when you're gone!

reindeer man said...

Great to see you back. The internet always seems a bit smaller when you're off the map. And love the Chet! Thanks.

Axel.T. said...

Great to have you back with such great jazz! I hope everything is well with you and you are in good health. The Jazzman is finally starting to recover from his illness.
Please keep this wonderful site open or at least let us know how to keep in touch with you.
Best Regards,

palomeky said...

Ha sido una gran alegria tu regreso.

neil said...

Many thanks, mel, for the chance to upgrade from my mp3s...

cvllos said...

Melanchthon, I have argued so many times with a friend of mine about this recording:
Would these musicians rehearsed many times to do these perfect ensembles or no?
Their talents and knowledge of the themes and music are enough?
Anyway they left us a remarcable recording.
Thank you for recover it!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

fcapeau said...

Many thanks, Mel for these historical recordings.

Melanchthon said...

John Pickworth said...

Many Thanks !

jazzyjohnny said...

Thanks a lot, sir.

deGallo said...

Great post! Thank you.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Mike said...

More great stuff! Thanks.

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