Monday, January 30, 2017

Chet Baker Quartet Feat. Russ Freeman

Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman (1998) is a perfect studio companion to the Mosaic Records set Complete Pacific Jazz Live Recordings of Chet Baker With Russ Freeman (1988). As was the custom for jazz platters of the time, both Baker and Freeman are joined by a different combo on each date. The luminaries include Bobby Whitlock (bass), Joe Mondragon (bass), Bobby White (bass), Larry Bunker (drums) and Shelly Manne (drums) from sessions held circa July and October of 1953. The 25 selections here provide copious evidence of Baker's uncanny artistry as he develops a dark, yet lyrical, interpretive approach. Immediately evident is the thoughtful synergy between Baker and the comparatively understated Freeman, whose comps help link the respective solos. In several notable instances, such as the nonchalant "Isn't It Romantic" or the limber syncopation of "Maid in Mexico," Freeman establishes the melody, rather than simply being relegated to the rhythm section. Additional diverse examples can be heard ranging from a sublime reading of "Imagination" to the upbeat and agile "All the Things You Are" -- which commences in progress. These tunes would seed Baker's back catalog of material, becoming staples during his 30-plus-year repertoire. One facet to Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman that will be of considerable interest to collectors and hardcore enthusiasts are both the 10" EP and the 12" LP takes of "Long Ago and Far Away," "No Ties," "The Thrill Is Gone," "Moon Love" and the 78 rpm and long-player version(s) of "Winter Wonderland."While these renderings have been previously issued, this CD marks the first time that they are presented on a single volume. Among other stellar (if not definitive) inclusions are Freeman's "Russ Job," "Bea's Flat" and the sole Baker vocal on "I Fall in Love Too Easily."
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Chet Baker

Featuring Russ Freeman


1 Isn't It Romantic ? (Hart, Rodgers)  4:46
2 The Lamp Is Low (DeRose, Parish, Ravel, Shefter)  5:40
3 This Time the Dream's on Me (Arlen, Mercer)  4:36
4 Maid in Mexico (Freeman)  5:10
5 Russ Job (Freeman)  5:00
6 Imagination (Burke, VanHeusen)  4:53
7 Long Ago (And Far Away) [10" LP Take] (Gershwin, Kern)  7:11
8 Long Ago (And Far Away) [12" LP Take] (Gershwin, Kern)  4:25
9 Carson City Stage (Smith)  2:35
10 Easy to Love (Porter)  3:08
11 Batter Up (Freeman)  2:15
12 No Ties [10" LP Take] (Freeman)  2:57
13 No Ties [12" LP Take] (Freeman)  2:57
14 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  2:53
15 The Thrill Is Gone [10" LP Take] (Brown, Henderson)  2:44
16 The Thrill Is Gone [12" LP Take] (Brown, Henderson)  2:45
17 Band Aid (Freeman)  2:43
18 Bea's Flat (Freeman)  2:57
19 Moon Love [10" LP Take] (Kern, Grossmith, Wodehouse)  3:15
20 Moon Love [12" LP Take] (Kern, Grossmith, Wodehouse)  3:16
21 Happy Little Sunbeam (Freeman)  2:40
22 Happy Little Sunbeam (Freeman)  2:24
23 I Fall in Love Too Easily (Cahn, Styne)  3:02
24 Winter Wonderland [78 Take] (Bernard, Smith)  3:16
25 Winter Wonderland [LP Take] (Bernard, Smith)  2:26


Chet Baker - tp & voc [# 23]
Russ Freeman - p
Bob Whitlock - b [# 1-4]
Carson Smith - b [# 5-22]
Joe Mondragon - b [# 23-25]
Bobby White - dr [# 1-4]
Larry Bunker - dr [# 5-22]
Shelly Manne - dr [# 23-25]

Recorded in Los Angeles ; July 24 or 27 [# 1-4] ; July 29 or 30 [# 5-11] ; October 3 [# 12-22] ; & October 27 [# 23-25], 1953


Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks for all Melanchthon! hundreds of jazz treasures!!!

pedro gamundi said...


Melanchthon said...

upkerry14 said...

Nice one Mel! Thx!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

OMG! You're great Mel
Thank you

Arewenotmen? said...

Merci beaucoup !

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

deGallo said...

Thank you

musician3 said...

AMAZING..............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

francisco santos said...


Anonymous said...

Thank you very much, this is great!
These 25 tracks appear to be Disc 1 of the 3xCD Mosaic release: The Complete Pacific Jazz Studio Recordings Of The Chet Baker Quartet With Russ Freeman.

Maybe, if we are lucky enoughm the Discs 2 & 3 might get a post as well. Really do not want to trouble you (Mel) with such requests as already there's so much brought here. Thank you !

john a

Billy Batts said...

Greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Axel.T. said...

Chet and Russ, what a great combination! Thanks for this classic.

bventure said...

Great stuff, many thanks as ever Mel

Kovina Kris said...

This looks great. Thank you!

Jehan said...

Merci Beaucoup ! Excellent Job !

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!