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Chet Baker & Stan Getz - West Coast Live (1997) 2CDs

Posted By: Designol
Chet Baker & Stan Getz - West Coast Live (1997) 2CDs

Chet Baker & Stan Getz - West Coast Live (1997) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 727 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 312 Mb | Scans included
Label: Pacific Jazz | # 7243 8 35634 2 5 | Time: 02:04:54
Cool, West Coast Jazz, Mainstream Jazz

One of the most infamously acrimonious musical unions transpired between two of the leading purveyors of West Coast cool jazz: Chet Baker (trumpet) and Stan Getz (tenor sax). Their paths crossed only a handful of times and West Coast Live captures two of their earliest encounters in Los Angeles at the Haig on June 12, 1953, and the Tiffany Club on August 17, 1953. These recordings have been issued in Europe and Japan ad infinitum in varying degrees of quality, completeness, and often sporting erroneous data. However, enthusiasts should note that West Coast Live is the only release derived from producer/engineer Dick Bock's own master reels. For two men who purportedly would rather not be in the same room at the same time, Baker and Getz are able to create some legitimately brilliant improvisation. For the Haig set, Getz had been brought in to co-lead a quartet with Baker for an incarcerated Gerry Mulligan.

Chet Baker - Cool Cat (1989)

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Chet Baker - Cool Cat (1989)

Chet Baker - Cool Cat (1989)
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 263 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 154 Mb
Full Scans | 00:43:05 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz | Timeless Records #CDSJP 262

A pleasant set, distinguished for decent versions of Harold Danko's "Swift Shifting," Jon Burr's "Caravelle," and the Rodgers and Hart tune "Blue Moon," the trumpeter plays with a competent quartet that spurs him on. Although clearly weary, Baker's trumpet has some fire left, while his vocal articulation is below par. Still, the "feel" is always there, and even Baker on a less-than-perfect day is filled with joys. He solos on trumpet at length, at least as minimalist in style as ever. At this stage in his career, he remained capable of spine-tingling versions of "Round Midnight," with the trumpeter's laid-back breathy approach laying down perfectly placed notes.

Wolfgang Lackerschmid & Chet Baker - Quintet Sessions 1979 (2020)

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Wolfgang Lackerschmid & Chet Baker - Quintet Sessions 1979 (2020)

Wolfgang Lackerschmid & Chet Baker - Quintet Sessions 1979 (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 270 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 103 Mb | 00:44:51
Mainstream Jazz, Cool, Post-Bop | Label: Dot Time Records

‘Quintet Sessions 1979’ is the follow-up to Dot Time’s critically acclaimed re-release of Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker’s Ballads For Two. A continuation of Lackerschmid’s great adventure with one of the greatest trumpet players in the history of the art form, the album features the spirited duo of iconic trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker and vibraphonist Wolfgang Lackerschmid alongside a stellar rhythm section made up of jazz luminaries Larry Coryell (guitar), Buster Williams (bass) and Tony Williams (drums).

Wolfgang Lackerschmid & Chet Baker - Ballads for Two (1979/2018)

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Wolfgang Lackerschmid & Chet Baker - Ballads for Two (1979/2018)

Wolfgang Lackerschmid & Chet Baker - Ballads for Two (1979/2018)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 181 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 109 Mb | 00:47:31
Cool Jazz, Chamber Jazz | Label: Dot Time Records

Originally released on vinyl in 1979, Ballads For Two finds both musicians at the top of their game. Recorded on the 8th and 9th January 1979 in Stuttgart, Germany, this original vinyl release was not widely distributed. Now available for the first time on CD, the combination of Wolfgang's originals & well chosen covers is stunning. Baker's trumpet is emotive and telepathic with Wolfgang's vibes. Two bonus tracks are added from the original recording session. Chet plays a beautiful muted trumpet on the alternate take of Why Shouldn’t You Cry. Both musicians really stretch out on Double O, a Lackerschmid original. A Four Star review from Downbeat noted, "Ballads For Two arrives as an unexpected treat, defying Baker's detractors and placing him with success in unfamiliar surroundings." Highlights are Blue Bossa & Waltz For Susan.

Chet Baker And Crew - The Forum Theatre Recordings (2018) {Remastered}

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Chet Baker And Crew - The Forum Theatre Recordings (2018) {Remastered}

Chet Baker And Crew - The Forum Theatre Recordings (2018) {Remastered}
2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 693 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 279 Mb
Full Scans | 00:50:30 + 00:57:12 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz | Jazz Images #38055

Chet Baker & Crew : The Forum Theatre Recordings. Sometimes known as the Prince of Cool and the James Dean of jazz, Chet Baker was one of the most popular and controversial jazz musicians. He was the primary exponent of West Coast school of cool jazz (that was in early and mid-1950s). As a trumpeter, he had an intimate and romantic style of playing music, and attracted a lot of attention beyond jazz, mainly because of his movie star looks. Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums featuring his vocals (Chet Baker Sings, It Could Happen to You). Jazz historian Dave Gelly described the promise of Baker's early career as "James Dean, Sinatra, and Bix, rolled into one." His well-publicized drug habit also drove his notoriety and fame. Baker was in and out of jail frequently before enjoying a career resurgence in the late 1970s and '80s.

Chet Baker - She Was Too Good To Me (1974) {Reissue, Remastered}

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Chet Baker - She Was Too Good To Me (1974) {Reissue, Remastered}

Chet Baker - She Was Too Good To Me (1974) {Reissue, Remastered}
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 292 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 189 Mb
Full Scans | 00:40:50 | RAR 5% Recovery
Cool Jazz | CBS #ZK 40804 / DIDP 070606

Baker began his comeback after five years of musical inactivity with this excellent CTI date. Highlights include "Autumn Leaves," "Tangerine," and "With a Song in My Heart." Altoist Paul Desmond is a major asset on two songs and the occasional strings give variety to this fine session.

Chet Baker, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, Philip Catherine - Signature (2024)

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Chet Baker, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, Philip Catherine - Signature (2024)

Chet Baker, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, Philip Catherine - Signature (2024)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 215 MB | Cover | 49:51 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 116 MB
Jazz | Label: Red records

1985 was perhaps the best year of the last phase of Baker's career and his recordings with Philip Catherine and Jean-Louis Rassinfosse are clear proof of this. These, in general, are of great artistic standing and show that the trio, born almost extemporaneously, had turned into a real group, in which the musicians conversed with each other, but also had ample spaces to express themselves as soloists. A trio without piano and drums in which the lyricism of Baker's trumpet, Catherine's nervous guitar phrasing, as well as the solidity of Rassinfosse's constant rhythmic drive, ensured the music a surprising balance based on contrasts.

Chet Baker - Hit Collection (2024)

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Chet Baker - Hit Collection (2024)

Chet Baker - Hit Collection (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 3.7 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 1.4 GB
10:16:15 | Jazz | Label: Remember that Records

An icon of West Coast cool jazz, Chet Baker rose to fame in '50s with his lyrical trumpet lines and spare, romantic singing. After being handpicked for a West Coast tour with Charlie Parker, he burst onto the scene as a member of Gerry Mulligan's pianoless quartet, whose recording of "My Funny Valentine" made him a star even beyond his cult jazz audience.

VA - Then... Chill Jazz (2010) 4CD Box Set

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VA - Then... Chill Jazz (2010) 4CD Box Set

VA - Then… Chill Jazz (2010) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 761 Mb | Scans ~ 36 Mb
Label: AP Music Ltd. | # AUPCD 125 | Time: 04:04:20
Cool, Bop, Vocal Jazz, Mainstream Jazz

4CD Box Set. 72 tracks featuring Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Claude Thornhill, Nat King Cole, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Louis Armstrong, Eartha Kitt, Julie London, Art Pepper and many, many more…

Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Reunion With Chet Baker (1957)

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Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Reunion With Chet Baker (1957)

Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Reunion With Chet Baker (1957)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 403 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Label: EMI-Manhattan | # CDP 7 46857 2 | Time: 01:08:10
Cool, Mainstream Jazz, West Coast

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet of 1952-53 was one of the best-loved jazz groups of the decade and it made stars out of both the leader and trumpeter Chet Baker. Mulligan and Baker had very few reunions after 1953 but this particular CD from 1957 is an exception. Although not quite possessing the magic of the earlier group, the music is quite enjoyable and the interplay between the two horns is still special. With expert backup by bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Dave Bailey, these 13 selections (plus two new alternate takes) should please fans of both Mulligan and Baker.

Kirk Lightsey Trio with Chet Baker - Everything Happens To Me (1984) [Japanese Edition 2015] (Repost)

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Kirk Lightsey Trio with Chet Baker - Everything Happens To Me (1984) [Japanese Edition 2015] (Repost)

Kirk Lightsey Trio with Chet Baker - Everything Happens To Me (1984) [Japanese Edition 2015]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 252 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 95 MB | Covers - 189 MB
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Mainstream Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Timeless Records/Ultra-Vibe Inc. (CDSOL-6318)

For some, the most important part about this recording will be the two tracks ("Ray's Ideas" and "Everything Happens to Me") on which Chet Baker blows trumpet and sings. While Baker is not in top form, he is a fine complement to the group sound. Lightsey's trio (with bassist David Eubanks and drummer Eddie Gladden) picks an interesting collection of pieces for the remainder of the program, with his well-known Wayne Shorter emphasis. A largely uneventful, if nonetheless relaxingly swinging set, Lightsey deftly walks through the chords with consummate skill. An underrated performer, the pianist is a skillful interpreter of American song, a performer who understands the meanings of tunes and infuses them with his own interpretations. Not terribly innovative, Lightsey is one of those few serious mainstream jazz piano soloists who pushes the edges ever so slightly but feels comfortable smack dab in the middle of traditional interplay.

Chet Baker & Philip Catherine - There'll Never Be Another You [Recorded 1985] (1997) [Japanese Edition 2015] (Repost)

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Chet Baker & Philip Catherine - There'll Never Be Another You [Recorded 1985] (1997) [Japanese Edition 2015] (Repost)

Chet Baker & Philip Catherine - There'll Never Be Another You [Recorded 1985] (1997) [Japanese Edition 2015]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 269 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 138 MB | Covers - 244 MB
Genre: Jazz, Cool Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Solid Records/Ultra-Vibe Inc. (CDSOL-6380)

There may never be another Chet Baker, but on this particular night in Zagreb, poor Baker was not playing his best: His chops are weak, and his voice is strained and shallow. Still, these four duos, with longtime collaborator, guitarist Philip Catherine, have their rewards, such as the lengthy, substantial, and melodic solos by the guitarist. There is also the opportunity to hear Baker's piano playing at length. On piano, Chet Baker was even sparser than on trumpet, perhaps due to his weaker technique on the former. As with the trumpet, though, his choice of notes was always immaculate, and Baker fans will want this disc for the novelty of his piano playing. As far as his trumpet playing goes, there are much better examples of these tunes elsewhere, particularly of "My Foolish Heart" and "There'll Never Be Another You."

Chet Baker Trio - Mr. B (1984) [Japanese Edition 2015] (Repost)

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Chet Baker Trio - Mr. B (1984) [Japanese Edition 2015] (Repost)

Chet Baker Trio - Mr. B (1984) [Japanese Edition 2015]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 219 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 109 MB | Covers - 189 MB
Genre: Jazz, Cool Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Solid Records/Ultra-Vibe Inc. (CDSOL-6310)

The quality of Chet Baker's product was so varied during the last decade or more of his life that recording sessions varied markedly. For this "remixed version" of Mr. B Baker sounds a tad tired, though his chops are in fine form. The studio recording captures the trumpeter with highly sympathetic and self-effacing pianist Michel Grallier and bassist Ricardo Del Fra, both of whom engage in the leader's brand of sensitivity. There are no vocals by the trumpeter, but plenty of improvising. The interesting tune selection features a few songs played often by Baker (such as Wayne Shorter's "Dolphin Dance" and Horace Silver's "Strollin'"), but several that are not associated with him at all (Grallier's "White Blues" and his gorgeous "Father X-mas," to name a couple). There is a sadness permeating the trumpeter's sound throughout, exacerbated by the lazy, sometimes sluggish, tempos. A deep and touching beauty can be felt, marking this as one of Chet's best from the period.

Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings: It Could Happen to You (1958) [Japanese Edition 2006]

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Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings: It Could Happen to You (1958) [Japanese Edition 2006]

Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings: It Could Happen to You (1958) [Japanese Edition 2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 237 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 103 MB | Covers - 25 MB
Genre: Cool Jazz, Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Victor (VICJ-41544)

The ultra-hip and sophisticated "cool jazz" that Chet Baker (trumpet/vocals) helped define in the early '50s matured rapidly under the tutelage of producer Dick Bock. This can be traced to Baker's earliest sides on Bock's L.A.-based Pacific Jazz label. This album is the result of Baker's first sessions for the independent Riverside label. The Chet Baker Quartet featured on Chet Baker Sings: It Could Happen to You includes Kenny Drew (piano), Sam Jones (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). (Performances by bassist George Morrow and drummer Dannie Richmond are featured on a few cuts.) This results in the successful combination of Baker's fluid and nonchalant West Coast delivery with the tight swinging accuracy of drummer Jones and pianist Drew…

Chet Baker - In Milan (1959) Remastered Reissue

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Chet Baker - In Milan (1959) Remastered Reissue

Chet Baker - In Milan (1959) Remastered Reissue
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 251 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included
Label: ZYX music, Original Jazz Classics | # OJC20 370-2 (JLP-18) | Time: 00:42:42
Cool, West Coast Jazz, Trumpet Jazz

During his extended "stay" in Europe circa the late '50s and early '60s, Chet Baker produced half a dozen albums for the Riverside Records subsidiary label Jazzland. On Chet Baker in Milan – the first of his overseas sides – Baker revisits the familiar stomping grounds of West Coast cool, even though he is the only American in the band. The basic quartet includes Chet Baker (trumpet), Renato Sellani (piano), Franco Serri (bass), and Gene Victory (drums). However, on a majority of the cuts, that unit is upgraded to a sextet with sax players Glauco Masetti (alto) and Gianno Basso (tenor). According to Peter Drew's brief liner notes essay, these Italian players were found by a local record label and arrangements were essentially retrofitted to suit Baker.