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Chet Baker

Chet Baker was a primary exponent of the West Coast school of cool jazz in the early and mid-'50s. As a trumpeter, he had a generally restrained, intimate playing style and he attracted attention beyond jazz for his photogenic looks and singing. But his career was marred by drug addiction.

Baker's father, Chesney Henry Baker,Sr., was a guitarist who was forced to turn to other work during the Depression; his mother, Vera (Moser) Baker, worked in a perfumery. The family moved from Oklahoma to Glendale, CA, in 1940. As a child, Baker sang at amateur competitions and in a church choir. Before his adolescence, his father brought home a trombone for him, then replaced it with a trumpet when the larger instrument proved too much for him. He had his first formal training in music in junior high and later at Glendale High School, but would play largely by ear for the rest of his life. In 1946, when he was only 16 years old, he dropped out of high school and his parents signed papers allowing him to enlist in the army; he was sent to Berlin, Germany, where he played in the 298th Army Band. After his discharge in 1948, he enrolled at El Camino College in Los Angeles, where he studied theory and harmony while playing in jazz clubs, but he quit college in the middle of his second year. He re-enlisted in the army in 1950 and became a member of the Sixth Army Band at the Presidio in San Francisco. But he also began sitting in at clubs in the city and he finally obtained a second discharge to become a professional jazz musician.

Baker initially played in Vido Musso's band, then with Stan Getz. (The first recording featuring Baker is a performance of "Out of Nowhere" that comes from a tape of a jam session made on March 24, 1952, and was released on the Fresh Sound Records LP Live at the Trade Winds.) His break came quickly, when, in the spring of 1952, he was chosen at an audition to play a series of West Coast dates with Charlie Parker, making his debut with the famed saxophonist at the Tiffany Club in Los Angeles on May 29, 1952. That summer, he began playing in the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, a group featuring only baritone sax, trumpet, bass, and drums -- no piano -- that attracted attention during an engagement at the Haig nightclub and through recordings on the newly formed Pacific Jazz Records (later known as World Pacific Records), beginning with the 10" LP Gerry Mulligan Quartet, which featured Baker's famous rendition of "My Funny Valentine."

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet lasted for less than a year, folding when its leader went to jail on a drug charge in June 1953. Baker went solo, forming his own quartet, which initially featured Russ Freeman on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Bobby White on drums, and making his first recording as leader for Pacific Jazz on July 24, 1953. Baker was hailed by fans and critics and he won a number of polls in the next few years. In 1954, Pacific Jazz released Chet Baker Sings, an album that increased his popularity but alienated traditional jazz fans; he would continue to sing for the rest of his career. Acknowledging his chiseled good looks, nearby Hollywood came calling and he made his acting debut in the film Hell's Horizon, released in the fall of 1955. But he declined an offer of a studio contract and toured Europe from September 1955 to April 1956. When he returned to the U.S., he formed a quintet that featured saxophonist Phil Urso and pianist Bobby Timmons. Contrary to his reputation for relaxed, laid-back playing, Baker turned to more of a bop style with this group, which recorded the album Chet Baker & Crew for Pacific Jazz in July 1956.

Baker toured the U.S. in February 1957 with the Birdland All-Stars and took a group to Europe later that year. He returned to Europe to stay in 1959, settling in Italy, where he acted in the film Urlatori Alla Sbarra. Hollywood, meanwhile, had not entirely given up on him, at least as a source of inspiration, and in 1960, a fictionalized film biography of his life, All the Fine Young Cannibals, appeared with Robert Wagner in the starring role of Chad Bixby.

Baker had become addicted to heroin in the 1950s and had been incarcerated briefly on several occasions, but his drug habit only began to interfere with his career significantly in the 1960s. He was arrested in Italy in the summer of 1960 and spent almost a year and a half in jail. He celebrated his release by recording Chet Is Back! for RCA in February 1962. (It has since been reissued as The Italian Sessions and as Somewhere Over the Rainbow.) Later in the year, he was arrested in West Germany and expelled to Switzerland, then France, later moving to England in August 1962 to appear as himself in the film The Stolen Hours, which was released in 1963. He was deported from England to France because of a drug offense in March 1963. He lived in Paris and performed there and in Spain over the next year, but after being arrested again in West Germany, he was deported back to the U.S. He returned to America after five years in Europe on March 3, 1964, and played primarily in New York and Los Angeles during the mid-'60s, having switched temporarily from trumpet to flügelhorn. In the summer of 1966, he suffered a severe beating in San Francisco that was related to his drug addiction. The incident is usually misdated and frequently exaggerated in accounts of his life, often due to his own unreliable testimony. It is said, for example, that all his teeth were knocked out, which is not the case, though one tooth was broken and the general deterioration of his teeth led to his being fitted with dentures in the late '60s, forcing him to retrain his embouchure. The beating was not the cause of the decline in his career during this period, but it is emblematic of that decline. By the end of the '60s, he was recording and performing only infrequently and he stopped playing completely in the early '70s.

Regaining some control over his life by taking methadone to control his heroin addiction (though he remained an addict), Baker eventually mounted a comeback that culminated in a prominent New York club engagement in November 1973 and a reunion concert with Gerry Mulligan at Carnegie Hall in November 1974 that was recorded and released by Epic Records. By the mid-'70s, Baker was able to return to Europe and he spent the rest of his life performing there primarily, with occasional trips to Japan and periods back in the U.S., though he had no permanent residence. He attracted the attention of rock musicians, with whom he occasionally performed, for example adding trumpet to Elvis Costello's recording of his anti-Falklands War song "Shipbuilding" in 1983. In 1987, photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber undertook a documentary film about Baker. The following year, Baker died in a fall from a hotel window in Amsterdam after taking heroin and cocaine. Weber's film, Let's Get Lost, premiered in September 1988 to critical acclaim and earned an Academy Award nomination. In 1997, Baker's unfinished autobiography was published under the title As Though I Had Wings: The Lost Memoir and the book was optioned by Miramax for a film adaptation.

Baker's drug addiction caused him to lead a disorganized and peripatetic life, his constant need for cash requiring him to accept many ill-advised recording offers, while his undependability prevented him from making long-term commitments to record labels. As a result, his discography is extensive and wildly uneven. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live In Bologna 1985 / Two A Day

Disc 1

1. Two-A-Day

2. Blue Room (Live)

3. If I Should Lose You

4. This Is Always

5. The Best Thing For You

Disc 2

2. My Foolish Heart (Live)

3. Tune Up (Live)

4. My Funny Valentine (Live)

6. Down (Live)

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Track List: Chet Baker With Len Mercer & His Orchestra

1. I Should Care

2. Violets For Your Furs

3. The Song Is You

4. When I Fall In Love

6. Autumn In New York

7. Angel Eyes

9. Forgetful

10. Deep In A Dream

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Track List: Chet Baker: The Very Best

1. My Funny Valentine

2. Happy Little Sunbeam

3. The Thrill Is Gone

4. Bockhanal

5. This Is Always

6. The Half Dozens

7. Time After Time

8. Taboo

9. Let's Get Lost

10. Love Nest

11. But Not For Me

12. Picture Of Health

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Track List: Love Songs

1. I Married An Angel

2. Love

3. What'll I Do

4. Love Walked In

5. What A Diff'rence A Day Made

6. My Funny Valentine (Live)

7. She Was Too Good To Me

8. It's You Or No One

9. With A Song In My Heart

10. I Love You

11. There Will Never Be Another You (Live)

12. My Future Just Passed

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Track List: Deep in a Dream: The Ultimate Chet Baker Collection

2. Aren't You Glad You're You

3. This Time The Dream's On Me

4. The Thrill Is Gone

5. Blue Room

7. The Wind

8. Let's Get Lost

9. You Don't Know What Love Is

10. Summer Sketch

11. Halema

12. Ponder

13. A Night On Bop Mountain

14. Little Girl Blue

15. Alone Together

16. Deep In A Dream

17. Whatever Possess'd Me

18. Petite Fleur (Little Flower)

19. My Funny Valentine (Vocal)

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Track List: I Remember You

1. Stella By Starlight

2. I Remember You (Live)

4. I'm Old Fashioned (Live)

5. Margerine

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Track List: Songs For Lovers

1. Come Rain Or Come Shine

2. My Old Flame

3. That Old Feeling

4. Lullaby Of The Leaves (Live)

5. There's A Lull In My Life

6. Moonlight In Vermont (Live)

7. Darn That Dream

8. My Ideal

9. Imagination

10. Embraceable You

11. Lush Life

12. Goodbye

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Track List: The Italian Sessions

1. Well You Needn't

2. These Foolish Things

3. Barbados

4. Star Eyes

5. Somewhere Over The Rainbow

6. Pent-Up House

7. Ballata In Forma Di Blues

8. Blues In The Closet

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Track List: Lonely Star

1. Grade "A" Gravy

2. Serenity

3. Fine And Dandy

4. Have You Met Miss Jones?

5. Rearin' Back

6. So Easy

7. Madison Avenue

8. Lonely Star

9. Wee, Too

10. Tan Gaugin

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Track List: Stairway To The Stars

1. Cherokee

2. Bevan Beeps

3. Comin' On

4. Stairway To The Stars

5. No Fair Lady

6. When You're Gone

7. Choose Now

8. Chabootie

9. Carpsie's Groove

10. I Waited For You

11. The 490

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Track List: This Is Jazz #2

1. Little Duet (For Zoot & Chet)

2. Love Walked In

3. You Don't Know What Love Is

4. I'm Through With Love

5. You Better Go Now

6. The Wind

7. Autumn Leaves

8. She Was Too Good To Me

9. Tangerine

10. What'll I Do

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Track List: My Funny Valentine

1. My Funny Valentine

2. Someone To Watch Over Me

3. Moonlight Becomes You

4. This Is Always

5. I'm Glad There Is A You

6. Time After Time

7. Sweet Lorraine

8. It's Always You

9. Let's Get Lost

10. Moon Love

11. Like Someone In Love

12. I've Never Been In Love Before

13. Isn't It Romantic

14. I Fall In Love Too Easily

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Track List: Strollin' (Live)

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Track List: She Was Too Good To Me

1. Autumn Leaves

2. She Was Too Good To Me

3. Funk In Deep Freeze

4. Tangerine

5. With A Song In My Heart

6. What'll I Do

7. It's You Or No One

8. My Future Just Passed

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Track List: Baker's Holiday

1. Travelin' Light

2. Easy Living

3. That Ole Devil Called Love

4. You're My Thrill

5. Crazy She Calls Me

6. When Your Lover Has Gone

7. Mean To Me

8. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

9. There Is No Greater Love

10. Don't Explain

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Track List: Baby Breeze

1. Baby Breeze

2. Born To Be Blue

3. This Is the Thing

4. I Wish You Love

5. Everything Depends On You

6. One With One

7. Pamela's Passion

8. The Touch Of Your Lips

9. Comin' Down

10. You're Mine, You

11. Sweet Sue, Just You

12. A Taste Of Honey

13. Think Beautiful

14. I Wish You Love - Alternative Take

15. Think Beautiful - Alternative Take

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Track List: Chet Is Back!

1. Well, You Needn't

2. These Foolish Things

3. Barbados

4. Star Eyes

5. Over The Rainbow

6. Pent-Up House

7. Ballata In Forma Di Blues

8. Blues In The Closet

9. Chetty's Lullaby

10. So Che Ti Perdero

11. Motico Su Raggio Di Luna

12. Il Mio Domani

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Track List: Chet Baker In New York

1. Fair Weather

2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams

3. Hotel 49

4. Solar

5. Blue Thoughts

6. When Lights Are Low

7. Soft Winds

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Track List: Chet Baker In New York (Live)

1. Fair Weather (Live)

2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Live)

3. Hotel 49 (Live)

4. Solar (Live)

5. Blue Thoughts (Live)

6. When Lights Are Low (Live)

7. Soft Winds (Live)

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Track List: Chet Baker Sings

1. That Old Feeling

2. It's Always You

3. Like Someone In Love

4. My Ideal

5. I've Never Been In Love Before

6. My Buddy

7. But Not For Me

8. Time After Time

9. I Get Along Without You Very Well

10. My Funny Valentine

11. There Will Never Be Another You

12. The Thrill Is Gone (Vocal Version)

13. I Fall In Love Too Easily

14. Look For The Silver Lining

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Track List: Chet Baker And Crew

1. To Mickey's Memory

2. Slightly Above Moderate

3. Halema

4. Revelation

5. Something For Liza

6. Lucius Lu

7. Worryin' The Life Out Of Me

8. Medium Rock

9. To Mickey's Memory (Alt. Take)

10. Jumpin' Off A Clef

11. Chippyin'

12. Pawnee Junction

13. Music To Dance By

14. Line For Lyons

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Track List: Chet Baker Big Band

1. Tenderly

2. A Foggy Day

3. Darn That Dream

4. Mythe

5. Chet

6. Not Too Slow

8. Dinah

9. V-Line

10. Worrying The Life Out Of Me

12. Dots Groovy

13. Stella By Starlight

14. Tommyhawk

15. I'm Glad There Is You

16. The Half-Dozens

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Track List: Alone Together

1. How High The Moon

2. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

4. Solar

6. It Never Entered My Mind

7. September Song

8. Polka Dots And Moonbeams

9. You And The Night And The Music

10. Time On My Hands (You In My Arms)

11. Early Morning Mood

12. If You Could See Me Now

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Track List: Angel Eyes

1. Autumn In New York

2. Angel Eyes

3. Deep In A Dream

4. The Song Is You

5. I Should Care

6. Violets For Your Furs

7. When I Fall In Love

8. Street Of Dreams

9. Forgetful

10. Goodbye

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Track List: Chet Baker In Milan

1. Lady Bird

2. Cheryl Blues

3. Tune Up

4. Line For Lyons

5. Pent Up House

6. Look For The Silver Lining

8. My Old Flame

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Track List: Chet Baker Sextet

1. Little Man You've Had A Busy Day

2. Dot's Groovy

3. Stella By Starlight

4. Tommyhawk

5. I'm Glad There Is You

6. The Half Dozens

7. Dot's Groovy (EP Take)

8. Stella By Starlight (EP Take)

9. A Minor Benign

10. Ponder

11. Twenties Late

12. X

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Track List: Chet For Lovers

1. There Is No Greater Love

2. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You (Instrumental)

3. You're Mine, You (Feat. Kenny Burrell)

4. Alone Together (Master Take 3)

5. The Touch Of Your Lips

6. Tenderly (Instrumental)

7. Everything Depends On You

8. Autumn In New York

9. Easy Living

10. You Go To My Head (Instrumental)

11. Born To Be Blue

12. Crazy She Calls Me

13. Everything Happens To Me (Complete Take 2)

14. That Ole Devil Called Love

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Track List: Chet In Paris

1. Alone Together (Master Take 3)

2. Tenderly (Instrumental)

3. Summertime (Instrumental)

4. There's A Small Hotel (Instrumental)

5. I'll Remember April (Instrumental)

6. Not Too Slow (Master Take)

7. Chet (Master Take 5)

8. Just Duo

9. Sad Walk

10. In A Little Provincial Town (Master Take)

11. Exitus (Instrumental)

12. Tasty Pudding

13. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You

14. Everything Happens To Me (Complete Take 2)

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Track List: Chet In Paris Vol. 2

1. Summertime

2. You Go To My Head

3. Tenderly

4. Lover Man

5. There's A Small Hotel

6. Autumn In New York

7. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You

8. I'll Remember April

9. Alone Together (Master)

10. Exitus

11. Once In A While (Master)

12. All The Things You Are

13. Everything Happens To Me (Complete Take 2)

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Track List: Chet In Paris: Vol 3

1. Chekeetah (Master Take 6)

2. How About You (Take 3)

3. Exitus (Instrumental) (Quintet Version)

4. Dear Old Stockholm (Take 1)

5. Speak Low (Instrumental)

6. Anticipated Blues (Instrumental)

7. Cheryl (Take 8)

8. Tasty Pudding

9. Mythe (Master Take)

10. Not Too Slow (Master Take)

11. Vline (2nd Version)

12. In A Little Provincial Town (Master Take)

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Track List: Chet [Keepnews Collection]

1. Alone Together

2. How High The Moon

3. It Never Entered My Mind

4. Tis Autumn

5. If You Could See Me Now

6. September Song

7. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

8. Time On My Hands (You In My Arms)

9. You And The Night And The Music

10. Early Morning Mood

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Track List: Embraceable You

1. The Night We Called It A Day

2. Little Girl Blue

3. Embraceable You

4. They All Laughed

5. There's A Lull In My Life

6. What Is There To Say

7. While My Lady Sleeps

8. Forgetful

9. How Long Has This Been Going On

10. Come Rain Or Come Shine

11. On Green Dolphin Street

12. Little Girl Blue

13. Trav'lin' Light

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Track List: Free Way

1. Bernie's Tune

3. My Funny Valentine

4. Line For Lyons

6. Walkin' Shoes

7. Moonlight In Vermont

9. The Lady Is A Tramp

12. Cherry

14. Speak Low

16. Isn't It Romantic

18. No Ties

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Track List: It Could Happen To You

1. Do It The Hard Way

2. I'm Old Fashioned

3. You're Driving Me Crazy

4. It Could Happen To You

5. My Heart Stood Still

6. The More I See You

7. Everything Happens To Me

8. Dancing On The Ceiling

9. How Long Has This Been Going On?

10. Old Devil Moon

11. While My Lady Sleeps

12. You Make Me Feel So Young

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Track List: Let's Get Lost

1. All The Things You Are

2. Bea's Flat

3. The Thrill Is Gone

4. Time After Time

5. I Get Along Without You Very Well

6. But Not For Me

8. Look For The Silver Lining

9. The Wind

10. Carson CIty Stage

11. A Dandy Line

12. I'm Glad There Is You

13. The Half Dozens

14. Let's Get Lost

15. Long Ago And Far Away

16. You Don't Know What Love Is

17. Just Duo

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Track List: Picture Of Heath

1. Picture Of Heath

2. For Miles And Miles

3. C.T.A.

4. For Minors Only

5. Minor Yours

6. Resonant Emotions

7. Tynan Time

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Track List: Plays For Lovers

1. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

2. Stairway To The Stars

3. How Long Has This Been Going On?

4. Alone Together

5. Moonlight In Vermont

6. My Heart Stood Still

7. Lonely Star

8. You And The Night And The Music

9. I'm Old Fashioned

10. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

11. My Funny Valentine (Live)

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Track List: Riverside Profiles: Chet Baker

Disc 1

1. Look For The Silver Lining

2. On The Street Where You Live

3. Polka Dots And Moonbeams

4. Do It The Hard Way

5. Fair Weather

6. September Song

7. Tune Up

8. The More I See You

9. Alone Together

10. Street Of Dreams

11. Almost Like Being In Love

Disc 2

1. Dat Dere

2. Airegin

3. Soft Winds

4. My Foolish Heart (Live)

5. Desafinado

6. Thermo (Take 2)

7. Bemsha Swing

8. Bohemia After Dark (Live)

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Track List: The Art Of The Ballad

1. Polka Dots And Moonbeams

2. Autumn In New York

3. My Old Flame

4. Alone Together

5. I Should Care

6. When Lights Are Low

7. Stairway To The Stars

9. Almost Like Being In Love

10. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

11. Lament For The Living

12. I'm Old Fashioned

13. My Heart Stood Still

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Track List: The Very Best Of Chet Baker

1. My Funny Valentine (Live)

2. Moonlight In Vermont

3. Do It The Hard Way

4. My Heart Stood Still

5. Old Devil Moon

6. Fair Weather

7. If You Could See Me Now

8. How High The Moon

9. Look For The Silver Lining

10. The Song Is You

11. Almost Like Being In Love

12. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

13. Have You Met Miss Jones?

14. When You're Gone

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Track List: You Can't Go Home Again

Disc 1

1. Love For Sale

2. Un Poco Loco

3. You Can't Go Home Again

4. El Morro

5. The Best Thing For You

6. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You/You've Changed

7. Oh, You Crazy Moon

8. How Deep Is The Ocean?

9. If You Could See Me Now

10. You Can't Go Home Again

11. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You/You've Changed

Disc 2

1. El Morro

2. Out Of Our Hands

3. Broken Wing

4. Paradox

5. Blues

6. The Best Thing For You

7. How Deep Is The Ocean?

8. If You Could See Me Now

9. El Morro

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Track List: Young Chet

1. Look For The Silver Lining (Instrumental)

2. But Not For Me (Instrumental)

3. Time After Time (Instrumental)

4. My Funny Valentine (Instrumental)

5. There Will Never Be Another You (Instrumental)

6. Extra Mild

7. A Night On Bop Mountain

8. Down

9. Taboo

10. I Can't Get Started

11. It's Only A Paper Moon

12. Autumn In New York (Feat. Bobby Timmons)

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dogfin1
YEAH THAT'S COOL
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smooth. whoops already said.
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Smooth.
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With our political climate so bad:need him more than ever
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After all these years (70+), Chett Baker has finally come into my life! Soooo sweet.
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not a wasted life but a heart breaker...lo v e his music
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Actually, I just ran across two Ph D theses about Chet's music
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My very favorite jazz player. It isn't how many notes you play, but it is the notes you play. And Chet plays all the right notes.
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Chet Baker, Leroy Vinegar, Art Pepper
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klg348
Such a magnificent talent wrapped in a tragic life.
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toshakop
Like a tumble weed dancing across the prairie... fancy and free
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I agree, weezie13 said it all - Just the best!!!
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Just the best!!!
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Chet baker's relaxed style is extremely please nt
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Miles Davis- I listen to and for so many reasons - Chet Baker plays next. Good music and I dig it ok. Thanks - C.Baker.
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His music lives on.....thank s to Pandora..... RIP Mr. Baker
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To those who say things like, What a waste of talent... You know, sometimes people, both great and not-so-great , make mistakes and LIVE THEIR LIVES. Substance addiction is never a good thing, but Baker still managed to have an output of work that can be appreciated even today. Ultimately, we ALL succumb to one thing or another and more cannot be accomplished . Because we run out of time or the ability to do things, even if it's through our own choices, that doesn't make a life a waste.
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Michael Missiras
Trumpet/Corn e t / C o m p o s e r
NYC/ arctic1974@g m a i l . c o m

This album is also known as "Chet is Back" and recorded after his realize from prison in Italy in 1962. He learned how to speak Italian in prison as well as being able to play his trumpet.
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parrotboy368 2
His Live in Tokyo recordings from the late 70s are haunting and incredible. Every bit as captivating as anything by anyone, ever. His version of Elvis Costello's Almost Blue is one of the most beautiful pieces of music of any genre, ever.
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cobban.barne t t
Ranks right up there with the best of them :)
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Chet Baker could sing! Listen to Look For The Silver Lining.
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So beautiful! Voice and instrument.
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Chet was at his best with Gerry mulligan
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Like running your hand across velvet.... so smooth
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bill_buck
Beauty & the Beast!
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Cool is......Chet Baker and Steve McQueen!
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jaykdavis
WHAT A TERRIBLE WASTE OF SUPERB TALENT!
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he sang Yesterdays on an album anyone know which one
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This song is not the best it is stoopid
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pbrett109
Can't add much to the comments, except to totally agree with the appreciatrio n for Baker's talent and sadnees for his tragic adiction - he had much ability to add pleasure to our music lives!
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this is december music... thank you internet
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Gifted man, its sexy, mellow, smooth, and sadly reflects what his reasons were for getting hooked. We loose them and it is our ears loss. Love his music its moving in every way, THANKS Chet Baker.
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When I first met Chet at Glendale Hi in 1947 I did not know I was commiseratin g with genius - Later privileged to visit The Haig on many occasions I became mesmerized by he and Mulligans musical blendings which shall last an eternity
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So many emotions come forth with each note. Pandora one of your best
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He is so good...and could had been very very rich. But just like other artist... Drugs took them away from us. Really sad... Love music... And other works. He is a truly versatile artist! RIP
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I consider Chet to be an original hipster
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signhandsnyc
Classic...co o l . . . i n the moment...rea l . A contributor to his art. Taken down like so many before him and after him. Addiction.
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Wounderful
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Excellent singer too.
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wonderful mellow jazz music that is a perfect backdrop for a romantic evening with candlelight dinner
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What a warm, lovely voice. just heard him on pandora, Now a favorite!
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@elgonz ha..
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elgonz
Crazy how he touches my life so deeply for no apparent reason
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@Ann Seeger...yes , his art like so many genuises was and is timeless for it is what it is and he will be teaching, thru it for all time. Celebrate that for in any case there will never be the likes of him again, so celebrate!
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How tragic! Drugs followed a remarkable musical talent Think how Chet's career would have blossomed even further without this scourge that haunted him throughout his life?
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michaelblade s 8
Such greatness and such sadness at the same time.
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I only have 31 of his albums (CD). The most understated, romantic, lyrical trumpet ever. He could sing, nay, weep with his instrument. He is my all time favorite jazz musician. I lost my oldest son to heroin. Nuff said.
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Awesome stuff, just love Chet!
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The sexiest horn ever!
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