Chet Baker & Strings
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THE WILLIAM CLAXTON COLLECTION
180 Pure Virging Vinyl LPs in Gatefold Packaging.
The photographs of William Claxton define the essence of cool – his stunningly intimate images of icons like Chet Baker combine technical innovation and an unerring sense of the moment to forge a singular aesthetic he defined as ‘jazz for the eyes’ - Jason Ankeny (AllMusic) –
This album cover is a photo while recording Chet Baker & Ensemble in Los Angeles, December 1953. On the inside we find another shot from the same session which was used for the cover of Chet Baker & Strings recorded the following week.
CHET BAKER, trumpet
ZOOT SIMS, tenor sax (out on A1-A2, A6, B1-B2 & B5)
JACK MONTROSE, tenor sax (out on A6, B1-B2 & B5)
BUD SHANK, alto sax (on A6, B1-B2 & B5 only)
RUSS FREEMAN, piano (out on A6, B1-B2 & B5)
JOE MONDRAGON, bass
SHELLY MANNE, drums
Plus String Orchestra:
Eudice Shapiro, Paul Robyn, Victor Gottlieb, George Kast, Paul Shure,
Jacques Gasselin (violin), Samuel Cytron, Lou Kievman (viola), Felix Slatkin (cello).
Los Angeles, December 1953-February 1954.
Tracks A3-A5 & B4: December 30, 1953.
Tracks A1-A2, B3 & B6: December 31, 1953.
Tracks A6, B1-B2 & B5: February 20, 1954.
1 YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
2 I’M THRU WITH LOVE
3 LOVE WALKED IN
4 YOU BETTER GO NOW
5 I MARRIED AN ANGEL
1 I LOVE YOU
2 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE
3 WHY SHOULDN’T I?
4 A LITTLE DUET FOR ZOOT AND CHET
5 THE WIND