EXLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION OF 500 COPIES
HIGH-DEFINITION PREMIUM VINYL PRESSING FOR SUPER FIDELITY
INCLUDES 2 BONUS TRACKS
Although Chet Baker was becoming as famous for his singing as he was for his trumpet playing at the time this LP was issued, no vocal numbers were selected on The Trumpet Artistry of Chet Baker. As its title indicates and as producer Richard Bock confirmed in the original liner notes, the album was intended to showcase Baker’s best trumpet performances up to that date. Bock compiled unissued takes by Chet’s quartet with Russ Freeman (which were different from the ones previously released on EPs and 10-inch LPs), selected material from the Ensemble and Sextet dates, as well as a live quartet performance of “Russ Job” from a 1954 concert at the Tiffany Club (which, in its complete form, would only be issued several decades later). While the source material here is varied, the leader’s trumpet playing and Russ Freeman’s piano give the recordings a sense of unity, resulting in an interesting showcase of Chet’s instrumental skills at this early stage of his career.
CHET BAKER, trumpet On all tracks, plus:
ON TRACKS A1, A5, A7, B6-B7:
Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), Bud Shank (bar),
Russ Freeman (p), Carson Smith (b), Shelly Manne (d).
Los Angeles, September 9 (A7, B6) & September 15 (A1, A5, B7), 1954.
ON TRACKS A2, A4, B1-B4
Russ Freeman (p), Carson Smith (b), Larry Bunker (d).
Los Angeles, July 30 (A4) & October 3 (A2, B1-B4), 1953.
ON TRACKS A3, A6:
Herb Geller (as, ts), Jack Montrose (ts, arr), Bob Gordon (bar),
Russ Freeman (p), Joe Mondragon (b), Shelly Manne (d).
Hollywood, December 22, 1953.
ON TRACK B5: Russ Freeman (p), Carson Smith (b), Bob Neel (d).
Live at the Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, August 10, 1954.
01. I’M GLAD THERE IS YOU
02. MOON LOVE [12” LP take]
03. MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU
05. LITTLE MAN, YOU’VE HAD A BUSY DAY
07. THE HALF DOZENS (*)
01. ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
02. NO TIES [12” LP take]
03. HAPPY LITTLE SUNBEAM
04. BEA’S FLAT
05. RUSS JOB
07. STELLA BY STARLIGHT (*)
(*) Bonus tracks: From the same sessions, but not included on the original LP.