CHET BAKER

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Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker Jr. (December 23, 1929 - May 13, 1988) was born in Yale, Oklahoma. A trumpet player, Baker was an important part of the West coast "cool jazz" school of the 1950s. He first came to prominence in the jazz world as part of the pianoless Gerry Mulligan Quartet -- Mulligan had played with Miles Davis, whose Birth of the Cool is recognized as ushering in the movement.

Baker's trumpet playing is characterized by incredibly sweet tones, clear and almost vibrato-less. He was also a vocalist, and his vocal stylings matched his trumpet-playing in terms of style and feeling, with an emphasis on clarity and gentleness of expression, rather than vibrato or vocal pyrotechnics.

While he was widely acclaimed musically, and his movie-star good looks ensured plenty of popular attention, his personal life was extremely troubled. A heroin addict, his relationships and life were marked
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Chet Baker SingsChet Baker Sings
Ais 2011
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Chet Baker Bill Evans - The Complete Legendary SessionsChet Baker Bill Evans - The Complete Legendary Sessions
American Jazz Classics 2009
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Chet [Vinyl]Chet [Vinyl]
Riverside 2013
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Riverside CollectionRiverside Collection
Enlightenment 2017
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Essential Original AlbumsEssential Original Albums
Masters of Music 2017
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Pacific Jazz CollectionPacific Jazz Collection
Enlightenment 2017
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The Best Of Chet Baker SingsThe Best Of Chet Baker Sings
Blue Note 1989
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Chet Baker - The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 Compact Disc CD Chet Baker - The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 Compact Disc CD USD $3.75 (0 bids)
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CHET BAKER, ART PEPPER Playboys JAPAN CD CP32-5351 1987 CHET BAKER, ART PEPPER Playboys JAPAN CD CP32-5351 1987 USD $43.85 Buy It Now 5h
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CHET BAKER Discography

CHET BAKER albums / top albums

CHET BAKER Chet Baker Quartet album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Chet Baker Quartet
Bop 1953
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman
Bop 1953
CHET BAKER Sextet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sextet
Cool Jazz 1954
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Sings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Sings
Vocal Jazz 1954
CHET BAKER Chet Baker and Strings (aka Love Walked In) album cover 3.38 | 3 ratings
Chet Baker and Strings (aka Love Walked In)
Cool Jazz 1954
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Ensemble album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Chet Baker Ensemble
Cool Jazz 1954
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Quartet Records Eight Cool Sides album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Quartet Records Eight Cool Sides
Cool Jazz 1954
CHET BAKER Sings and Plays With Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Sings and Plays With Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings
Vocal Jazz 1955
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Quartet (aka In Paris Vol 1 aka Quartet Featuring Dick Twardzik) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Quartet (aka In Paris Vol 1 aka Quartet Featuring Dick Twardzik)
Cool Jazz 1955
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Quartet (aka Great Jazz  aka Chet Baker in Paris Vol. 3: 1955 aka  Chet Baker Quartet Plays Standards) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Quartet (aka Great Jazz aka Chet Baker in Paris Vol. 3: 1955 aka Chet Baker Quartet Plays Standards)
Cool Jazz 1956
CHET BAKER Cools Out album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cools Out
Cool Jazz 1956
CHET BAKER In Europe: A Jazz Tour Of The Nato Countries album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Europe: A Jazz Tour Of The Nato Countries
Cool Jazz 1956
CHET BAKER Chet Baker And His Quintet With Bobby Jaspar and His Quintet With Bobby Jaspar (aka  I Get Chet) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker And His Quintet With Bobby Jaspar and His Quintet With Bobby Jaspar (aka I Get Chet)
Cool Jazz 1956
CHET BAKER Chet Baker & Art Pepper ‎: Playboys (aka Picture Of Heath) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker & Art Pepper ‎: Playboys (aka Picture Of Heath)
Cool Jazz 1957
CHET BAKER Big Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Band
Cool Jazz 1957
CHET BAKER Theme Music From 0.00 | 0 ratings
Theme Music From "The James Dean Story" (with Bud Shank) (aka Swinging Soundtrack)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1957
CHET BAKER In New York (aka Polka Dots And Moonbeams) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
In New York (aka Polka Dots And Moonbeams)
Hard Bop 1958
CHET BAKER It Could Happen to You: Chet Baker Sings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It Could Happen to You: Chet Baker Sings
Vocal Jazz 1958
CHET BAKER Chet album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Chet
Cool Jazz 1959
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner & Loewe album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner & Loewe
Cool Jazz 1959
CHET BAKER Chet Baker With Fifty Italian Strings(aka Sings And Plays aka Angel Eyes aka Chet Baker With Len Mercer & His Orchestra) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker With Fifty Italian Strings(aka Sings And Plays aka Angel Eyes aka Chet Baker With Len Mercer & His Orchestra)
Cool Jazz 1959
CHET BAKER Introduces Johnny Pace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introduces Johnny Pace
Vocal Jazz 1959
CHET BAKER Sextet & Quartet (aka In Milan) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sextet & Quartet (aka In Milan)
Hard Bop 1960
CHET BAKER Chet Is Back! (aka The Italian Sessions aka Somewhere Over the Rainbow) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Chet Is Back! (aka The Italian Sessions aka Somewhere Over the Rainbow)
Cool Jazz 1962
CHET BAKER Baby Breeze album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Baby Breeze
Hard Bop 1964
CHET BAKER The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 (aka Chet Baker Plays & Sings) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 (aka Chet Baker Plays & Sings)
Hard Bop 1964
CHET BAKER Baker's Holiday album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Baker's Holiday
Vocal Jazz 1965
CHET BAKER Mariachi Brass, The Featuring Chet Baker : Hats Off album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mariachi Brass, The Featuring Chet Baker : Hats Off
Exotica 1965
CHET BAKER Mariachi Brass Featuring Chet Baker ‎: Double Shot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mariachi Brass Featuring Chet Baker ‎: Double Shot
Exotica 1966
CHET BAKER Mariachi Brass Featuring Chet Baker ‎: In The Mood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mariachi Brass Featuring Chet Baker ‎: In The Mood
Exotica 1966
CHET BAKER Mariachi Brass  Featuring Chet Baker : A Taste Of Tequila (aka The Modern Sound Of Mexico) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mariachi Brass Featuring Chet Baker : A Taste Of Tequila (aka The Modern Sound Of Mexico)
Exotica 1966
CHET BAKER Into My Life (with Carmel Strings) (aka Te Graver Dans Ma Vie) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Into My Life (with Carmel Strings) (aka Te Graver Dans Ma Vie)
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1966
CHET BAKER Groovin' With the Chet Baker Quintet album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Groovin' With the Chet Baker Quintet
Hard Bop 1966
CHET BAKER Smokin' With the Chet Baker Quintet album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Smokin' With the Chet Baker Quintet
Hard Bop 1966
CHET BAKER Chet Baker and The Carmel Strings ‎: Quietly There album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker and The Carmel Strings ‎: Quietly There
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1966
CHET BAKER Boppin' With the Chet Baker Quintet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boppin' With the Chet Baker Quintet
Hard Bop 1967
CHET BAKER Cool Burnin' With the Chet Baker Quintet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cool Burnin' With the Chet Baker Quintet
Hard Bop 1967
CHET BAKER Comin' on With the Chet Baker Quintet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Comin' on With the Chet Baker Quintet
Hard Bop 1967
CHET BAKER Albert's House (aka Jazz Collection ② / ジャズコレ) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Albert's House (aka Jazz Collection ② / ジャズコレ)
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1969
CHET BAKER Blood, Chet And Tears album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blood, Chet And Tears
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1970
CHET BAKER She Was Too Good to Me album cover 3.27 | 4 ratings
She Was Too Good to Me
Vocal Jazz 1974
CHET BAKER You Can’t Go Home Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You Can’t Go Home Again
Fusion 1977
CHET BAKER The Incredible Chet Baker Plays And Sings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Incredible Chet Baker Plays And Sings
Vocal Jazz 1977
CHET BAKER Once Upon a Summertime album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Once Upon a Summertime
Post Bop 1978
CHET BAKER Broken Wing album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Broken Wing
Post Bop 1979
CHET BAKER The Touch of Your Lips album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Touch of Your Lips
Cool Jazz 1979
CHET BAKER Ballads For Two (with  Wolfgang Lackerschmid) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ballads For Two (with Wolfgang Lackerschmid)
Cool Jazz 1979
CHET BAKER Tender Variations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tender Variations
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1979
CHET BAKER Soft Journey (with Enrico Pieranunzi) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soft Journey (with Enrico Pieranunzi)
Cool Jazz 1980
CHET BAKER Chet Baker / Wolfgang Lackerschmid album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker / Wolfgang Lackerschmid
Cool Jazz 1980
CHET BAKER Leaving album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Leaving
Cool Jazz 1980
CHET BAKER Chet Baker, Jean Paul Florens , Henry Florens ‎: Rendez-vous (aka 'Round Midnight) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker, Jean Paul Florens , Henry Florens ‎: Rendez-vous (aka 'Round Midnight)
Cool Jazz 1980
CHET BAKER No Problem album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Problem
Cool Jazz 1980
CHET BAKER Chet Baker & Steve Houben (aka Almost Blue) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Chet Baker & Steve Houben (aka Almost Blue)
Cool Jazz 1980
CHET BAKER Chet Baker in Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker in Paris
Cool Jazz 1980
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Meets Novos Tempos Group : Salsamba album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Meets Novos Tempos Group : Salsamba
Latin Jazz 1981
CHET BAKER Studio Trieste (with Jim Hall / Hubert Laws) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Studio Trieste (with Jim Hall / Hubert Laws)
Cool Jazz 1982
CHET BAKER Peace album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Peace
Cool Jazz 1982
CHET BAKER Mister B album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mister B
Cool Jazz 1984
CHET BAKER At Capolinea album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Capolinea
Cool Jazz 1984
CHET BAKER Nightbird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nightbird
Cool Jazz 1984
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Plays Vladimir Cosma album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Plays Vladimir Cosma
Cool Jazz 1985
CHET BAKER Diane (with Paul Bley) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Diane (with Paul Bley)
Cool Jazz 1985
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Trio Featuring Philip Catherine ‎: Chet's Choice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Trio Featuring Philip Catherine ‎: Chet's Choice
Cool Jazz 1985
CHET BAKER Silent Nights (with Christopher Mason) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Silent Nights (with Christopher Mason)
Cool Jazz 1986
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Sings Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Sings Again
Cool Jazz 1986
CHET BAKER Little Girl Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Little Girl Blue
Cool Jazz 1988
CHET BAKER The Heart Of The Ballad album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Heart Of The Ballad
Cool Jazz 1988
CHET BAKER When Sunny Gets Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
When Sunny Gets Blue
Cool Jazz 1988
CHET BAKER Chet Baker / Wolfgang Lackerschmid ‎: Originals album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker / Wolfgang Lackerschmid ‎: Originals
Post Bop 1988
CHET BAKER Cool Cat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cool Cat
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Sings And Plays From The Film 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Sings And Plays From The Film "Let's Get Lost"
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1989
CHET BAKER On Poetry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On Poetry
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER The Best Thing for You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Thing for You
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER Stella by Starlight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stella by Starlight
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER As Time Goes By album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
As Time Goes By
Cool Jazz 1990
CHET BAKER Love Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Song
Cool Jazz 1990
CHET BAKER Deep In A Dream Of You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deep In A Dream Of You
Cool Jazz 1990
CHET BAKER Chet Baker And The Boto Brazilian Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker And The Boto Brazilian Quartet
Latin Jazz 1991
CHET BAKER Just Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Just Friends
Cool Jazz 1991
CHET BAKER Heartbreak album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heartbreak
Cool Jazz 1991
CHET BAKER Italian Movies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Italian Movies
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1993
CHET BAKER Autumn in New York album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Autumn in New York
Cool Jazz 1995
CHET BAKER Embraceable You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Embraceable You
Cool Jazz 1995
CHET BAKER Jazz Profile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Profile
Cool Jazz 1997
CHET BAKER Silent Nights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Silent Nights
Cool Jazz 2001
CHET BAKER Oh You Crazy Moon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oh You Crazy Moon
Cool Jazz 2004
CHET BAKER Chet Baker With The Bradley Young Trio ‎: Chet In Chicago - The Legacy Vol. 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker With The Bradley Young Trio ‎: Chet In Chicago - The Legacy Vol. 5
Cool Jazz 2008
CHET BAKER Lost Tapes Early Chet Baker In Germany 1955-1959 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lost Tapes Early Chet Baker In Germany 1955-1959
Cool Jazz 2013

CHET BAKER EPs & splits

CHET BAKER live albums

CHET BAKER Jazz at Ann Arbor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz at Ann Arbor
Cool Jazz 1955
CHET BAKER Chet Baker and Crew album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Chet Baker and Crew
Cool Jazz 1956
CHET BAKER In Concert
 (with Lee Konitz) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert
 (with Lee Konitz)
Cool Jazz 1974
CHET BAKER Two A Day album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two A Day
Cool Jazz 1979
CHET BAKER Live In Paris - Night Bird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris - Night Bird
Cool Jazz 1980
CHET BAKER Daybreak album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Daybreak
Cool Jazz 1980
CHET BAKER Live In Paris - Tune Up album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris - Tune Up
Cool Jazz 1981
CHET BAKER My Funny Valentine : Live at the Salt Peanuts Club album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Funny Valentine : Live at the Salt Peanuts Club
Cool Jazz 1981
CHET BAKER Live In Europe 1956 (aka Live In Florence, 1956) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Europe 1956 (aka Live In Florence, 1956)
Cool Jazz 1982
CHET BAKER In Concert (with Lee Konitz) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert (with Lee Konitz)
Cool Jazz 1982
CHET BAKER This Is Always (aka Live In Montmartre Vol. 2 ) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Is Always (aka Live In Montmartre Vol. 2 )
Cool Jazz 1982
CHET BAKER 'Round Midnight - Chet Baker Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
'Round Midnight - Chet Baker Live
Cool Jazz 1982
CHET BAKER Star Eyes - Live At George's Jazz Cafe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Star Eyes - Live At George's Jazz Cafe
Cool Jazz 1983
CHET BAKER In Your Own Sweet Way album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Your Own Sweet Way
Cool Jazz 1983
CHET BAKER Live In Sweden With Åke Johanssons Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Sweden With Åke Johanssons Trio
Hard Bop 1984
CHET BAKER The Improviser album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Improviser
Cool Jazz 1984
CHET BAKER I Remember You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Remember You
Cool Jazz 1984
CHET BAKER Just Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Just Friends
Cool Jazz 1984
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Karl Ratzer : Conception album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Karl Ratzer : Conception
Cool Jazz 1985
CHET BAKER Candy album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Candy
Hard Bop 1985
CHET BAKER Witch Doctor album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Witch Doctor
Hard Bop 1985
CHET BAKER Strollin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Strollin'
Cool Jazz 1986
CHET BAKER Love for Sale album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love for Sale
Cool Jazz 1986
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Trio With Duke Jordan ‎: September Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Trio With Duke Jordan ‎: September Song
Cool Jazz 1986
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Phil Markowitz ‎: Live At Nick's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Phil Markowitz ‎: Live At Nick's
Cool Jazz 1987
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Featuring Van Morrison ‎: Live At Ronnie Scott's London (aka Nightbird) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Featuring Van Morrison ‎: Live At Ronnie Scott's London (aka Nightbird)
Cool Jazz 1987
CHET BAKER Live In Paris, 1960-63 - Live In Nice, 1975 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris, 1960-63 - Live In Nice, 1975
Cool Jazz 1988
CHET BAKER Down - Chet Baker Live In The Subway Club album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Down - Chet Baker Live In The Subway Club
Cool Jazz 1988
CHET BAKER Memories in Tokyo album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Memories in Tokyo
Cool Jazz 1988
CHET BAKER My Favourite Songs - The Last Great Concert album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
My Favourite Songs - The Last Great Concert
Cool Jazz 1988
CHET BAKER Live from the Moonlight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live from the Moonlight
Cool Jazz 1988
CHET BAKER Chet Baker in Paris, Volume 2 album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Chet Baker in Paris, Volume 2
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER Live at Chateauvallon (aka Live In France 1978) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Chateauvallon (aka Live In France 1978)
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER Time After Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time After Time
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER Misty album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Misty
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER My Foolish Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Foolish Heart
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER Live In Rosenheim (Chet Baker's Last Recording As Quartet) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Rosenheim (Chet Baker's Last Recording As Quartet)
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER Four album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Four
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER Live At The Paris Festival (aka  Chet Baker In Paris) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Paris Festival (aka Chet Baker In Paris)
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER The Newport Years, Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Newport Years, Vol. 1
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER The Last Great Concert - My Favourite Songs Vol. 1 & 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Last Great Concert - My Favourite Songs Vol. 1 & 2
Cool Jazz 1990
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Featuring Van Morrison : Nightbird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Featuring Van Morrison : Nightbird
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1990
CHET BAKER Straight From The Heart - The Great Last Concert, Vol. II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Straight From The Heart - The Great Last Concert, Vol. II
Cool Jazz 1990
CHET BAKER It Never Entered My Mind album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It Never Entered My Mind
Cool Jazz 1990
CHET BAKER Out Of Nowhere album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Out Of Nowhere
Cool Jazz 1991
CHET BAKER In Europe, 1955 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Europe, 1955
Cool Jazz 1991
CHET BAKER Live At The Trade Winds 1952 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Trade Winds 1952
Cool Jazz 1991
CHET BAKER Burnin' At Backstreet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Burnin' At Backstreet
Cool Jazz 1991
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Quartet with Special Guest Bud Shank ‎: Live At Fat Tuesday's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Quartet with Special Guest Bud Shank ‎: Live At Fat Tuesday's
Cool Jazz 1991
CHET BAKER A Night at the Shalimar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Night at the Shalimar
Cool Jazz 1991
CHET BAKER Boston 1954 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boston 1954
Cool Jazz 1992
CHET BAKER In Bologna (aka Live In Bologna 1985) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Bologna (aka Live In Bologna 1985)
Cool Jazz 1992
CHET BAKER Live At Pueblo, Colorado 1966 (aka Mister B. aka 'Round Midnight aka Milestone) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Pueblo, Colorado 1966 (aka Mister B. aka 'Round Midnight aka Milestone)
Cool Jazz 1992
CHET BAKER A Trumpet For The Sky - Club 21, Paris - Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Trumpet For The Sky - Club 21, Paris - Vol. 1
Cool Jazz 1993
CHET BAKER A Trumpet For The Sky - Club 21, Paris - Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Trumpet For The Sky - Club 21, Paris - Vol. 2
Cool Jazz 1993
CHET BAKER In Italy Unissued 1975-1988 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Italy Unissued 1975-1988
Cool Jazz 1994
CHET BAKER The Legacy, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Legacy, Volume 1
Cool Jazz 1995
CHET BAKER Love For Sale: Live at Ronnie Scott's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love For Sale: Live at Ronnie Scott's
Cool Jazz 1996
CHET BAKER The Legacy, Volume 2: I Remember You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Legacy, Volume 2: I Remember You
Cool Jazz 1996
CHET BAKER Vol. I 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vol. I "Live" At The Subway Club, Cologne
Cool Jazz 1996
CHET BAKER Chet Baker & Stan Getz ‎: My Funny Valentine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker & Stan Getz ‎: My Funny Valentine
Cool Jazz 1997
CHET BAKER The Legacy - Vol. 3 - Why Shouldn't You Cry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Legacy - Vol. 3 - Why Shouldn't You Cry
Cool Jazz 1998
CHET BAKER I Remember You (aka Nightbird) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Remember You (aka Nightbird)
Cool Jazz 1999
CHET BAKER The Gold Collection: Classic Performances album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gold Collection: Classic Performances
Cool Jazz 1999
CHET BAKER September Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
September Song
Cool Jazz 2000
CHET BAKER Live At The Renaissance II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Renaissance II
Cool Jazz 2000
CHET BAKER Star Eyes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Star Eyes
Cool Jazz 2001
CHET BAKER My Funny Valentine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Funny Valentine
Cool Jazz 2001
CHET BAKER The Legacy - Vol. 4 - Oh You Crazy Moon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Legacy - Vol. 4 - Oh You Crazy Moon
Cool Jazz 2003
CHET BAKER Sings, Plays: Live at the Keystone Korner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sings, Plays: Live at the Keystone Korner
Cool Jazz 2003
CHET BAKER Chet Baker in New York album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker in New York
Cool Jazz 2006
CHET BAKER Köln Concert (feat. Dick Twardzik) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Köln Concert (feat. Dick Twardzik)
Cool Jazz 2006
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Dick Twardzik ‎: The Lost Holland Concert - September 18, 1955 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Dick Twardzik ‎: The Lost Holland Concert - September 18, 1955
Cool Jazz 2006
CHET BAKER Indian Summer (The Complete 1955 Concerts In Holland) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Indian Summer (The Complete 1955 Concerts In Holland)
Cool Jazz 2007
CHET BAKER One Night In Tokyo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Night In Tokyo
Cool Jazz 2007
CHET BAKER Chet Baker & Crew: Complete Recordings at the Forum Theatre album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Chet Baker & Crew: Complete Recordings at the Forum Theatre
Cool Jazz 2007
CHET BAKER Back Home! The Complete Studio Master Takes July 56-July 59 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Back Home! The Complete Studio Master Takes July 56-July 59
Cool Jazz 2010
CHET BAKER The Sesjun Radio Shows album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sesjun Radio Shows
Cool Jazz 2010
CHET BAKER Live In Hamburg 1985 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Hamburg 1985
Cool Jazz 2012
CHET BAKER Chet Baker, Philip Catherine ‎: There'll Never Be Another You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker, Philip Catherine ‎: There'll Never Be Another You
Cool Jazz 2015
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Live In London album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Live In London
Hard Bop 2016
CHET BAKER At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1979 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1979
Hard Bop 2017

CHET BAKER demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CHET BAKER re-issues & compilations

CHET BAKER The Trumpet Artistry Of Chet Baker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trumpet Artistry Of Chet Baker
Cool Jazz 1955
CHET BAKER Cool Baker, Vol.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cool Baker, Vol.1
Hard Bop 1983
CHET BAKER Sentimental Walk in Paris album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Sentimental Walk in Paris
Cool Jazz 1985
CHET BAKER The Complete Pacific Jazz Live Recordings of the Chet Baker Quartet With Russ Freeman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Pacific Jazz Live Recordings of the Chet Baker Quartet With Russ Freeman
Cool Jazz 1986
CHET BAKER The Best of Chet Baker Sings album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Best of Chet Baker Sings
Cool Jazz 1989
CHET BAKER Seven Faces of Valentine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Seven Faces of Valentine
Cool Jazz 1990
CHET BAKER Jazz 'Round Midnight: Chet Baker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz 'Round Midnight: Chet Baker
Cool Jazz 1991
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Plays and Sings the Great Ballads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Plays and Sings the Great Ballads
Cool Jazz 1992
CHET BAKER Grey December album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grey December
Cool Jazz 1992
CHET BAKER Verve Jazz Masters 32 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Verve Jazz Masters 32
Cool Jazz 1994
CHET BAKER Complete 1959 Milano Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete 1959 Milano Sessions
Cool Jazz 1994
CHET BAKER Young Chet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Young Chet
Cool Jazz 1995
CHET BAKER Stairway to the Stars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stairway to the Stars
Cool Jazz 1996
CHET BAKER This Is Jazz album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
This Is Jazz
Cool Jazz 1996
CHET BAKER White Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
White Blues
Cool Jazz 1996
CHET BAKER On a Misty Night album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On a Misty Night
Cool Jazz 1996
CHET BAKER Night Birds & Broken Wings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night Birds & Broken Wings
Cool Jazz 2000
CHET BAKER Jazz Masters: The Story of Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Masters: The Story of Jazz
Cool Jazz 2000
CHET BAKER My Old Flame album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Old Flame
Cool Jazz 2001
CHET BAKER The Best Of Chet Baker - Ten Best Series album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Chet Baker - Ten Best Series
Cool Jazz 2001
CHET BAKER The Definitive Chet Baker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Definitive Chet Baker
Cool Jazz 2002
CHET BAKER Le Prince De La Ballade album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Le Prince De La Ballade
Cool Jazz 2003
CHET BAKER Chet Baker Sextet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker Sextet
Cool Jazz 2004
CHET BAKER Easy to Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Easy to Love
Cool Jazz 2004
CHET BAKER Riverside Profiles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Riverside Profiles
Cool Jazz 2006
CHET BAKER Chet Baker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker
Cool Jazz 2006
CHET BAKER Too Cool album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Too Cool
Cool Jazz 2007
CHET BAKER Chet Baker / Wolfgang Lackerschmid : Artists Favor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chet Baker / Wolfgang Lackerschmid : Artists Favor
Cool Jazz 2008
CHET BAKER Essential Standards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Essential Standards
Cool Jazz 2009
CHET BAKER Live At The Subway Club album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Subway Club
Cool Jazz 2015
CHET BAKER In Paris - A Selection Of The Legendary Barclay Sessions 1955-1956 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Paris - A Selection Of The Legendary Barclay Sessions 1955-1956
Cool Jazz 2017

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CHET BAKER Reviews

CHET BAKER She Was Too Good to Me

Album · 1974 · Vocal Jazz
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Sean Trane
The least we can say is that the late 60’s and early 70’s were not Chet’s best years. Not far from being the low point of his career (I believe his drugs problem was peaking), that period also represent a major trough in his already lengthy discography, only releasing the present album in a period of at least 5 years. So his only album of that era is relatively unrepresentative, but it’s in the CTI mould (the label it was released on), with the usual chained-to-the-studio suspects as actors, like B James, Laws, Penque, etc. but also some major stars like Desmond, Carter, JDJ, Gadd, Friedman, and a few others.

Opening on the ultra-known Autumn Leaves cover, you’ll get right away the usual soft and friendly and warm CTI sonics. Other covers like Mobley’s Deep Freeze or Mercer’s Tangerine and the album-closing You Or No One are dealt in a very standard way. You’ll also get Chet’s crooning vocals on some drippy ballad tunes like the title track or What I’ll do, but also in a quicker tune like Song In My Heart. The Cd reissue offers a bonus crooner ballad, My Future Just Passed, which fits in rather nicely with the rest of the album.

While the album does clash with the usual CTI pre-soft-jazz standard, I wouldn’t call this a typical CTI album in terms of soundscapes. And if it is one of my preferred Chet works, it is mostly because of the more modern recording techniques, but it’s not like I will find it an essential piece of my collection.

CHET BAKER Witch Doctor

Live album · 1985 · Hard Bop
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js
In the early 50s an active jazz scene developed around the Lighthouse bar in Hermosa Beach an hour south of Los Angelas. Every Sunday, lengthy sessions would take place from 2 PM till 2AM featuring the all-star house band with visiting stars sitting in. On Sunday September 13 1953 there were three sets played at the club. The first set featured only the all-star house band, the third set featured Miles Davis and became the album, “At Last! Miles Davis and the Lighthouse All-Stars”, while the middle set featured Chet Baker and became this album, “Witch Doctor”.

This is a fun set, more like a jam session really. If you are thinking laid back west coast jazz, not really, only one cut has that “cool” vibe, the rest is hot up-tempo bop with a slightly modern hard edge. Of the five cuts, three have the very east coast driven Max Roach on drums which explains those tunes' hard swinging approach. The last two cuts feature the more laid back approach of Shelly Manne on the traps. The rest of the all-star band features greats like Bud Shank, Jimmy Giuffre and many more. One top cut on here is “Winter Wonderland”, which is a fast angular bop reading of the classic tune by Baker and a small quartet with Max Roach echoing Chet’s rapid phrases with syncopated rattles on the snare, Roach’s interest in experimenting with modern approaches to drumming is evident. Another great one is album closer “Witch Doctor” written by saxophonist Bob Cooper which features one of those classic Cab Calloway/Ellington minor key jazz noire repeating riffs, its similar to the sort of material that Charles Mingus would be mining soon.

In late summer on the west coast the weather is about as perfect as it gets, the music on here reflects that open upbeat atmosphere. I wish I could have been at the Lighthouse on this afternoon, it sounds like everyone is having a blast, both the audience and the musicians. This probably isn't the most precise or sensitive playing you will hear from these guys, but it doesn't matter, this one is all about sharing a good time.

CHET BAKER The Best of Chet Baker Sings

Boxset / Compilation · 1989 · Cool Jazz
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Matt
Recorded over five different sessions from late 1953 to 56 with nine different musicians and Chet's trumpet is overdubbed and this actually was quite a new thing at the time in recording bringing splendid results to this collection of songs with all being standards in todays Jazz repertoire. The songwriters included are Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser with the list just going on but one thing for sure is if you were brought up in the fifties and sixties so many of these songs will be very familar with some delightful interpretations from Chet Baker with the his horn overdub just putting the icing on the cake. The trio with Chet's vocals and trumpet are the entire make up of every session with Russ Freeman playing piano on the lot with the majority of the bass and drums by Carson Smith and Bob Neel, Shelley Manne makes an appearance but on only one of the tunes. Chet does not climb heights he sings within a mid range but the feeling is there with a hint of cynicism in his technique bringing a delightful difference to these tunes but alas Chet although a great musician had one of those lifes that seem to afflict so many people with drugs being the problem and was actually found dead on the pavement outside his 2nd story hotel room while in Amsterdam back in 1988 with the self destruction and waste finally coming to its end for him

No slamming band just Chet's vocals with every word sung as clear as a bell bringing a sparkling clarity with "The Thrill Is Gone" being the album's start with the piano intro and Chet's vocal just floating through the tune with his cool trumpet tone just bringing that necessary melancholy component. Gershwin's "But Not For Me" follows with its more up tempo rythmn and Chet's trumpet is delightful with his vocals."Time After Time', "I Get Along With Out You Very Well", " That Old Feeling" are covered with "My Funny Valentine' by Rodgers and Hart being another great laid back interpretation from Chet with that we have all day feel to the delivery within his songs. "Lets Get Lost' is an absolute stand out with its slight up tempo swingin' approach with Russ Freeman giving his piano a workout with a swinger for a solo. Still lots more on this twenty track album and we have to mention the song "Like Someone In Love" with that hint of cynicism from Chet within and the absolutely cool vibe is the best description for this ballad.

Great album for when you just want to relax or like me have had a hard night and would like to hear some beautifully styled jazz in that cool West Coast tradition and keep that wretched headache at bay.

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js wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I've been listening to his early sides on Pacific, nice bebop flavor.
jazzyman63 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
All of his output on Steeplechase
js wrote:
more than 2 years ago
The album I reviewed up above there, "Witch Doctor", is pretty good, otherwise, I would like to have the time to get into his music more. He's. just one more artist I wish I had more time to explore. I do like his relaxed phrasing on the trumpet.
Steve Wyzard wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Chet's best all-instrumental, no-vocals albums:
1) Peace
2) Blues with a feeling
3) Once upon a Summertime

Any other suggestions?

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