Sunday, 30 April 2017

Chet Baker Sings

This is possibly the apex of American Songbook interpretations, at least as far as the 1950s are concerned. Romantic jazz man and heroin addict Chet Baker took every single good idea the previous year had offered and brought them to the next level. Julie is Her Name, Cloud 7 and In the Wee Small Hours were far from perfect but Chet Baker Sings damn well is. He managed to combine the three elements that London, Bennett and Sinatra had used separately and by this artful combination, outdid them all.
The download is the 1956 reissue with 6 extra tracks. Chet led a pretty wild life and is well worth reading up on.

Chet Baker Wikipedia

download album and artwork

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