Friday, March 16, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Album:Chet Baker Big Band
Trumpeter Chet Baker is a legendary figure in jazz probably because he had a cool look. As I've said before, he was a very good musician but was damaged by his drug abuse. His legend seems to have grown since his death. But he was a big part of the Los Angeles jazz scene and made some great records in the 50s for Pacific Jazz. This 1955 recording is called Chet Baker's Big Band but only part of the record has a big band. The rest features a smaller group including this excellent version of Tenderly. Musicians include Frank Rosolino on trombone, Phil Urso on sax, Bobby Timmons on piano and Jimmy Bond on bass. Jimmy Heath was the arranger. Blue Note rereleased this in 1993 with the 1956 Chet Baker Sextet EP tacked on. So it's a good introduction to Baker's music. Not surprisingly, there's very little video footage of Chet Baker from the 50s. So here's a tribute set to the tune of Tenderly that I found on IFilm.