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Chet Baker - Mr.B (1983) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

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Chet Baker - Mr.B (1983) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
Chet Baker - Mr.B (1983) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
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© 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6310
Jazz / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Trumpet

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. The quality of Chet Baker's product was so varied during the last decade or more of his life that recording sessions varied markedly. For this "remixed version" of Mr. B Baker sounds a tad tired, though his chops are in fine form. The studio recording captures the trumpeter with highly sympathetic and self-effacing pianist Michel Grallier and bassist Ricardo Del Fra, both of whom engage in the leader's brand of sensitivity. There are no vocals by the trumpeter, but plenty of improvising.
The interesting tune selection features a few songs played often by Baker (such as Wayne Shorter's "Dolphin Dance" and Horace Silver's "Strollin'"), but several that are not associated with him at all (Grallier's "White Blues" and his gorgeous "Father X-mas," to name a couple). There is a sadness permeating the trumpeter's sound throughout, exacerbated by the lazy, sometimes sluggish, tempos. A deep and touching beauty can be felt, marking this as one of Chet's best from the period.
'Dolphin Dance' by Herbie Hancock is a modern jazz classic. The absence of a drummer gives Chet's playing more presence. His own metric conception settles well into this medium tempo ballad. There is some impressive 'open air' blowing.
'Ellen and David', a Chet Baker original: a lovely, bittersweet quality and we can look back with a warm feeling even when tears are near.
'Strollin', in 1960 written by pianist Horace Silver, features softly riveting performances by both Baker and pianist Michel Graillier.
Dave Brubeck's 'In Your Own Sweet Way' is handled by Chet a la early Miles, giving the melody a little goose right on the last note of the theme. Two more Baker originals 'Mister B' and 'Beatrice', the first flowingly uptempo, the second lopingly relaxed, bring another tuneful chapter of Chet Baker's recorded legacy.
As a bonus on this CD 'White Blues' and 'Father Christmas' (both not on LP) with that fine guitar player Philip Catherine in the last piece.

Eight tunes bringing out the more intimate and touching aspects of the Chet Baker sound, a sound well captured in the cosy Studio 44 in Monster, Holland.

01 - Dolphin Dance
02 - Ellen And David
03 - Strollin'
04 - In Your Own Sweet Way
05 - Mister.B
06 - Beatrice
07 - White Blues
08 - Father X-mas
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