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  • Chet is Back! (45RPM) Chet is Back! (45RPM) Quick View

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    Chet is Back! (45RPM)

    Mastered from the Original Tapes and Stunning Audiophile-Grade Sonics: You Will Not Hear a Better Pressing!


    Chet is back! And how. In a career filled with ups and downs, Chet Baker sounds divine on this 1962 set of bop-driven tunes and elegant standards cut in Italy after the trumpeter's two-year hiatus from recording. Reason for its superiority owes to a sextet anchored by burgeoning, young European musicians such as saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, pianist Amedeo Tommasi, guitarist Rene Thomas, and bassist Benoit Quersin.


    Compositionally, ballads (including These Foolish Things and the only new composition, Ballata In Forma Di Blues) are tucked in between a surfeit of engaging, uptempo pieces. Yet the most staggering revelation here, aside from the fact that, no exaggeration, Chet Is Back! might contain the cool musician's most gorgeous playing, is the version of Over the Rainbow, given a reading that encapsulates the classic songs longing, hope, and beauty. Noteworthy, too, are Jaspar's statement-making performances.


    Now, an even 50 years after its original release, Chet Is Back! benefits from the audiophile-quality sound it's always deserved courtesy of ORG Music and being mastered from the original master tapes. Few, if any, audiophile pressings of Baker's music match the tones and timbres present on this astoundingly transparent reissue. It's what jazz is all about.


    Musicians:

    Chet Baker, trumpet, vocals

    Bobby Jaspar, flute, tenor sax

    Rene Thomas, guitar

    Daniel Humair, drums

    Benoit Quersin, bass

    Amadeo Tommasi, piano

    1. Well, You Needn't
    2. These Foolish Things
    3. Barbados
    4. Star Eyes
    5. Over The Rainbow
    6. Pent Up House
    7. Ballata In Forma Di Blues
    8. Blues In The Closet
    Chet Baker
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  • Chet Baker And Crew (Pure Pleasure) Chet Baker And Crew (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Chet Baker And Crew (Pure Pleasure)

    The numbers heard on Chet Baker & Crew were among a prolific flurry of recordings Baker was involved in during the last week of July 1956 - fresh from an extended European stay. The crew on these sides includes Phil Urso (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Peter Littman (drums), and of course Baker (trumpet/vocals). Joining the combo on both the original as well as the alternate take of "To Mickey's Memory" and "Pawnee Junction" is Bill Loughbrough (chromatic tympani). His unmistakable percussive accents and tuned drum solos give these West Coast bop tracks uniquely Polynesian intonations. The band members take full advantage of their individual roles and abilities as soloists to really stretch out on "Slightly Above Moderate" and the Urso-credited composition "Halema" - named after Baker's wife. The chemistry of cool that flows between Urso and Baker is perhaps at its finest during the seamless exchange heard on "Worryin' The Life Out Of Me". Timmons also boasts notable contributions throughout. His playful and scampering style dresses up the bluesy "Lucius Lu" and "Line for Lyons", among others. The latter is also notable as it contains the sole Baker vocal on this set.



    This LP reissue of Chet Baker & Crew increases the original eight-song Pacific Jazz collection to include all 14 tracks completed during three sessions in late July 1956 at the Forum Theater in Los Angeles.



    Musicians:



    • Chet Baker (trumpet, vocal)

    • Phil Urso (tenor saxophone)

    • Bobby Timmons (piano)

    • Jimmy Bond (bass)

    • Peter Littman (drums)

    • Bill Loughbrough (timpani)



    Recording: July 1956 at the Forum Theater, Los Angeles

    Production: Richard Bock



    Format: 2 LPs 33rpm



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. To Mickey's Memory
    2. Slightly Above Moderate
    3. Halema
    4. Revelation
    5. Something For Liza
    6. Lucius Lu
    7. Worrying The Life Out Of Me
    8. Medium Rock
    9. To Mickey's Memory (Alternate Take)
    10. Jumpin' Off A Clef
    11. Chippyin'
    12. Pawnee Junction
    13. Music To Dance By
    14. Line For Lyons
    Chet Baker
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  • Chet Is Back Chet Is Back Quick View

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    Chet Is Back

    Recorded in Rome, Italy at RCA's studios, Chet Is back! is the 1962 studio album by the undisputed master of the trumpet, Chet Baker. Backed by a group of up-and-coming European jazz musicians, which included Belgian saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, Belgian guitarist Rene Thomas, Italian pianist Amedeo Tommasi, French bassist Benoit Quersin, and Swiss drummer Daniel Humair, according to critics Chet Baker may have never sounded better.


    The album features compositions by other jazz musicians like Thelonious Monk's Well, You Needn't, Charlie Parker's Barbados and Sonny Rollins' Pent Up House. The album also includes an original composition by Amedeo Tommasi entitled Ballata in forma di blues. Ballads are featured as well, including the classic Academy Award-winning Over the Rainbow.

    1. Well You Needn't
    2. These Foolish Things
    3. Barbados
    4. Star Eyes
    5. Over The Rainbow
    6. Pent Up House
    7. Ballata In Forma Di Blues
    8. Blues In The Closet
    Chet Baker
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  • Playboys Playboys Quick View

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    Playboys

    1. For Minors Only
    2. Minor Yours
    3. Resonant Emotions
    4. Tynan Time
    5. Picture Of Heath
    6. For Miles And Miles
    7. C.T.A.
    8. Little Girl
    Chet Baker
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  • Alone Together Alone Together Quick View

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    Alone Together

    Chet Baker with guest star Bill Evans presents Alone Together. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. Alone Together
    2. How High The Moon
    3. It Never Entered My Mind
    4. 'Tis Autumn
    5. If You Could See Me Now
    6. September Song
    7. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
    8. Time On My Hands
    9. You And The Night And The Music
    10. Alone Together (1955 Version)
    Chet Baker
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  • Chet Baker Sings Chet Baker Sings Quick View

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    Chet Baker Sings

    Chet Baker made his musical debut in 1952 as an integral member of Gerry Mulligan's modernist piano-less quartet, by all accounts marking the beginning of the post-bop West Coast style. So it came as quite a surprise when Baker made his singing debut on this seminal 1954 release at the age of 24. Baker's sideline singing here reveals his songful roots in the swing of Harry James and other formative influences while the innocence of his All-American vocals make for an eerily cool listening experience as well as an authentically satisfying one. Throughout, pianist Russ Freeman's warm, solid touch serves as the perfect foil for Baker's affectless romanticism as heard to stunning affect on the definitive version of My Funny Valentine found herein.
    1. That Old Feeling
    2. It's Always You
    3. Like Someone In Love
    4. My Ideal
    5. I've Never Been In Love Before
    6. My Buddy
    7. But Not For Me
    8. Time After Time
    9. I Get Along Without You Very Well
    10. My Funny Valentine
    11. There Will Never Be Another You
    12. Thrill Is Gone
    13. I Fall In Love To Easily
    14. Look For The Silver Lining
    Chet Baker
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  • Chet Chet Quick View

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    Chet

    Includes Bonus Track!


    Every musician has his area of expertise and for Chet Baker that area was the ballad. Therefore, this album dedicated entirely to ballads, gives listeners a chance to hear Baker doing what he does bestand when Chet Baker does what he does best, he does it better than any other trumpet player in the history of jazz. For this session, recorded on 30 December 1958 at NYCs Reeves Sound Studios, the poster child of West Coast cool jazz (who had just turned 29) assembled a superlative East Coast sextet that featured the unusual front-line combination of flute (Herbie Mann), trumpet (Baker) and baritone (Pepper Adams), departing occasionally from this format, however, to showcase the guitar playing of Kenny Burrell. Pianist Bill Evans, Philly Joe Jones (drums), Paul Chambers (bass), all well-known for their association with Miles Davis, and all some of the top names in jazz are also featured here, along with drummer Connie Kay of the Modern Jazz Quartet. This album represents some of the last studio work Baker did before emigrating permanently to Europe. It also includes one of Bakers own compositions, Early Morning Mood, recorded at the same studio and with the same line-up on 19 January 1959, as a bonus track.

    Side A:
    1. Alone Together
    2. How High The Moon
    3. It Never Entered My Mind
    4.Tis Autumn
    5. If You Could See Me Now


    Side B:

    1. September Song
    2. Youd Be So Nice To Come Home To
    3. Time On My Hands
    4. You And The Night And The Music
    5. Early Morning Good

    Chet Baker
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  • Sings Sings Quick View

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    Sings

    Chet Baker presents Sings. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. That Old Feeling
    2. It's Always You
    3. Like Someone In Love
    4. My Ideal
    5. I've Never Been In Love Before
    6. My Buddy
    7. But Not For Me
    8. Time After Time
    9. I Get Along Without You Very Well
    10. My Funny Valentine
    11. There Will Never Be Another You
    12. The Thrill Is Gone
    13. I Fall In Love Too Easily
    14. Look For The Silver Lining
    Chet Baker
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  • Chet Baker In New York Chet Baker In New York Quick View

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    Chet Baker In New York

    A uniformly brilliant effort from cool-toned trumpeter Chet Baker in his first ever appearance as a leader for the New York-based label Riverside Records,
    In New York is the epitome of West Coast cool meets East Coast sensibility. Teaming up with pianist Al Haig, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, bassist
    Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, Baker's laid-back mastery is on full display throughout this historic session.


    Marked by an uncanny group unity, which gives rise to many outstanding supporting solos, the tracks captured on In New York alternatingly effervesce
    with a California-cool introspection ("Polka Dots And Moonbeams") and percolate with driving intensity ("Hotel 49"). An excellent survey of Baker's style
    and prowess as a leader, Chet Baker In New York is highly recommended as THE album to own for anyone curious about diving in to his illustrious
    catalog.

    1. Fair Weather
    2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
    3. Hotel 49
    4. Solar
    5. Blue Thoughts
    6. When Lights Are Low
    Chet Baker
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  • Chet Baker Sings / Chet Baker Sings & Plays Chet Baker Sings / Chet Baker Sings & Plays Quick View

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    Chet Baker Sings / Chet Baker Sings & Plays

    Import


    2 LP's on 180GR 2LP Gatefold

    LP 1 - Chet Baker Sings


    1. That Old Feeling
    2. It's Always You
    3. Like Someone In Love
    4. My Ideal
    5. I've Never Been In Love Before
    6. My Buddy
    7. But Not For Me
    8. Time After Time
    9. I Get Along Without You Very Well
    10. My Funny Valentine
    11. There Will Never Be Another You
    12. The Thrill Is Gone
    13. I Fall In Love Too Easily
    14. Look For The Silver Lining


    LP 2 - Chet Baker Sings & Plays


    1. Let's Get Lost
    2. This Is Always
    3. Long Ago And Far Away
    4. Someone To Watch Over Me
    5. Just Friends
    6. I Wish I Knew
    7. Daybreak
    8. You Don't Know What Love Is
    9. Grey December
    10. I Remember You

    Chet Baker
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  • Featuring Dick Twardzick Recorded In Paris Featuring Dick Twardzick Recorded In Paris Quick View

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    Featuring Dick Twardzick Recorded In Paris

    This session, recorded at Studio Pathe-Magellan October 11, 1955 in Paris, is the first of three recordings for the Barclay label between 1955 and 1956. Chet, with Richard Dick Twardzik on piano, Jimmy Bond on bass and Peter Littmann on drums, performs the beautiful compositions of Robert L. Bob Zieff. A masterpiece!!!


    Reissue using the original photos from Jean-Pierre Leloir, remastered from the original master tapes. Limited edition 750 copies 180-gram vinyl pressed by Pallas in Germany.


    Founded in 2011 by Fred Thomas, Sam Records presents this first reissue. Our repressings pay tribute to the people the musicians, producers, labels, photographers, graphic artists and sound engineers who created the original recordings that have become enduring legends of 1950s and '60s jazz.

    1. Rohdette
    2. Piece Caprice
    3. Mid-Forte
    4. Re-Search
    5. Pomp
    6. Sad Walk
    7. Just Duo
    8. The Girl from Greeland
    9. Brash
    Chet Baker
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  • She Was Too Good To Me She Was Too Good To Me Quick View

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    She Was Too Good To Me

    Chet Baker was one of the most important representatives of the West Coast Cool Jazz movement. His heroin addiction is well documented with his exploits and misadventures wrapped in legendary anecdotes, but thankfully his life story never managed to overshadow his unmistakable talent. Chet Baker has one of the most recognisable sounds of all the jazz musicians in the cannon; his trumpet playing is intimate, simple and delicate with a hint of melancholy that tears at the heartstrings. She Was Too Good To Me was released in 1974 on Creed Taylor's CTI label after a 4 year absence from the scene. And what a comeback: excellent vocal Cool Jazz tunes are interlude with instrumental goodness from the undisputed master of the trumpet.
    1. Autumn Leaves
    2. She Was Too Good To Me
    3. Funk In Deep Freeze
    4. Tangerine
    5. With A Song In My Heart
    6. What'll I Do
    7. It's You Or No One
    Chet Baker
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  • Sings & Strings Sings & Strings Quick View

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    Sings & Strings

    Import
    Side A


    The Thrill Is Gone
    Look For The Silver Lining
    But Not For Me
    Time After Time
    My Funny Valentine
    I Get Along Without You Very Well
    There Will Never Be Another You
    I Fall In Love Too Easily
    Someone To Watch Over Me


    Side B


    Daybreak
    Just Friends
    I Remember You
    Lets Get Lost
    Long Ago And Far Away
    That Old Feeling
    Like Someone In Love
    My Ideal


    CHET BAKER & STRINGS


    Side A


    I Married An Angel
    Love Walked In
    A Little Duet For Zoot And Chet
    You Better Go Now
    Why Shouldn´t I?
    Trickleydidlier
    I´m Through With Love
    You Don´t Know What Love Is


    Side B


    What A Diff´rence A Day Made
    The Wind
    Love
    I Love You
    I Should Care
    Autumn In New York
    Goodbye
    CAT. NR

    Chet Baker
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  • Chet Baker Quartet Chet Baker Quartet Quick View

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    Chet Baker Quartet

    This session was recorded at Studio Pathe-Magellan in Paris, on Monday October 24, 1955 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.


    On October 24th only Jimmy Bond was still with Chet: Peter littman had returned to America, and his seat was now accupied by Nils-Bertil 'Bert' Dahlander, a Swedish drummer who'd accompanied Lars Gullin. At the keyboard was an almost-unknown pianist named GÉrard Gustin who'd just been signed to a contract by Eddie Barclay. Given the context, they were obliged to fall back on standards. Chet knew how to play these better than anyone. He chose eight: These Foolish Things, which stayed in his quartet's rÉpertoire for a while, and five others, which the trumpeter performs here for the first time: There's a Small Hotel, Autumn In New York, Summertime, You Go To My Head, Tenderly - and two - I'll Remember April and Lover Man - that he'd done less than ten days earlier together with Lars Gullin and Dick Twardzik, whose disappearance was still something Chet refused to accept. Given this state of affairs, the whole session exudes a kind of sadness that's impossible to put down, whatever the choice of tune or tempo.


    Never before had Chet been as totally moving as he is throughout You Go To My Head.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Summertime
    2. You Go To My Head
    3. Tenderly
    4. Lover Man
    5. Small Hotel
    6. I'll Remember April
    7. These Foolish Tings
    8. Autumn In New York
    Chet Baker
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  • Chet Baker And Crew Chet Baker And Crew Quick View

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    Chet Baker And Crew

    The numbers heard on Chet Baker & Crew were among a prolific flurry of recordings Baker was involved in during the last week of July 1956 -- fresh from an extended European stay. Sessions were held every day from the 23rd through the 31st, which resulted in such classic titles as The Route, Chet Baker Sings, and Chet Baker Quintet at the Forum -- which is also available under the title Young Chet -- as well as Chet Baker & Crew. The crew on these sides includes Phil Urso (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Peter Littman (drums), and of course Baker (trumpet/vocals). Joining the combo on both the original as well as the alternate take of To Mickey's Memory and Pawnee Junction is Bill Loughbrough (chromatic tympani). His unmistakable percussive accents and tuned drum solos give these West Coast bop tracks uniquely Polynesian intonations. The band members take full advantage of their individual roles and abilities as soloists to really stretch out on Slightly Above Moderate and the Urso-credited composition Halema -- named after Baker's wife. The chemistry of cool that flows between Urso and Baker is perhaps at its finest during the seamless exchange heard on Worryin' the Life Out of Me. Timmons also boasts notable contributions throughout. His playful and scampering style dresses up the bluesy Lucius Lu and Line for Lyons, among others. The latter is also notable as it contains the sole Baker vocal on this set.

    -All Music Guide
    1. To Mickey's Memory
    2. Slightly Above Moderate
    3. Halema
    4. Revelation
    5. Something for Liza
    6. Lucius Lu
    7. Worrying the Life Out of Me
    8. Medium Rock
    9. Line for Lyons*


    *Bonus Track

    Chet Baker
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  • Sings A Song With Mulligan (Pure Pleasure) Sings A Song With Mulligan (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Sings A Song With Mulligan (Pure Pleasure)

    Singer Annie Ross' first solo album after joining Lambert, Hendricks & Ross finds her at the peak of her powers. Ross is joined by two versions of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet with either Chet Baker or Art Farmer on trumpet, Bill Crow or Henry Grimes on bass, and drummer Dave Bailey. Annie Ross is at her best (and most appealing) on I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face, Give Me the Simple Life, How About You, and The Lady's in Love With You, but all 14 selections are quite rewarding and her interplay with baritonist Mulligan is consistently memorable.



    Musicians:



    • Annie Ross (vocal)

    • Gerry Mulligan (bassoon)

    • Chet Baker, Art Farmer (trumpet)

    • Henry Grimes (bass)

    • Dave Bailey (drums)




    Recorded December 1957 in New York and February and September 1958 in Los Angeles



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. I Feel Pretty
    2. I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face
    3. All of You
    4. Give Me the Simple Life

    5. This Is Always
    6. My Old Flame
    7. This Time the Dream's on Me

    8. Let There Be Love
    9. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Gerry Mulligan, Annie Ross,
    10. How About You?
    11. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
    12. This Is Always [Alternate Version]
    13. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

    14. Lady's in Love with You
    15. You Turned the Tables on Me
    16. I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face [Alternate Version]
    Annie Ross
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  • Chet is Back (Speakers Corner) Chet is Back (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Chet is Back (Speakers Corner)

    Forty-two years ago, Chet Baker - one of the most tragic figures of jazz who lived on the fast lane and ruined himself with drugs and alcohol - was constantly on the road from one European jazz club to another. Local rhythm groups were not always top notch so it was only logical to pick the very best from several countries for a film-music production in Italy. And it was equally logical that RCA's Italian subsidiary brought the musicians into the studio in January 1962.



    With one exception, the eight titles on this disc are all so-called standards. The two winds demand total concentration from the rhythm section while maintaining relaxed and laid-back harmonic patterns. And this is something the Italian Tommasi, the Belgian Thomas, the Frenchman Quersin and the Swiss Humair carry off with an air of nonchalance. The two ballads These Foolish Things and the only new composition Ballata In Forma Di Blues are tucked in between the other numbers and give the listener space to breathe. They are surrounded by numbers with a fast tempo, all of which demonstrate Chet Baker's and Bobby Jaspar's high standard of musicianship. And then there is Over The Rainbow, whose theme is coupled with another tragic figure of music history, Judy Garland: Chet on his trumpet conjures up pure magic in the middle section.



    Happily, these recordings - made in Rome in 1962 - are not purely restricted to collectors living in the Sixties. This re-release on LP now offers the opportunity to listen to some excellent music and to enjoy the cover - just as it was on the original recording: a priceless gem!




    Musicians:



    • Chet Baker (trumpet)

    • Bobby Jaspar (tenor saxophone, flute)

    • Amadeo Tommasi (piano)

    • RenÉ Thomas (guitar)

    • Benoit Quersin (bass)

    • Daniel Humair (drums)




    Recording: January 1962 in Rome, Italy




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Well, You Neednt
    2. These Foolish Things
    3. Barbados
    4. Star Eyes
    5. Over The Rainbow
    6. Pent Up House
    7. Ballata In Forma Di Blues
    8. Blues In The Closet
    Chet Baker
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Chet Is Back

    Chet Baker presents Chet Is Back. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. Well, You Needn't
    2. These Foolish Things
    3. Barbados
    4. Star Eyes
    5. Over The Rainbow
    6. Pent-Up House
    7. Ballata In Forma Di Blues
    8. Blues In The Closet
    Chet Baker
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  • Chet Baker & Strings (Pure Pleasure) Chet Baker & Strings (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Chet Baker & Strings (Pure Pleasure)

    This release offers a unique glimpse of a young Chet Baker in a quintet setting, complemented by a nine-piece string section. Utilizing the uniquely modern arrangements of Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich, Jack Montrose, and Shorty Rogers, this interaction of 'West Coast cool' with primordial elevator music escapes many - if not indeed all - of the potential sonic pitfalls such a marriage might suggest. In the truest sense of the word augmentation, the string arrangements provide the desired opulence sans the heavy-handed or syrupy residual effects. Perhaps most inspiring about this outing is the success with which Baker and crew are able to thrive in this environment, providing subtle insight into the quintet's ability to simultaneously adapt and explore. Love Walked In incorporates a trademark volley of interaction between Baker and Sims. Love contains what is arguably the most successful implementation of the string section, as well as some stellar soloing by Freeman. In fact, his contributions to this particular recording rank among his finest with Baker and company. The same enthusiasm can likewise be applied to A Little Duet for Zoot and Chet. Not only are Sims and Baker in top flight, but the string arrangement swings irresistibly as well. The easygoing and otherwise winding strings support the cool bop like a kite in a March breeze - light, airy, and conspicuous only in altitude.



    Tracks A 7 & 8 and B 7 are bonus tracks not on original release.



    Musicians:



    • Chet Baker (trumpet)

    • Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone)

    • Jack Montrose (tenor saxophone)

    • Bud Shank (alto saxophone)

    • Russ Freeman (piano)

    • Joe Mondragon (bass)

    • Shelly Manne (drums)



    Recording: December 1953

    Production: Richard Bock




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. You Don't Know What Love Is

    2. I'm Thru With Love
    3. Love Walked In
    4. You Better Go Now
    5. I Married An Angel
    6. Love
    7. I Love You
    8. What A Difference A Day Made
    9. Why Shouldn't I?
    10. A Little Duet For Zoot And Chet
    11. The Wind
    12. Trickleydidlier
    Chet Baker
    $34.99
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  • Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker: Carnegie Hall Concert (Speakers Corner) Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker: Carnegie Hall Concert (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker: Carnegie Hall Concert (Speakers Corner)

    The third encounter of the cool, swinging art of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker took place in New York's Carnegie Hall on a cold November day in 1974. So-called Cool Jazz had long since arrived and become popular on the East Coast with the result that the concert hall must have been filled to the last seat. The two hadn't performed together on stage for ten years, rivalry and who knows what else had put an end to the highly successful pianoless quartet.



    In spite of the enormously high expectations - the Carnegie Hall fills all musicians with awe due to the echoes of concerts given by such classical and jazz great as Artur Rubinstein, George Gershwin and their successors over many generations - every melody is wonderfully relaxed from the very first note on. This is surely due to the excellent rhythm group (with piano!). This is made up of musicians from the 'new generation' - musicians who were sucking on dummies in their prams when the two veterans came together for the first time in 1952.
    Oldies such as Bernie's Tune, My Funny Valentine and Line For Lyons, and new compositions like Song For Strayhorn and Song For An Unfinished Woman constitute a successful blend both for the two performers on stage and the audience alike. And there is no experimenting - no one wants to play or hear that - however the high level of communication is tangible everywhere.



    It makes sense to release the two individual LPs as a double album. What's more: the cover photo is exactly the same for both releases and you get almost 80 minutes of West Coast cool-hot jazz at its very best!



    Musicians:



    • Gerry Mulligan (bassoon)

    • Chet Baker (trumpet)

    • Ed Byrne (trombone)

    • Bob James (piano, electric piano)

    • John Scofield (guitar)

    • Dave Samuels (vibraphone)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Harvey Mason (drums)




    Recording: November 1974 at Carnegie Hall, New York, by Dave Hewitt and John Venable

    Production: Creed Taylor





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Line for Lyons
    2. For an Unfinished Woman
    3. My Funny Valentine
    4. Song for Strayhorn
    5. It's Sandy at the Beach
    6. K-4 Pacific
    7. There Will Never Be Another You
    8. Bernie's Tune
    Gerry Mulligan
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce! You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce! Quick View

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    You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!

    A busy bassist on the Los Angeles jazz scene, Curtis Counce performed with many of the greats: Stan Kenton, Gerald Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, Al Perkins, and Frank Butler, and could be heard on recordings with Maynard Ferguson, Art Pepper, and Chet Baker, displaying his fine technique and admirable sense of time.
    On one of his few albums as a leader, Counce is presented in the kind of buoyant company that was not often associated with the phrase West Coast Jazz. The album features two originals, "Counceltation" and "Complete" as well as a handful of standards. With Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, Carl Perkins and Frank Butler.
    1. Complete
    2. How Deep Is the Ocean?
    3. Too Close for Comfort
    4. Mean to Me
    5. Stranger in Paradise
    6. Counceltation
    7. Big Foot
    Curtis Counce
    $21.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
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    Italian Movie Soundtracks

    Import


    Chet Baker had a long and complicated relationship with Italy. It was a country where he was both imprisoned and adored. His first visit there took place in 1955, during his first successful European tour. It was during this tour that the quartet's pianist, the talented Dick Twardzik, tragically died in Paris from a heroin overdose. Baker was devastated, and following Twardzik's death - for which he felt some level of responsibility - the trumpeter submerged himself in the drug world and in a self-destructive spiral which would last for the rest of his life. Baker would stay in Europe for a number of months after Twardzik's death, playing with different local musicians.


    Baker made his way back to New York in mid-1956 and wouldn't return to Italy until the 1959 trip that yielded the recordings included here. In fact, as Ezio Leoni (the musician in charge of the sessions) explained that Chet's trip to Milan took place in order to make two albums (one with strings and orchestra, the other with a small combo of Italian players). Baker was already an addict when the contract was signed, and before he could travel he was imprisoned in the States. Therefore, the sessions had to be postponed and shortly after this music was recorded Baker would be imprisoned again, this time in Italy. Prior to his Italian imprisonment he made the two albums expected of him and recorded some interesting tracks for movie soundtracks with different bands conducted by Piero Umiliani, which are presented on this LP. All of that music is also contained here, including a vocal version of "Arrivederci" which has been taken from the original movie itself and, for that reason, has some odd overdubbed dialogues in Italian.

    1. Tensione
    2. Alone In A Crowd (Solti Ignoti)
    3. Relaxin' With Chet
    4. I Soliti Ignoti (Lyda / Movimenti Con Swing)
    5. Tema D'Amore (Sentirsi Solo)
    6. Arrivederci
    7. Smog (Introduzione e Finale)
    8. Twilight In Los Angeles (Smog Versione Strumentale)
    9. Thinking Blues (Hollywood Tonight)
    10. Improvvisando In Blues
    11. Motorizzazione
    12. Furtivamente
    Chet Baker
    $27.99
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  • Chet is Back! Chet is Back! Quick View

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    Chet is Back!

    Mastered from the Original Tapes and Stunning Audiophile-Grade Sonics: You Will Not Hear a Better Pressing!


    Chet is back! And how. In a career filled with ups and downs, Chet Baker sounds divine on this 1962 set of bop-driven tunes and elegant standards cut in Italy after the trumpeter's two-year hiatus from recording. Reason for its superiority owes to a sextet anchored by burgeoning, young European musicians such as saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, pianist Amedeo Tommasi, guitarist Rene Thomas, and bassist Benoit Quersin.


    Compositionally, ballads (including These Foolish Things and the only new composition, Ballata In Forma Di Blues) are tucked in between a surfeit of engaging, uptempo pieces. Yet the most staggering revelation here, aside from the fact that, no exaggeration, Chet Is Back! might contain the cool musician's most gorgeous playing, is the version of Over the Rainbow, given a reading that encapsulates the classic songs longing, hope, and beauty. Noteworthy, too, are Jaspar's statement-making performances.


    Now, an even 50 years after its original release, Chet Is Back! benefits from the audiophile-quality sound it's always deserved courtesy of ORG Music and being mastered from the original master tapes. Few, if any, audiophile pressings of Baker's music match the tones and timbres present on this astoundingly transparent reissue. It's what jazz is all about.


    Musicians:

    Chet Baker, trumpet, vocals

    Bobby Jaspar, flute, tenor sax

    Rene Thomas, guitar

    Daniel Humair, drums

    Benoit Quersin, bass

    Amadeo Tommasi, piano

    1. Well, You Needn't
    2. These Foolish Things
    3. Barbados
    4. Star Eyes
    5. Over The Rainbow
    6. Pent Up House
    7. Ballata In Forma Di Blues
    8. Blues In The Closet
    Chet Baker
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Ballads For Two

    Chet Baker often sounded at his best during his later years when playing with a quiet trio consisting of himself, guitar and a bassist. For this reissue from the German Inak label, the trumpeter is joined in 1979 not only by guitarist Larry Coryell and bassist Buster Williams but by the mellow-toned vibraphonist Wolfgang Lackerschmid (who gets co-leadership) and a very restrained Tony Williams on drums. Although the CD only has 36 minutes of music, the mostly little-known material (five originals by the sidemen plus Here's That Rainy Day) suits Baker fine. The emphasis is on slower tempoes (other than Buster Williams's closing blues) including a pair of jazz waltzes and Baker's chops sound fine within the limited scope that he plays. The overall results are not essential but are worthwhile.

    -All Music
    1. Blue Bossa
    2. Five Years Ago
    3. Why Shouldn't You Cry
    4. Dessert
    5. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
    6. You Don't Know What Love Is
    7. Waltz For Susan
    Chet Baker & Wolfgang Lackerschmid
    $32.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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