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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.


    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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    Italian Movie Soundtracks

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    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
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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
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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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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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Konitz Meets Mulligan (Pure Pleasure) Konitz Meets Mulligan (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Konitz Meets Mulligan (Pure Pleasure)

    O.K., so it's mono. And, for much of the recording, Mulligan's quartet seems simply to be backing Konitz. But hang on, this is a marvelous little gem. Mulligan on the bariton, Konitz on alto, and - yes - Chet Baker on trumpet. How can you pass this up?



    But this is more than an artifact. This is jazz at its spontaneous and inventive best. Konitz, freed from Stan Kenton, has all sorts of new ideas about these old standards. And, for many of the cuts, as Lee explores the possibilities, you can hear Mulligan purring far in the background (mono, remember), and, every once in a while, moving to the foreground to make a few statements of his own. These two jazz minds talk to each other, tease each other,support and - in a gentle way - challenge each other.



    And, of course, in a few cuts, Baker's sweet trumpet announces itself and joins the two sax players in their explorations. The now-unheralded but extremely deft Carson Smith takes on most of the bass responsibilities, and provides - along with Larry Bunker on drums - a solid stage for Baker, Mulligan, and Konitz to swing on.



    Mulligan, Konitz, and Baker, of course, went their separate ways, Konitz and Mulligan to long and brilliant careers, Baker to a briefer, tragic, but still shining career. This, then, was a moment in time, and is now your chance to catch these giants sharing a stage, playing for and with one another, showing admiration and affection for each other's talents and ideas.
    Mono - so what? This is a treasure from the vaults of Pacific Jazz.



    Musicians:



    • Lee Konitz (alto saxophone)

    • Gerry Mulligan (bassoon)

    • Chet Baker (trumpet)

    • Carson Smith (bass)

    • Joe Mandragon (bass)

    • Larry Bunker (drums)



    Recording: January 1953 at The Haig, Los Angeles, by Richard Bock

    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.



    Side One


    1. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
    2. Broadway
    3. Almost Like Being In Love
    4. Sextet
    5. Oh, Lady Be Good
    6. Bernie's Tune
    7. Oh, Lady Be Good (alternative version)


    Side Two


    1. Too Marvelous For Words
    2. Lover Man
    3. I'll Remember April
    4. These Foolish Things
    5. All The Things You Are

    Lee Konitz & Gerry Mulligan
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    Playboys

    Import

    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 (Awaiting Repress) Alone Together (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Alone Together (Awaiting Repress)

    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

    Import


    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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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 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
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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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  • 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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    Versatile

    Across Versatile's sixteen tracks, Van Morrison interprets some of the very building blocks of modern music in his own utterly unique style. As well as songs originally made famous by the likes of Chet Baker, Sinatra, the Righteous Brothers, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole, Versatile features six stunning new Van compositions, including Broken Record a timeless piece of late-night swing.
    LP 1
    1. Broken Record
    2. A Foggy Day
    3. Let's Get Lost
    4. Bye Bye Blackbird
    5. Skye Boat Song
    6. Take It Easy Baby
    7. Makin' Whoopee
    8. I Get a Kick Out of You
    9. I Forgot That Love Existed


    LP 2
    1. Unchained Melody
    2. Start All Over Again
    3. Only a Dream
    4. Affirmation
    5. The Party's Over
    6. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
    7. They Can't Take That Away from Me

    Van Morrison
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  • Sextet & Quartet Sextet & Quartet Quick View

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    Sextet & Quartet

    Import


    Chet Baker Sextet & Quartet was originally released in Italy on the Celson label, it was issued in the United States as Chet Baker In Milan.

    1. Lady Bird
    2. Cheryl
    3. Tune Up
    4. Line For Lyons
    5. Pent-Up House
    6. Look For The Silver Lining
    7. Indian Summer
    8. My Old Flame
    9. My Funny Valentine
    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 Is Back Chet Is Back Quick View

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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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  • Calendar Girl Calendar Girl Quick View

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    Calendar Girl

    Import


    Jazz critic Will Friedwald has stated that Julie London's records were so popular in the 1950s mainly because she looked so drop-dead gorgeous on the album covers. The marketing hook behind Calendar Girl may just be the main example for those critical of London's musical career, since its sleeve has made it a prized collector's item. The famous wraparound cover depicts cheesecake shots of London posed for every month of the year, while original issues of the album included a more-than-suggestive insert photo of the singer stretched out in bed. While Friedwald's correct about London's physical beauty, he's wrong in suggesting that the vocalist didn't have the talent to go along with her looks. Like Chet Baker, Julie London had an extremely limited vocal range but she did the most with what she had, possessing a special knack for torch songs that cast her in the role of a woman constantly being destroyed by love in general and by men in particular. The cover concept of Calendar Girl is carried over from the concept album, which features a narrative of romance lost and found for each month of the year before ending with one final tune called The Thirteenth Month (which is illustrated by that insert picture of London in bed). Since there aren't quality standards for every month of the year, one of Calendar Girl's pleasures can be found in the numbers written especially for the album, particularly those penned by Bobby Troup, London's husband. The jazz-oriented Troup hit pay dirt with such fine compositions as Route 66, Daddy, and The Meaning of the Blues, but too few of his smart, witty songs have been widely recorded. Calendar Girl is a fun, if often bittersweet, ride and a must-have for fans of classic vocal pop and lounge music.

    - Nick Dedina (All Music)

    1. June In January
    2. February Brings The Rain
    3. Melancholy March
    4. I'll Remember April
    5. People Who Are Born In May
    6. Memphis In June
    7. Sleigh Ride In July
    8. Time For August
    9. September In The Rain
    10. This October
    11. November Twilight
    12. Warm December
    13. The Thirteenth Month
    Julie London
    $32.99
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  • Chet Baker Sings / Chet Baker Sings & Plays (Awaiting Repress) Chet Baker Sings / Chet Baker Sings & Plays (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Chet Baker Sings / Chet Baker Sings & Plays (Awaiting Repress)

    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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  • 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.

    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
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    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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    Import

    Chet Baker was one of the representatives of the West Coast Cool Jazz movement whose life and music appeals to the imagination of the people the most.


    His heroin addiction is well documented, his exploits and misadventures are wrapped in legendary anecdotes.
    But his life story never managed to overshadow his unmistakable talent.


    Chet Baker has one of the most recognizable 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.


    Chet Baker With Strings was recorded during three sessions in 1953 with Zoot Sims & Jack Montrose on tenor sax, Russ Freeman on piano, Shelly Manne on drums and Clifford 'Bud' Shank on alto sax.


    The players are lifted up into the air like a leaf on the breeze by Montrose's delicate string arrangements, while the Baker and Sims interplay on songs like 'Loved Walked In' are amongst the best recorded in jazz history.


    This fully instrumental album is a classic, and now available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1953!

    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
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    Neon Art

    Red Colored Vinyl!


    Previously Unreleased Performances from January 28, 1981 at Parnell's Seattle, WA!


    Cut at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster!


    Just in time for what would have been jazz great Art Pepper's 87th birthday (September 1st) and in cooperation with Art's widow, Laurie Pepper and her label, Widow's Taste Music, Omnivore Recordings is pleased to release the first volume in a series of previously unissued live recordings by Art Pepper called Neon Art.


    From his early recordings with Stan Kenton's and Shorty Rogers' bands and sessions with Chet Baker, Henry Mancini or Quincy Jones, to his own recordings like classics made for Contemporary and Galaxy Records (The Art Pepper Quartet and Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section) Art Pepper built a legacy of recordings that can only be described as legendary. Thankfully, he also left us a narrative, tracing the history of his life and the roadmap with details of his great recordings in the shape of the book, Straight Life, which Art and Laurie authored together.


    The first volume of Neon Art features two tunes drawn from the unissued performances at Parnell's in Seattle, WA on January 28, 1981. Side one features a workout on Art's composition, "Red Car," while side two features "Blues For Blanche," also a Pepper-composed track. Cut at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster and pressed on red vinyl in a see-through jacket, this first volume is aimed at both the longtime Art Pepper aficionado and collector, and to those just coming to know Art's work. It's an entry point into the multifaceted colorful world of Art Pepper. Download card included.

    1. Red Car
    2. Blues For Blanche
    Art Pepper
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    Chet Baker In New York (Bonus Track)

    Import


    Includes bonus track from the same sessions but not included on the original LP

    1. Fair Weather
    2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
    3. Hotel 49
    4. Solar
    5. Blue Thoughts
    6. When Lights Are Low
    7. Soft Winds*


    *Bonus Track

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    Chet Baker And Crew

    Import


    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

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