domingo, 29 de marzo de 2009

Chet Baker - The Art of the Ballad (1998)

MP3 320Kbps 157mb 5% File RecoveryGenre: is part of Prestige's The Art Of The Ballad series. The ballad was jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker's specialty; much of his recording career was devoted to the exploration of jazz standards. This extremely romantic compilation brings together tracks of this ilk from the late '50s and mid '60s, many of the recordings being made overseas. Baker's approach is extremely natural, melodic, and deceptively, disarmingly simple. He plays in clear toned, spacey, lyrical lines that ever so subtly twist the melodies, and sings barely above a whisper on the last two of the 13 tracks in straight toned, haunted phrases that echo his trumpet work. Highlights here include a dreamy version of "Alone Together" with a star-studded line up that includes Pepper Adams, Bill Evans, and Herbie Mann; a swinging "When Lights Are Low"; and a sweet and sultry "Indian Summer." THE ART OF THE BALLAD is perfect romantic late night but two of these 13 tracks date from the late 1950s (the other two were done in 1965), and while Baker's talents were undimmed at this point, this wasn't his best era recording-wise, in terms of either material or bands. For his best you should turn to the earlier Pacific Jazz discs, but this is still a good set of slow and sentimental Baker for those who have heard the peak stuff in this vein and want yet more. "Autumn in New York," recorded in Italy with a string orchestra, is one extreme of his sentimental predilections, yet there's also stuff in a far more straight-ahead vein with the likes of Bill Evans and Kenny Burrell among the backup musicians. "Almost Like Being in Love" is a standout, Baker's trumpet taking on an oddly echoing tone, though with its sharp bebop rhythm it's not really a ballad. Not many vocals on this set, but it does close out with a couple of good Baker- sung standards, "I'm Old Fashioned" and "My Heart Stood Still."
Personnel: Chet Baker (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn); Zoot Sims (alto & tenor saxophones); Herbie Mann (tenor saxophone, flute); George Coleman (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Al Haig, Renato Sellani, Bill Evans, Kirk Lightsey, Bob Corwin, Kenny Drew (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Paul Chambers, Franco Serri, Herman Wright, Earl May, George Morrow (bass); Philly Joe Jones, Gene Victory, Connie Kay, Roy Brooks, Clifford Jarvis (drums)
Recorded between 1958 and 1965. Tracks:
1. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
2. Autumn In New York
3. My Old Flame 4. Alone Together
5. I Should Care
6. When Lights Are Low
7. Stairway To The Stars
8. Indian Summer
9. Almost Like Being In Love
10. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
11. Lament For The Living
12. I'm Old Fashioned
13. My Heart Stood Still

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