Personnel: Chet Baker (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn); Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank (baritone saxophone); Bob Brookmeyer (trombone); Alan Ross, Henry Freeman, Seldon Powell, Leon Cohen, Wilford Holcombe (reeds); Russ Freeman, Bobby Scott, Bob James, Hank Jones, Jim McNeely (piano); Kenny Barron (electric piano); Everett Barksdale, Kenny Burrell, Gene Bertoncini (guitar); Bob Whitlock, Carson Smith, Jimmy Bond, Leroy Vinnegar, Michael Fleming, Richard Davis, Ron Carter, George Mraz (bass); Chico Hamilton, Larry Bunker, Bob Neel, Shelly Manne, Peter Littman, Charlie Rice, Connie Kay, Tony Williams, Victor Lewis (drums).
Producers: Richard Bock, Bobby Scott, Luchi DeJesus, Don Sebesky, Cees Schrama.
Compilation producers: Tom Evered, Mantis Evar, Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between October 1952 & February 1983. Includes liner notes by Doug Ramsey.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Blue Note Records "The Definitive" series.
Personnel: Chet Baker (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn); Everett Barksdale, Gene Bertoncini, Kenny Burrell (guitar); Henry Freeman, Wilford Holcombe, Seldon Powell, L?on Cohen, Alan Ross (reeds); Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank (baritone saxophone); Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone); Hank Jones , Jim McNeely, Russ Freeman , Bob James, Bobby Scott (piano); Kenny Barron (electric piano); Chico Hamilton, Connie Kay, Charlie Rice, Larry Bunker, Shelly Manne, Tony Williams , Victor Lewis, Peter Littman, Bob Neel, Carson Smith (drums).
Liner Note Author: Doug Ramsey.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (10/15/1952-02/18/1983); New York, NY (10/15/1952-02/18/1983); Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden (10/15/1952-02/18/1983).
Arrangers: Jack Montrose; Bobby Scott.
This fine sampler has music from most of the periods of trumpeter Chet Baker's career, programmed in chronological order. Baker is heard with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet ("Freeway"), leading his own quartet with pianist Russ Freeman (including "My Funny Valentine"), and on selections from 1964, 1965, 1977, and 1983 ("Stella By Starlight" with Stan Getz). Although far from complete, this CD does give listeners a good glimpse at Baker's playing and singing (he takes vocals on eight of the 13 numbers) and does not shy away from his underrated late-period work. ~ Scott Yanow