This 1999 reissue contains five bonus tracks not included on the original release.
Personnel: Chet Baker (vocals, flugelhorn); Frank Strozier (alto saxophone, flute); Phil Urso (tenor saxophone); Bob James, Hal Galper, Bobby Scott (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Michael Fleming (bass); Charlie Rice (drums).
Producer: Bobby Scott.
Reissue producers: Bryan Koniarz, Jerry Rappaport.
Recorded at A&R Studios, New York, New York on November 14 & 20, 1964. Originally released on Limelight (86003). Includes liner notes by Chet Baker and Dan Morgenstern.
Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves (PolyGram Studios).
This is part of Verve's Verve By Request series.
Personnel: Chet Baker (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Frank Strozier (flute, alto saxophone); Phil Urso (tenor saxophone); Hal Galper, Hilary James , Bobby Scott (piano); Charlie Rice (drums).
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (01/14/1965-02/14/1965); New York, NY (01/14/1965-02/14/1965).
Arrangers: Hal Galper; Phil Urso; Bobby Scott.
After a five year European sojourn (including time in an Italian jail) cool jazz trumpeter Chet Baker returned to the States in good form to record this unusual date for the Limelight label in 1964. For starters, he was playing flugelhorn, an instrument he'd recently acquired to replace a stolen trumpet in France. Secondly, the date was produced by Bobby Scott, the English composer of "A Taste Of Honey," included here as a bonus track. Baker sings the folk-like melody with conviction, accompanied only by Scott himself on piano. In fact, Baker's plaintive vocals on this tune and others like Mel Torme's "Born To be Blue" and Ray Noble's "The Touch Of Your Lips" represent his best singing on record in a decade.
The session is smartly divided between these minimally accompanied vocals--the understated guitarist Kenny Burrell makes a welcome appearance on some--and straight-ahead instrumentals with full combo including the fine altoist Frank Strozier. The rich-toned flugelhorn suits Baker's characteristic lyricism and he negotiates pianist Hal Galper's originals with aplomb.