Chet Baker Baker's Holiday: Plays & Sings Billie Holiday
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- Released: September 19, 1989
- Label: Polygram Records
- 1.Travelin' Light
- 2.Easy Livin'
- 3.That Ole Devil Called Love
- 4.You're My Thrill
- 5.Crazy She Calls Me
- 6.When Your Lover Has Gone
- 7.Mean To Me
- 8.These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
- 9.There Is No Greater Love
- 10.Don't Explain
Personnel: Chet Baker (vocals, flugelhorn); Jimmy Mundy (arranger); Alan Ross, Henry Freeman, Seldon Powell, Leon Cohen, Wilford Holcombe (reeds); Hank Jones (piano); Everett Barksdale (guitar); Richard Davis (bass); Connie Kay (drums).
Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Personnel: Chet Baker (flugelhorn); Everett Barksdale (guitar); Wilford Holcombe, Seldon Powell, L‚on Cohen, Hank Freeman, Alan Ross (reeds); Hank Jones (piano); Connie Kay (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Andrew Nicholas.
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: 05/1965.
Photographers: Herb Snitzer; Charles Stewart .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Seth Rothstein; Richard Seidel.
Arranger: Jimmy Mundy.
BAKER'S HOLIDAY is an endearing and smoky tribute to singing legend Billie Holiday. Backed by a smartly arranged reed section, Chet Baker and his quartet swing with great dynamism on all 10 tracks. Jimmy Mundy's arrangements give this album the feel of a 1940's big band, and Baker seems comfortable recreating some of the mystique and elegance of a bygone era.
On this album, Baker plays only the flugelhorn; the instrument's dark and mellow tone only adds to Baker's already wistful sense of melodiousness. We hear this most poignantly on "Don't Explain," a composition co-written by Billie Holiday herself. Here, Baker mournfully "sings" the melody on his horn, while an English horn echoes him hauntingly. Baker sings on four of the 10 tracks, and his boyish, soft-spoken singing style is right at home with these classic tunes. Here, without copying Holiday, Baker through his elusive musical genius conjures her magic.
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