Chet Baker & Russ Freeman: Love Nest


Love Nest


Chet Baker (trumpet) and Russ Freeman (piano)


Quartet: Russ Freeman & Chet Baker (Pacific Jazz CDP 7243 8 55453 2 0)

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Chet Baker (trumpet), Russ Freeman (piano), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), Shelly Manne (drums).

Composed by Otto Harbach & Louis A. Hirsch


Recorded: Los Angeles, November 6, 1956


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

On radio during the 1940s and TV in the '50s, comedians Burns & Allen closed each show with cigar-toting George telling his ditzy wife, "Say goodnight, Gracie." To which she'd respond, "Goodnight, Gracie." You hadda be there. Anyhow, Chet Baker crisply swings their theme song as proof that Miles Davis's closely miked, Harmon-muted trumpet style worked at fast tempos as well as on ballads. Pianist Russ Freeman (no relation to The Rippingtons guitarist) steadfastly insisted to naysayers that, uneven as Chet Baker could be, when he was on there was nobody better. In "Love Nest," Baker was ON. Say goodnight, Chet.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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