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