Chet Baker: Winter Wonderland


Winter Wonderland


Chet Baker (trumpet)


Chet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman (Blue Note 93164)

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Chet Baker (trumpet), Russ Freeman (piano), Joe Mondragon (bass), Shelly Manne (drums).

Composed by Felix Bernard & Richard B. Smith


Recorded: Los Angeles, October 27, 1953


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

For calling birds, a trumpet is the most reliable instrument. Especially if the trumpeter looks like jazz's James Dean. When the youthful Chet Baker blew, feathered friendlies flocked from miles around. To the wunderkind's “Winter Wonderland,” birds in the meadow built a snowman, pretending it was Parson Brown. "Are you married?" they'd ask Chet, who'd say, "No, man." The birds would then twitter and tweet, vying to win Chet's heart. It didn't work, but with his quartet swinging down the lane as snow glistened, the birds flew along and merrily monitored. Nothing could dampen birdie spirits in Chet's winter wonderland.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


  • 1 mrebks // Dec 05, 2008 at 05:31 PM
    a beautiful sight, we're happy tonight. but who'da thought it--Kurtz and Baker strictly for the lower-(and not upper-)case birds?