Chet Baker: But Not For Me


But Not For Me


Chet Baker (trumpet)


Chet Baker Sings (Pacific Jazz 1222)

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Chet Baker (trumpet), Russ Freeman (piano), Carson Smith (bass), Bob Neel (drums).

Composed by George and Ira Gershwin


Recorded: Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, February 15, 1954


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

The late Richard Bock, who produced this recording (and so many other classic West Coast jazz sessions) once confided to me that Chet Baker, in his opinion, played his very best trumpet on this debut session as a vocalist. It's hard to disagree. Not since Lester Young accompanied Billie Holiday had a jazz soloist managed to add such melodically succinct interludes to a vocal date. And those who have only heard Chet Baker sing on records made late in his career need to go back to this 1954 date to experience the magic of this music. One of the great moments for jazz on the dream coast.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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