Chet Baker (with Phil Urso): To Mickey's Memory


To Mickey's Memory


Chet Baker (trumpet)


Chet Baker & Crew

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Chet Baker (trumpet), Phil Urso (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Peter Littman (drums),

Bill Loughbrough (chromatic tympani)


Recorded: Los Angeles, July 24, 25 & 31, 1956


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Chet Baker's collaborations with Gerry Mulligan made jazz history. Baker's work with pianist Russ Freeman also are widely admired and still sell well more than 50 years later. But let's not forget Chet's work with tenor saxophonist Phil Urso, featured on this hot and swinging track from their Chet Baker & Crew LP. Urso was a Prez disciple with a knack for hard-bop phrasing, and his presence tended to prod Chet into a more aggressive frame of mind, a nice change-up from the more ethereal Mulligan sides. Bill Loughborough's contribution on his homemade "chromatic tympani" is another highlight here. Somebody should track down that contraption and bring it back into the studio! All in all, "To Mickey's Memory" is a great performance, one of the neglected gems in Baker's Eisenhower-era discography.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 Joe Urso // Apr 15, 2008 at 02:23 PM
    A mistake by a Rocky Mtn News Re: Phil Urso/ In Woody's Four Bros Herd Phil Urso took AL COHNs place in the 4 Bros sax section..NOT Stan Getz! This was in 1950. Woody only selected certain tenormen to play, EARLY AUTUMN the 3 best were, Getz'49 of course, Bill Perkins '54 and lastly PHIL URSO ' was Phils 1st and last time he ever played Early Autumn...he left Woody to Free Lance in NYC and it was the RIGHT choice. Phils brother Joe Urso April 15, 2008 (good work TED)