Chet Baker: Lady Bird
Chet Baker (trumpet)
Chet Baker in Milan (Riverside 9418)
Chet Baker (trumpet),
Glauco Masetti (alto sax), Gianni Basso (tenor sax), Renato Sellani (piano), Franco Cerri (bass), Gen Victory (drums).
Composed by Tadd Dameron.
Recorded: Milan, Italy, September 25, 1959
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
Chet Baker's catalog is frustratingly inconsistent. On certain dates the trumpeter sounds brilliant, sharp and inventive; on others, incoherent and confused. On "Lady Bird," taken from his 1959 sessions in Milan, we hear Baker on one of his better outings, his tone and attack clear as a bell, his ideas well defined, complete and decisively executed with a graceful flow. In some of Baker's lesser efforts during his darker periods there is a distinct sadness in his playing, but not here. The audible joy in his sound is unsurprising given his love of Italy and the Italians' reverence for him (not just for his trumpetingóBaker starred in a few Italian movies in the 1950s as well). He plays confidently and with a touch more aggressiveness than one normally expects from the Prince of Cool, backed by a more-than-competent Italian quintet well studied in American jazz.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic