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Chet Baker: The Early Years (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)Chet Baker: The Early Years (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
A primary exponent of the West Coast sound during the 1950s, Chet Baker matched this achievement with a secondary career as a singer, achieving considerable fame and success. However, it was as a jazz trumpeter that he first made his name, winning his first Downbeat poll in 1948 and then making the key recordings that launched the West Coast movement, with the Lighthouse Allstars and then Gerry Mulligan. This 4CD set includes tracks that illustrate the meteoric rise to fame that Baker experienced from 1952 through to 1954 - from when the Mulligan quartet was in full flight to his first vocal and orchestrated recordings. This is one of the first Properbox sets to be issued in new slimline packaging - half the thickness of the original sets but with all the same information and produced to the same exceptional quality. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £15.49 


Chet Baker: Young Chet (CD: Proper)
Taking his initial inspiration from Miles Davis' trumpet style, Chet Baker went on to become a pin-up hero as well as a highly respected player and singer. These 25 tracks, all dating from 1953 and recorded with other members of the West Coast "Cool School", such as Gerry Mulligan and Shelly Manne have all the elements of his style in place and the 8 page booklet with photographs tell the story of this great player. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £6.99 

Chet Baker: Young Chet (CD: Proper)


Chet Baker: & Strings (CD: Columbia)Chet Baker: & Strings (CD: Columbia)
 


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Chet Baker: & Strings (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)
The complete original 1954 Columbia LP which marked the trumpeter's first experience recording with a string orchestra. Alongside him in the studio were Zoot Sims, tenor sax; Jack Montrose, tenor sax; Bud Shank, alto sax; Russ Freeman, piano; Joe Mondragon, bass & Shelley Manne, drums. Includes two bonus tracks from the same sessions.

Limited edition high-definition 180 gram vinyl LP. Includes free MP3 download. (Discovery Records)  


Price:  £18.99 

Chet Baker: & Strings (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)


Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan: The Complete Recordings 1952-1957 (CD: Jazz Dynamics, 5 CDs)Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan: The Complete Recordings 1952-1957 (CD: Jazz Dynamics, 5 CDs)
All of the piano-less quartets are here, including both their classic 1952-53 sessions, which made stars of both Mulligan (baritone sax) and trumpeter Chet Baker as well as their 1957 Reunion LP, plus recordings from the same 1957 sessions with the addition of singer Annie Ross. In addition there are quintets with Lee Konitz, and the two Mulligan-Baker tentet sessions. An interesting Mulligan trio session from the same period, and all of Baker and Mulligan’s known performances from the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival complete this once in a lifetime package. Includes 32-page booklet with new and original liner notes plus rare photos and memorabilia. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £29.99 


Chet Baker: Ensemble & Sextet (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


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Chet Baker: Ensemble & Sextet (CD: Fresh Sound)


Chet Baker Quartet featuring Russ Freeman: Cool Baker Vols 1 & 2 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)Chet Baker Quartet featuring Russ Freeman: Cool Baker Vols 1 & 2 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
A collection of early Fifties recordings from the Chet Baker Quartet which included pianist Russ Freeman. The trumpeter had already made a name for himself and raised the profile of the West Coast cool school with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. Originally issued on a variety of 10 inch LPs and 78s they were later compiled all together on two volumes of “Cool Baker”. This edition includes some alternative takes. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Chet Baker Quartet featuring Russ Freeman (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)

Includes 8 bonus tracks. Limited edition high definition 180 g vinyl LP 


Price:  £18.99 

Chet Baker Quartet featuring Russ Freeman (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)


Chet Baker Big Band (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)Chet Baker Big Band (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
 


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Chet Baker: The Best Of Chet Baker Plays (CD: Pacific)
 


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Chet Baker: The Best Of Chet Baker Plays (CD: Pacific)


Chet Baker: Swings Pretty (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)Chet Baker: Swings Pretty (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)
Early sides by the Chet Baker Quartet, recorded in 1953/54 with different bass players and drummers but with Russ Freeman a constant on piano. Originally issued on a variety of 10 inch LPs and 78s before being compiled on an LP. Chet Baker plays trumpet and sings tunes that would become classics of his repertoire. (Discovery Records)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl LP. 


Price:  £18.99 


Chet Baker: Embraceable You (CD: Pacific)
Newly released, Chet Baker’s final Pacific Jazz session from December, 1957 features his trumpet and voice on 13 lovely ballads with spare accompaniment from just guitar and bass. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £8.99 

Chet Baker: Embraceable You (CD: Pacific)


Chet Baker: My Funny Valentine (CD: Pacific)Chet Baker: My Funny Valentine (CD: Pacific)
 


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Chet Baker & Art Pepper: Picture Of Health (CD: Pacific)
 


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Chet Baker & Art Pepper: Picture Of Health (CD: Pacific)


Chet Baker & Bud Shank: Theme Music From 'The James Dean Story' (CD: Pacific)Chet Baker & Bud Shank: Theme Music From 'The James Dean Story' (CD: Pacific)
 


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Chet Baker: Chet Baker Sings (CD: Pacific- US Import)
 


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Chet Baker: Chet Baker Sings (CD: Pacific- US Import)


Chet Baker: The Complete Original Chet Baker Sings Sessions (CD: Phoenix Jazz)Chet Baker: The Complete Original Chet Baker Sings Sessions (CD: Phoenix Jazz)
This release contains all of Baker’s earliest sessions as a vocalist, taken from 5 Los Angeles studio dates between October 1953 and July 1956. Released originally on Pacific Jazz as “Chet Baker Sings” and “Chet Baker Sings And Plays”, these sessions include Baker’s debut recorded versions of trademark songs like ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’ and’ Let’s Get Lost’.

These sets showcase the delightful innocence of Baker’s vocal sound during his early twenties, prior to the intense physical & emotional wear and tear caused by his long term drug habit.

Featured musicians include : Russ Freeman, Carson Smith, Joe Mondragon, Jimmy Bond, Bob Neel, Shelly Manne, Peter Littman, & Lawrence Marable. This Phoenix edition replaces the previous Gambit issue.

The CD’s final four songs – included here as bonus tracks – feature Baker and Freeman in a quartet setting with an overdubbed string section that also boasted flautist Bud Shank and harpist Corky Hale. (Discovery Records) 


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Chet Baker: Sings (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)
Chet Baker's classic debut as a singer. Originally released in 1954 as a 10 inch long player, this album was a revelation and won Baker new fame and a new audience Re-issued as a full-length LP with additional tracks from later sessions -- here are 14 finally phrased songs revealing a voice full of tenderness and beauty.

Limited edition 180 g vinyl high-definition pressing for super fidelity. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £18.99 

Chet Baker: Sings (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)


Chet Baker: Chet Baker And Crew (CD: Pacific)Chet Baker: Chet Baker And Crew (CD: Pacific)
The "crew," including Phil Urso, tenor-sax, and pianist Bobby Timmons, are cover-featured in William Claxton's photo of open sailboat, with Baker blowing ethereal Gabriel's horn from rigging. Recommended earlier Chet Baker (1956), playing a sample of lightly-swinging West Coast jazz, with its usual emphasis on musicianship, ensemble organization and arrangement. For those who view Baker as a vocalist, repertoire here is almost all instrumental. (Andrew Clark, editor. Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.)  


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Chet Baker: Live In Copenhagen 1955 (CD: RLR Records)
This edition presents Chet Baker’s long unavailable 1955 Copenhagen Concert, on which he is backed by European musicians. It was recorded during his first European tour and shortly after the tragic death of his pianist Dick Twardzik from a heroin overdose. No vocals are performed on this set, probably because the band was a quintet with a tenor sax added instead of the usual quartet.

There are 10 rare bonus tracks : performances taken from TV broadcasts made between 1954 and 1956, mainly in the States. This is all that remains from those TV appearances, since no footage has ever surfaced. Since these tracks come from many different sources, sound quality varies from show to show, but has been improved as far as possible. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

Chet Baker: Live In Copenhagen 1955 (CD: RLR Records)


Chet Baker: For Lovers (CD: Jazz Images, 3 CDs)Chet Baker: For Lovers (CD: Jazz Images, 3 CDs)
 


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Chet Baker & Dick Twardzik Quartet: Chet & Dick (CD: Jazz Images)
Chet Baker Quartet Vol.1 (Barclay 84009) was the first album recorded by Baker in Europe. Before that 1955 tour, he had never been to the Old Continent. Traveling with him was pianist Dick Twardzik, a highly talented player who had been praised by the likes of fellow pianist Russ Freeman (who encouraged him to record his only session as a leader) and Charlie Parker (who called Twardzik to back him during several Boston engagements). Twardzik would die in Paris at the age of 24 due to a heroin overdose a few days after recording the two sessions included on the present album. Further sessions recorded by Baker in Paris for Barclay and originally included on Chet Baker and His Quintet (Barclay BLP-84042) and on the Blue Star EP-74020 have been added here as a bonus. (Discovery Records) 


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Chet Baker & Dick Twardzik Quartet: Chet & Dick (CD: Jazz Images)


Chet Baker with Bobby Jaspar: I Get Chet (Vinyl LP: Cheesecake Records)Chet Baker with Bobby Jaspar: I Get Chet (Vinyl LP: Cheesecake Records)
After pianist Dick Twardzik died during Chet Baker’s first European tour in 1955, the trumpeter stayed on for several months playing with different local musicians. These sessions were recorded in Paris with a variety of personnel including Bobby Jaspar on tenor sax, Raymond Fol, René Urteger and Francie Boland. Original album with one bonus track.

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl LP. Includes free MP3 download. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £18.99 


Chet Baker with Bobby Jaspar: I Get Chet (CD: Cheesecake Records)
Remastered CD presented in mini-LP replica sleeve, includes 7 bonus tracks. 


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Chet Baker with Bobby Jaspar: I Get Chet (CD: Cheesecake Records)


Chet Baker: In New York (CD: Riverside- US Import)Chet Baker: In New York (CD: Riverside- US Import)
The undeniably erratic early career of Chet Baker involved roller-coaster extremes and musical paradoxes. In the Fifties, his sound and approach were often compared to Miles Davis, although his greatest successes came in a West Coast setting, began in Gerry Mulligan's cool, piano-less quartet, and often emphasized ballads and soft-toned vocals. But this album shows Baker in a unique direct assault in Davis territory: recorded in New York; including a couple of tunes associated with Miles; and above all with a driving East Coast supporting cast made up of tough-tenor Johnny Griffin, bebop veteran Al Haig, and frequent Davis colleagues Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Chet Baker: In New York (CD: Jazz Images)
 


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Chet Baker: In New York (CD: Jazz Images)


Chet Baker: In Milan (CD: Jazzland- US Import)Chet Baker: In Milan (CD: Jazzland- US Import)
 


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Chet Baker: With Fifty Italian Strings (CD: Jazzland- US Import)
 


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Chet Baker: With Fifty Italian Strings (CD: Jazzland- US Import)


Chet Baker: The Complete Milan Sessions (CD: Solar, 2 CDs)Chet Baker: The Complete Milan Sessions (CD: Solar, 2 CDs)
The complete studio recordings made by the great Chet Baker in Milan, Italy, in 1959. This music is compiled here on one set for the first time ever, and is presented in the order in which it was recorded. As a bonus, this disc adds music made by Chet in Italy during the same period for film soundtracks.

Chet Baker had a long and complicated relationship with Italy. It was a country where he was both imprisoned and adored. His first visit there took place in 1955, during his first successful European tour. It was during this tour that the quartet's pianist, the talented Dick Twardzik, tragically died in Paris from a heroin overdose. Baker was devastated, and following Twardzik's death – for which he felt some level of responsibility – the trumpeter submerged himself in the drug world and in a self destructive spiral which would last for the rest of his life. (Discovery Records) 


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Chet Baker: Chet (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)
 


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Chet Baker: Chet (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)


Chet Baker: Plays The Best Of Lerner & Loewe (CD: Riverside- US Import)Chet Baker: Plays The Best Of Lerner & Loewe (CD: Riverside- US Import)
Prompted by the vast success of Shelly Manne's jazz version of the My Fair Lady score, many a late-Fifties jazz performer took a crack at Broadway show tunes. This album looked to three musicals by the writers of My Fair Lady, with varying results. But the lyrical Chet Baker trumpet style fits most of the material quite well, and there is an unusually able group of players surrounding him–in particular, Bill Evans, Zoot Sims, and Pepper Adams. At its best, this set offers some of the most impressive work of Baker's somewhat erratic Riverside period. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Chet Baker & Bill Evans: The Complete Legendary Sessions (CD: American Jazz Classics)
 


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Chet Baker & Bill Evans: The  Complete Legendary Sessions (CD: American Jazz Classics)


Chet Baker: Live In Sweden with Ake Johansson Trio (CD: Dragon)Chet Baker: Live In Sweden with Ake Johansson Trio (CD: Dragon)
 


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Chet Baker: Quartet featuring Russ Freeman (CD: Pacific- US Import)
 


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Chet Baker: Quartet featuring Russ Freeman (CD: Pacific- US Import)


Chet Baker: Milestones (CD: Candid)Chet Baker: Milestones (CD: Candid)
This 1978 collection, originally released on the Choice label, shows Baker at the top of his game during what many critics see as Baker’s most mature and rewarding phase of his career. Already loved all over the world for his soft, husky tone, short neat, melodic phrases and calm, agile execution, Chet was ranked among the worlds greatest trumpeters. (Proper Music) 


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Chet Baker: Peace (CD: Enja)
 


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Chet Baker: Peace (CD: Enja)


Chet Baker Quartet: Live At The Subway Club (CD: Domino Jazz, 2 CDs)Chet Baker Quartet: Live At The Subway Club (CD: Domino Jazz, 2 CDs)
A relaxed performance from Chet Baker’s final years for the first time ever on CD - recorded on March 22, 1980 at the Subway Club in Cologne (Köln), Germany. He is heard here in an intimate quartet setting with superb accompaniment by Nicola Stilo on flute. As a bonus track, this edition includes a rare version of Victor Feldman-Miles Davis’ “Seven Steps to Heaven” (which was one of only two readings of the tune in Baker’s discography), recorded in performance at Corto Maltese, in Ostia, Italy. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £17.99 


Chet Baker: Live In London (CD: Ubuntu, 2 CDs)
A stunning unreleased Chet Baker session from 1983 recorded with a great UK trio. Remastered and released with permission from the Chet Baker Estate.

For six evenings, from 28th March to 2nd April 1983, the John Horler Trio rhythm section supported the legendary trumpet player Chet Baker at The Canteen in London. For those who were fortunate enough to be there, these were magical shows. The rhythm section was tight and Chet was at the top of his game. The best of the six hours of music is presented here on 'Live in London' and has been restored and remastered to the highest quality. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 

Chet Baker: Live In London (CD: Ubuntu, 2 CDs)

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