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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:  £16.99 


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: Sings- It Could Happen To You (Vinyl LP: Riverside/ Craft Recordings)Chet Baker: Sings- It Could Happen To You (Vinyl LP: Riverside/ Craft Recordings)
Chet Baker's 1958 recording session debut for Riverside Records, which resulted in the album release (Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen To You, offers a modern, hipper take on standards like "Old Devil Moon," "You're Driving Me Crazy," and "How Long Has This Been Going On?" Chet Baker Sings is unique in that the nimble artist sets aside his trumpet in several of the tracks, using only his vocals-and even scatting some of the improvised solos in a style that sounds very much like his lyrical trumpet playing. All Music calls the album "An essential title in Chet Baker's 30-plus-year canon." (Universal Music)

180g vinyl pressing. 


Price:  £29.99 


Chet Baker: Love Walked In - Chet Baker And Strings (CD: American Jazz Classics)
This release presents the complete original LP Chet Baker & Strings (Columbia CL 549), which marks the trumpeter’s first experience recording with a string orchestra. The album features such important jazz luminaries as Zoot Sims, Jack Montrose, Bud Shank, Russ Freeman, and Shelly Manne with a Plus String Orchestra arranged by Marty Paich, Jack Montrose, Shorty Rogers & Johnny Mandel. Five tracks that complete the sessions but were not included on the original album (three alternate takes and two rare unaccompanied vocals by Baker) have been added here. Also included are six bonus tracks, consisting of two alternate versions of songs from the album, and a complete 1959 date by Chet with strings. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Chet Baker: Love Walked In - Chet Baker And Strings (CD: American Jazz Classics)


Chet Baker: & Strings (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)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: Ensemble & Sextet (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


Price:  £12.99 

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:  £12.99 


Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan: Original Quartet (CD: Jazz Images, 2 CDs)
 


Price:  £17.99 

Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan: Original Quartet (CD: Jazz Images, 2 CDs)


Chet Baker Quartet featuring Russ Freeman (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)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: The Best Of Chet Baker Plays (CD: Pacific)
 


Price:  £8.99 

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)
 


Price:  £8.99 


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 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.)  


Price:  £8.99 

Chet Baker: Chet Baker And Crew (CD: Pacific)


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


Price:  £17.99 


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) 


Price:  £12.99 

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: 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.) 


Price:  £15.49 

Chet Baker: In New York (CD: Riverside- US Import)


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


Price:  £11.99 


Chet Baker: In New York (Vinyl LP: Riverside/ Craft Recordings)
Chet Baker's West Coast cool comes to the Big Apple on Chet Baker in New York. The project would be Baker's first -- in a four album deal -- with the Big Apple-based Riverside Records. The bicoastal artist incorporates his decidedly undernourished sound and laid-back phrasing into the styling of Al Haig (piano), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). The results are uniformly brilliant as Baker's cool-toned solos fly and bop with authority around the equally impressive supporting soloists. Conversely, the same cohesive unity continues on the introspective numbers that are more akin to Baker's California cool. Undoubtedly one of the charms of this collection is the distinct choice of material. Running the gamut from the relaxed and soothing "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and equally serene "Blue Thoughts" at one end of the spectrum to the percolating and driving intensity of "Hotel 49" on the other. (Universal Music)

180g vinyl pressing. 


Price:  £29.99 

Chet Baker: In New York (Vinyl LP: Riverside/ Craft Recordings)


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


Price:  £15.49 


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


Price:  £15.49 

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


Chet Baker: Chet (Vinyl LP: Riverside/ Craft Recordings)Chet Baker: Chet (Vinyl LP: Riverside/ Craft Recordings)
Chet, 1959's instrumental outing, focuses on ballads and features an all-star cast that includes pianist Bill Evans, guitarist Kenny Burrell, flutist Herbie Mann and Pepper Adams on the baritone saxophone. Baker shines in his languid and tuneful approach to tracks like "Alone Together," "It Never Entered My Mind" and "September Song." All About Jazz called the album "A session that allows the trumpeter to take his introspective time, encouraged by Evans' spare accompaniment to transform these standards into vibrant, impressionistic etchings." (Universal Music)

180g vinyl pressing. 


Price:  £29.99 


Chet Baker: Chet (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)
 


Price:  £9.99 

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.) 


Price:  £15.49 


Chet Baker: Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe (Vinyl LP: Riverside/ Craft Recordings)
Baker's final album for Riverside, 1959's Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe, finds the trumpeter offering his renditions of tunes by lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe who, together, penned some of the most famous songs on Broadway. Baker, joined by an ensemble that once again included Bill Evans, Pepper Adams and Herbie Mann-along with the great Zoot Sims on tenor saxophone-covers material from My Fair Lady, Gigi, Brigadoon and Paint Your Wagon. (Universal Music)

180g vinyl pressing. 


Price:  £29.99 

Chet Baker: Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe (Vinyl LP: Riverside/ Craft Recordings)


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


Price:  £12.99 


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


Price:  £13.99 

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


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


Price:  £12.99 


Chet Baker: Albert's House (CD: Wienerworld)
Chet Baker is highly regarded as one of jazz’s greatest trumpet players and he recorded numerous albums over his 35-year recording career. Recorded in 1969, ‘Albert’s House’ features 11 instrumental compositions by Steve Allen who produced the recording session to assist Baker in restarting his career after a horrific dental injury in 1968.

The sessions feature an all-star group of players with Paul Smith on keyboards, Barney Kessel on guitar, Jim Hughart on bass and Frank Capp (of Wrecking Crew fame) on drums. (Wienerworld) 


Price:  £12.99 

Chet Baker: Albert's House (CD: Wienerworld)


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) 


Price:  £10.99 


Chet Baker: Peace (CD: Enja)
Mid-price reissue of this 1982 album by iconic trumpeter Chet Baker, alongside vibraphonist David Friedman, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Joe Chambers. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £11.99 

Chet Baker: Peace (CD: Enja)


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

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