Tag Archives: Chet Baker

Two Terrific New Jazz Reissues from Concord Music

21 Oct

Chet Baker’s first sessions for Riverside form an East Coast counterpart to the Los Angeles quartet recordings that launched his career as a vocalist. They reveal less innocence and more soul than the earlier recordings, while still displaying the vulnerability that had already made Baker an icon beyond the realm of jazz singers and jazz trumpeters.

Working with musicians who were simultaneously contributing to the discoveries of Miles, Mingus, Dizzy, and Cannonball, focusing on some of the era’s greatest standards, and scatting for the first time on record, Baker displayed an innate musicianship in which voice and horn are complementary sides of the same unforgettable conception. Four bonus tracks add further value to one of Baker’s most memorable recordings.

This album was originally intended as an early Stateside acknowledgment of the power of Brazilian bossa nova, and it remains one of the best examples of early jazz samba. Guaraldi selected classic themes from the acclaimed film Black Orpheus, applying the superior sense of presentation that had already made him a leading trio pianist. The lasting impact of the album, however, can be traced to the incredibly popular Guaraldi original that led off the original LP’s contrasting second side of trio music. “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” became that rare phenomenon, an instrumental jazz hit single, and made Guaraldi a household name among jazz fans even before his Charlie Brown scores.

The best modern jazz classics are revisited in the Original Jazz Classics Remasters series. Each title in the series features 24-bit remastering, original AND new liner notes, fully restored artwork, and bonus tracks (when available).

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The Return of the Mighty Boz Scaggs

29 Oct

Product Description
Speak Low his 17th. studio album; a follow-up to 2003’s But Beautiful – “a sort of progressive, experimental effort … along the lines of some of the ideas that Gil Evans explored” says Boz. Songs on the album include Chet Baker’s “She Was Too Good To Be True,” Johnny Mercer’s “This Time the Dream’s on Me,” the often recorded “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” and the Kurt Weill/Ogden Nash title track. “I’m a vocalist,” Scaggs says. “I come more out of a blues/rhythm & blues background, but this is a different way of using my voice, and much more musically challenging and adventurous for me.”

Here’s Boz in concert performing his hit, “JoJo.”