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Chet Baker - Chet Is Back Vinyl LP 2017

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Cat no. JIM37014
Track Listing

1. Well, You Needn' t
2. These Foolish Things
3. Barbados
4. Star Eyes
5. Over the Rainbow
6. Pent Up House
7. Ballata in forma di Blues
8. Blues in the Closet

Chet Baker recorded Chet Is Back! on January 5, 1962, just three weeks after having been released from his drug-related imprisonment in Italy. He was accompanied on the LP by a number of highly talented European players, among them two Belgian stars: tenor saxophonist, flutist and composer Bobby Jaspar, and guitarist René Thomas. Both musicians had their own drug problems (Jaspar would die from a heart attack on February 28, 1963, at the age of 37; Thomas would follow on January 3, 1975, aged 47). Baker didn t sing on this album, which features him performing spirited trumpet solos. Matt Collar gave the LP a four-star rating in All Music Guide. Recorded in Italy in 1962, wrote Collar, Chet Is Back! showcases the cool trumpeter cutting loose on such bop-oriented workouts as Pent-Up House and Well, You Needn t . Backed skillfully by a young cadre of up-and-coming European musicians, including the stellar saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, Chet Baker may have never sounded better, including the ballads. One listen to Over the Rainbow and it s clear this is an overlooked Baker classic.