Chet Baker Plays and Sings - The complete LP + 11 bonus tracks - collector’s digipak series with comprehensive booklet. The amazing Chet Baker (1929-1988) was both a superb trumpet player and singer. This fact is widely accepted today, but when the first sessions featuring him on vocals were issued, it was quite a surprise.
Both his trumpet and voice seem to be extensions of the same musical personality, and once you’ve become familiar with the dual facets of Baker, you expect to hear them both. Presented here is the complete original LP Chet Baker Plays and Sings (World Paci c 20138), which compiled some of Baker’s greatest vocal and instrumental hits. Eleven additional tracks from the same period have been included as a bonus.
AllMusic : “The single-disc compilation Chet Baker Plays and Sings brings together tracks the legendary jazz musician recorded during the 1950s. These are classic West Coast jazz tracks showcasing Baker’s skill as a trumpeter and vocalist. Included are such songs as ‘But Not for Me’, ‘I Fall in Love Too Easily’, and many more.” (Ma Collar)
Collective personnel includes: Russ Freeman, Kenny Drew - piano, Carson Smith, Jimmy Bond, Sam Jones - bass, Larry Bunker, Philly Joe Jones, Dannie Richmond- drums.
Recorded Los Angeles, New York and Paris 1952 and 1958
Tracks: But Not For Me / Happy Little Sunbeam / Look For The Silver Lining /Tenderly / I Get Along Without You Very Well / There Is A Small Hotel / Summer me / There Will Never Be Another You / Bea’s Flat / I Fall In Love Too Easily / My Funny Valentine / My Buddy / All The Things You Are / Do It The Hard Way / Isn’t It Romantic / I’m Old Fashioned / The Lamp Is Low / You’re Driving Me Crazy / This Time The Dream’s On Me / Everything Happens To Me/ Imagination / Dancing On The Ceiling / Easy To Love