Chet Baker: She Was Too Good To Me (1974)
CTI 6050 S1
01 – Autumn Leaves
02 – She Was Too Good To Me
03 – Funk In Deep Freeze
04 – Tangerine
05 – With A Song In My Heart
06 – What’ll I Do
07 – It’s You Or No One
08 – My Future Just Passed
Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals)
George Marge (alto flute, oboe d’amore)
Hubert Laws (flute, alto flute)
Romeo Penque (clarinet, flute)
Paul Desmond (alto saxophone #01,04)
Dave Friedman (vibes)
Bob James (electric piano)
Ron Carter (bass)
Steve Gadd (drums #01-04,08)
John DeJohnette (drums #05-07)
Lewis Eley, Max Ellen, Barry Finclair, Paul Gershman, Harry Glickman, Emanuel Green, Harold Kohon, David Nadien, Herbert Sorkin – violin (#02,06)
Warren Lash, Jesse Levy, George Ricci – Cello (#02,06)
Arranger and conductor: Don Sebesky
Producer: Creed Taylor
Recording Enginner: Rudy van Gelder
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 17, October 31, November 1, 1974
Besides being a great recording, this one also has some historical significance, as it is viewed by many as Chet’s “comeback” album.
Although Baker recorded in the late sixties, they were really dreadful commercial albums.
This is the first significant recording Chet made since the ’65 Prestige sessions.
It also marks the beginning of a very successful association with Creed Taylor and CTI Records.
Chet recorded some of best work for CTI in the mid-to-late 1970’s.
Bob James’ electric piano and some strings (just the right amount) give this CD a unique flavor.
Chet sings several ballads, and this is where you start to hear the change in his voice.
It’s still soft and sincere, but it is lower and starting to show the ravishes of cigarettes and drugs.
Chesney Henry Baker, Jr.
Born: December 23, 1929 – Yale, Oklahoma, United States
Died: May 13, 1988 (aged 58) – Amsterdam, Netherlands