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Chet Baker: Big Band (1954-56) 1993

Big Band (1993)

Track list:

01. Tenderly
02. A Foggy Day
03. Darn That Dream
04. Mythe
05. Chet
06. Not Too Slow
07. Phil’s Blues
08. Dinah
09. V-Line
10. Worryin’ The Life Out Of Me
11. Little Man (You’ve Had A Busy Day)
12. Dot’s Groovy
13. Stella By Starlight
14. Tommyhawk
15. I’m Glad There Is You
16. The Half Dozens

Personnel:

#1-4:
Trumpet – Chet Baker, Norman Raye, Conte Candoli
Frank Rosolino – trombone
Art Pepper, Bud Shank – alto sax
Phil Urso, Bill Perkins – tenor sax
Bobby Timmons – piano
Jimmy Bond – bass
Lawrence Marable – drums
Arranged by: Jimmy Heath

#5-10:
Chet Baker – trumpet
Bob Burgess – trombone
Fered Walters – alto sax
Phil Urso – alto, tenor and baritone saxes
Bob Graf – tenor sax
Bill Hood – baritone sax
Bobby Timmons – piano
Jimmy Bond – bass
Peter Littman – drums (5-9)
James McLean – drums (10)

#11-16:
Chet Baker – trumpet;
Bob Brookmeyer – valve trombone
Bud Shank- baritone sax
Russ Freeman – piano
Carson Smith – bass
Shelly Manne – drums
Arranged by: Jack Montrose (11,12), Johnny Mandel (13,14), Bill Holman (15,16)

PJ 15 Chet Baker Sextet

Recording Dates:
#01-04: Los Angeles, CA; October 26, 1956
#05-10: Los Angeles, CA; October 18, 1956
#12,14,16: Los Angeles, CA; September 9, 1954
#11,13,15: Los Angeles, CA; September 15, 1954

Released: 1957
Label: Pacific Jazz Records
#1-10 originally issued on “Chet Baker Big Band” [Pacific Jazz PJ 1229]
#11-16 originally issued on “Chet Baker Sextet featuring Bud Shank/Bob Brookmeyer/Russ Freeman” [Pacific Jazz PJLP 15]

CDP 7 81201 [1993, CD, re-issue]

Original Sessions Producer: Richard (Dick) Bock
Re-issue Producer: Michael Cuscuna

Mastered by: Malcolm Addey

Liner Notes: Russ Wilson

PJ 1229 Chet Baker Big Band

*****

Though technically not a “big band”, Chet benefits from a tremendous ensemble of 9 and 11 piece bands.

Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Shelly Manne, Phil Urso, Jimmy Bond, …the line-up reads like a “who’s who” of 1950’s west coast jazz.

They all swing on this collection of fun, bop tunes.

The CD release from 1993 also includes all tracks from Chet’s Sextet album from 1954.

*****

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