October 15, 1996

Album Review

Throughout the 1950s Chet Baker gained fame as a quiet, low-register trumpeter with a cool tone and a relaxed style. This CD should therefore be a major surprise to listeners who believe he was incapable of playing heated material, or of utilizing the upper register of his horn. Assisted by a fine European sextet (including Bobby Jaspar on tenor and flute and guitarist Rene Thomas), Baker is heard in peak form throughout this memorable and frequently exciting bop date. [Originally issued as Chet Is Back!.]
Scott Yanow, Rovi

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
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