[44] Chet Baker – Let’s Get Lost

7 Feb

Baker’s simple vocals take a backseat to the trumpet, piano – actually anything else that might be playing – and this laid back, understated blend is honey for the ears – Cool Jazz personified.

Let's Get Lost  - The Best of Chet Baker Sings

Let’s Get Lost – The Best of Chet Baker Sings











Although recorded in the 50s, this album has such a modern sound and sensibility.  His phrasing reminds me of Harry Connick Jr. singing a low tempo ballad (and I love Harry Connick Jr. when he’s singing low tempo ballads . . .)

Once more, I am treated to some stunning versions of the Great American Songbook – this time “But Not For Me”, “Time After Time” and “My Funny Valentine” are the standouts, adding new nuance and textures to these oft heard songs.

There is a charming simplicity here, bright and relaxed – like the listener does not have a care in the world.

It is so at odds with the gritty, drug-ruined biography of Baker who at one point had to quit playing after having his teeth broken in a fight, and who was in and out of jails in multiple countries thanks to his well documented heroin addiction.

Quite a juxtaposition with the breezy cheer of these wonderful performances.  The trumpet solos that are sprinkled throughout almost every track are sunny, perfectly formed interludes, swinging but always perfectly under control.

There is a restraint that is noticeable in every note.

It may be a truth universally acknowledged that Baker’s voice doesn’t hold a candle to the “true” crooners of his day, but it fits the mood of these recordings admirably, and I am happy to hear his low, easy tones whenever they play.

Owned before blogging? No. (2 of 44. 5%)
Heard before blogging? No. (4 of 44. 9%)
Recommend? Yes. (36 of 44. 82%)

Next week:  The Balfa Brothers – Play Traditional Cajun Music



2 Responses to “[44] Chet Baker – Let’s Get Lost”

  1. lornacifra February 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM #

    Reblogged this on lornacifra and commented:
    A must read!!!


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    […] to say I haven’t greatly enjoyed some more traditional voices – Adderly, Armstrong and Baker come to mind – but at least on this recording I am not hearing anything that excites […]

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