Remastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray! Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
The numbers heard on Chet Baker & Crew were among a prolific flurry of recordings Baker was involved in during the last week of July 1956 - fresh from an extended European stay. The crew on these sides includes Phil Urso (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Peter Littman (drums), and of course Baker (trumpet/vocals). Joining the combo on both the original as well as the alternate take of "To Mickey's Memory" and "Pawnee Junction" is Bill Loughbrough (chromatic tympani). His unmistakable percussive accents and tuned drum solos give these West Coast bop tracks uniquely Polynesian intonations. The band members take full advantage of their individual roles and abilities as soloists to really stretch out on "Slightly Above Moderate" and the Urso-credited composition "Halema" - named after Baker's wife. The chemistry of cool that flows between Urso and Baker is perhaps at its finest during the seamless exchange heard on "Worryin' the Life Out of Me." Timmons also boasts notable contributions throughout. His playful and scampering style dresses up the bluesy "Lucius Lu" and "Line for Lyons," among others. The latter is also notable as it contains the sole Baker vocal on this set.
This LP reissue of Chet Baker & Crew increases the original eight-song Pacific Jazz collection to include all 14 tracks completed during three sessions in late July 1956 at the Forum Theater in Los Angeles.
The surfaces of both these LPs [PPRLP1224 Chet Baker Chet Baker & Crew & PPRLP38 Lee Konitz & Gerry Mulligan Konitz Meets Mulligan] are impeccable -- as quiet as vinyl gets. This helps reveal the personality of each recording all the better. Marc Mickelson, www.theaudiobeat.com, 3.5/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sound!
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180g Vinyl Analogue
Pressed at Pallas in Germany
Remastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray
Chet Baker, trumpet & vocals D3
Bobby Timmons, piano
Phil Urso, tenor saxophone
Jimmy Bond, bass
Peter Littman, drums
Bill Loughbrough, Timpani (Chromatic) A1, C1 & D1
1. To Mickey's Memory
2. Slightly Above Moderate
5. Something For Liza
6. Lucius Lu
7. Worrying The Life Out Of Me
8. Medium Rock
1. To Mickey's Memory (Alternate Take)
2. Jumpin' Off A Clef
4. Pawnee Junction
5. Music To Dance By
6. Line For Lyons
Recorded at the Forum Theater in Los Angeles on July 24, 25 and 31, 1956.