She Was Too Good to Me (40th Anniversary Edition)
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Producer Creed Taylor wisely avoided trying to shoehorn Chet Baker into the slick, fusion-oriented mid-'70s CTI Records sound. Fronting an all-star combo featuring Bob James' twinkling electric piano and Paul Desmond's lyrical alto sax, Baker remains true to his eternally hip '50s sides, tackling a bouncy, gently swinging "Autumn Leaves" and a cool, cerebral take on Hubert Laws' "Funk In Deep Freeze." Baker's two airy vocals, the wistful title track and the haunted "What'll I Do," testify to his gentle way with a ballad.
Born: December 23, 1929 in Yale, OK
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s