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It Could Happen to You

Chet Baker

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Too bad “pretty” has become such a banal word, because the definition “pleasing by delicacy and grace” certainly describes Chet Baker’s voice on this 1958 recording. Here the trumpeter and vocalist finds himself in the studio with a crack Easy Coast band and the various accompanists, including such luminaries as Kenny Drew, Dannie Richmond and Philly Joe Jones, are sensitively supportive throughout, creating a lighter-side-of-bop backdrop for Baker to sing, play and scat over. Baker’s tone on voice and horn is wonderfully pure, but on the title track he adds a little vibrato and the effect is stunning. The cut is also graced by one of a handful of scat solos that appear on the disc. (Baker’s approach to scatting is intimate and casual; it’s interesting to compare his wordless vocalizing to the zany ways of his contemporary, Bob Dorough.) The old warhorse, “The More I See You,” is enlivened by Baker’s interesting phrasing: he runs words together so the lyrics flow in one long, unbroken line. One highlight is a heartbreaking version of “Everything Happens to Me,” a performance that encapsulates the romanticism and tragedy associated with Baker’s life.

Customer Reviews

casually gorgeous

his voice is so wonderful and transportative. really excellent.

Nice Album

Not many uptempos here, this is hip, and very easy to listen to. His scat singing is really, really nice.

Excellent Intro to Vocal Chet

This collection is an excellent introduction to Vocal Chet featuring some excellent songs usually not featured in a "Best of" collection of Baker Songs. The album cover gives a real retro feel to the collection. Lol.


Born: December 23, 1929 in Yale, OK

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Chet Baker was a primary exponent of the West Coast school of cool jazz in the early and mid-'50s. As a trumpeter, he had a generally restrained, intimate playing style and he attracted attention beyond jazz for his photogenic...
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