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Teaming up with some young-gun European jazzmen in 1962, Chet Baker played some of the most energetic music of his career. He leads the band in a mad dash through Thelonious Monk's "Well You Needn't," struts with confidence through Charlie Parker's sunny-sounding "Barbados," and sounds positively wistful on "Over the Rainbow." Added to this edition are four sides Baker cut with soundtrack maestro Ennio Morricone. It's about the only place you'll hear Baker sing in Italian, as Morricone's trademark strings swell behind his haunting falsetto.


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 looks and singing. But his career was marred by drug addiction. Baker's father, Chesney Henry Baker,Sr., was a guitarist who was forced to turn to other work during the Depression; his mother, Vera (Moser) Baker, worked in a perfumery. The family moved from Oklahoma to Glendale,...
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