Classy selection of Chet Baker recordings for Dutch Jazz label, Timeless Recordings...Chet Baker, with his signature fragile voice, cool toned trumpet playing and unmistakably recognizable charisma, became one of the most popular jazz artists of the 20th century.
Born in Yale, Oklahoma, 1937, Chet picked up the trumpet at the age of 12. He made his name with Gerry Mulliganï¿½s pianoless quartet in 1952, and formed the Chet Baker quartet soon afterwards. Between 1978 and 1988 he toured extensively through Europe, and recorded a wealth of material for Dutch label Timeless records.
Dopeness Galore went through these recordings and found some unbelievable sessions, including his last live recording with a band in April 1988. Out of these recordings we made a ï¿½Finestï¿½ compilation, complete with pictures and the whole story of his last days. It can be argued that Chet was at his musical peak when he died in 1988, and it is recognized that some of his best recordings came from these last years.
Twenty years ago the loved and beloved, legend trumpeter Chet Bakerï¿½s life came to an untimely end when he fell out of the window of the Prins Hendrik Hotel at the Prins Hendrikkade, Amsterdam. He had toured most of his time, in Europe, with the Timeless label and so it came the founder of the label was there when this tragic accident happened on the 13th of May. Through interviews with Europeanï¿½s close to Chet, we made the story complete within the albumï¿½s liner notes written by Alex Deforce.
Chet Baker - "the maverick jazz trumpeter whom Charlie Parker once told Miles and Dizzy to watch out for.ï¿½