🎷 AotW: Jazz Chet Baker - THE BEST THING FOR YOU (CD-832)

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Chet Baker
THE BEST THING FOR YOU

A&M CD-832

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Released 1989

Format: CD/Cassette

Produced and Arranged by Don Sebesky for Pinder Lane Productions, Ltd.

Creative Director: John Snyder

Songs:

  • 1. The Best Thing For You (Irving Berlin) - 4:14
    2. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You/You've Changed (George Bassman/Bill Carey/Carl Fischer) - 6:01
    3. Oh, You Crazy Moon (Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen) - 3:33
    4. How Deep Is The Ocean (Irving Berlin) - 5:41
    5. If You Could See Me Now (Tadd Dameron) - 4:38
    6. El Morro (Don Sebesky) - 17:03

Musicians:
Chet Baker - Trumpet and Vocals
Paul Desmond - Alto Saxophone
Tony Williams - Drums
Ron Carter - Bass
Kenny Barron - Piano
Gene Bertoncini - Accoustic Guitar (5)
John Scofield - Electric and Acoustic Guitars (6)
Richie Beirach - Electric Piano (6)
Hubert Laws - Flute (6)
Michael Brecker - Tenor Saxophone (6)
Arto Tuncboyachi - Percussion, Voice (6)

Recorded February and May, 1977 at Sound Ideas Studios, New York City, by Neal Ceppos, assisted by Kathy Dennis
Mixed October, 1988 at Giant Sound Studios, New York City by John Snyder, Brad Leigh, assisted by Mark Miller
Tape Restoration by Joe Salvatto
Digitally Remastered January, 1989 at Van Gelder Recording Studios by John Snyder and Rudy Van Gelder
Special Thanks to Doug Pell, Sherman Darby and Arto Tuncboyachi

Art Direction: Chuck Beeson
Design: Philip Shima
Photography: Carol Friedman
Liner notes by Doug Ramsey



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This album is much better than Baker's You Can't Go Home Again, mainly because it's a straight-ahead blowing effort. The title track and "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" are clear highlights for me, but the first five tracks are all solid. The only oddity is "El Morro", which may be an alternate take from the version that appeared on You Can't... although this version doesn't fare much better, especially with a few minutes added on. The recording dates are the same for this album and the earlier album. But this CD is definitely worth picking up!

There was a reissue of both albums on Verve a few years back, but that's long out of print.
 
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