Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Chet in Chicago

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Chet in Chicago

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Chet Baker

Chet In Chicago

Enja Records 9624 1 (vinyl)

(Also available in CD with 8 tracks as Enja Records 9524 2)

Chet Baker (tp), Bradley Young (p), Larry Gray (b), Rusty Jones (d), Ed Petersen (ts). Chicago May 11, 1986

It's You Or No One/My Funny Valentine/Ornithology/Moment's Notice (exclusive vinyl track)/We'll Be Together Again/Solar TT 41.58

This LP, released 22 years after being recorded, was remastered skillfully with 24 bit technology in Munich, Germany in 2008. Bradley Young, the pianist, was instrumental in its creation. It all started when Chet, on a rare trip to America from his European digs, happened to be in Chicago for a gig and his pianist, Barry Harris, failed to show up. Sitting at a table in the club was an ardent fan, Bradley Young, who had introduced himself to the trumpeter earlier in the evening and let it be known that he had some acquaintance with the piano. He sat in that night and then, five years later, when Baker again visited Chicago, played once more with his idol and, on the spur of the moment, suggested that they make a record together. Chet agreed and the result is the present effort.

The accompanying musicians are all Chicago-based; Ed Petersen, who blows on two sides, is an accomplished musician who has taught at the University of New Orleans and holds a Master's degree in jazz pedagogy from Northwestern University. Larry Gray, the double bassist, was often called upon for engagements at Chicago's premier jazz clubs and for jazz recording sessions. Rusty Jones, the drummer, is the great-nephew and godson of bandleader Isham Jones, and has kept time for such well known artists as J.R. Monterose, George Shearing and Lee Konitz.

In the opener, It's You Or No One, Chet leads off with a few choruses in which he flirts with the upper register on a few notes, a rare occurrence for him. …

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