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  Исполнитель(и) :
   Baker, Chet  (Trumpet)
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  Наименование CD :
   Chet Is Back!

Год издания : 1962

Компания звукозаписи : RCA, (ru)

Музыкальный стиль : Cool, West Coast Jazz

Время звучания : 54:52

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Trumpet - Bop)      

Recorded in Italy in 1962, Chet Is Back! showcases the "cool" trumpeter cutting loose on such bop-oriented workouts as "Pent-Up House" and "Well, You Needn't." Backed skillfully by a young cadre of up-and-coming European musicians, including the stellar saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, Chet Baker may have never sounded better, including on the ballads. One listen to "Over the Rainbow" and it's clear this is an overlooked Baker classic. [Fans should check out the 2003 reissue of Chet Is Back!, which includes four orchestral pop bonus tracks Baker recorded with Ennio Morricone around the same time as this session.]

- Matt Collar (All Music Guide)

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The Chet Baker's Golden Trumpet...

Thin, phlegmatic, with big ears and anxious eyes, Chet Baker is the greatest introvert of the jazz trumpets. Perhaps this is because he learnt to play his instrument while he was in the Army... in fact, he makes you remember Montgomery Clift in the film "From Here to Eternity". It was inevitable that the cinema should take interest in him. His life seems to be the creation of some screen-writer who's been entrusted by a producer to write the story of a jazz musician. In this person we find unrest, exaltation, torment, a thirst for adventure, despair, etc. These are after all the elements which the public believes a jazz musician to be inevitably linked to, an index to his genius and his untidiness, as it were.

The Golden Trumpet's life contains all this, and film director Alberto Lattuada plans to cram it all in his next film on Chet Baker. Let's look into the man's life. We must do this in order to understand the importance of this record.

Chesney (Chet) Baker was born at Yale, in Oklahoma, in 1929. When he was 10 years of age, the family moved to California, and here, in 1942, Chet had his first and only lessons in trumpet-playing, at the "Glendale Junior High School". He then started playing in the inevitable small-time ensembles which were organised by the alumni at the school.

On November 5th 1946, when he was only 16, Chet managed to enlist in the Army and he was sent to Germany with the occupation troops. Naturally, in Germany also he took part in the regiment's band. His interest during this period was mainly in classical music. It was Stan Kenton's "Artistry" serie which introduced him to the vast and fascinating world of jazz.

Demobilized in 1948, Baker entered the "El Camino College" at Lawdale, so as to study harmony and music theory. It was in this period - between 1948 and 1950 - that Chet had his first chance to play jazz music. First he played at the local Dances, organized by his school, then, in 1949, at the "North Hollywood Showtime Club". In June 1952, he started playing with Charlie Parker's ensemble, at the Tiffany Club in Hollywood. More or less during this period, Chet's first meeting with Gerry Mulligan came about at a jam session. It seemed that their music complemented each other. Some time later they showed themselves together to the public with a pianoless quartet. Thus, the most original of modern jazz's small formations had been born. However in 1953, Baker separated from his friends so as to constitute an equally successful combination with pianist Russ Freeman. In 1955, Chet Baker came to Europe, to settle down finally in Italy.

The first time I heard "the best white trumpet in the world" in the flesh, was in 1955, at a concert at the Eliseo Theatre. His phraseology was broken and fragmentary, like a sob. It was a subdued, hesitant, almost timid style ; a lyric as well as a dramatic language, which reminded one impressively of Bix Beiderbecke, the trum-petist who was cut down by alcohol while he was still in his youth during the Prohibition era. Analogies however, were much deeper than this. These regarded not only his style - the tormented means of expressions - but also the outlook on life, in tolerant and non-conformist.

... And A Star-Studded Ensemble

The ensemble playing with Chet Baker on this record represents the cream of European jazz. Here is a "star-studded" cast which perhaps foresees already the imminent collaboration of European countries in this musical field, as well as in the other arts. (This fact, though, is usually ignored by politicians).

The eight pieces place each musician's talent well in evidence, and the music is of all kinds. There are in fact songs from the popular repertory such as These Foolish Things and Over The Rainbow, orchestrated in such a manner as to make the music seem absolutely new, spirited and beautiful; there is also the classical be-bop theme (Barbados) so as to please the fans of this type of music. Then we have some original music (Ballata In Forma Di Blues) and some hotter, more carefree, jam session type of themes, such as Star Eyes, Blues In The Closet, Pent-Up House and Well You Needn't.

This record was made in Rome on January 5th 1962 (they recorded it in fact from 2 P.M. till midnight). It is a particula-ry important fact, since it is the first record made at the RCA Italiana's new recording buildings, at the 12th Km of the Via Tiburtina.

Now, let's look at the members of the ensemble :

Amadeo Tommasi, pianist and composer (he wrote Ballata In Forma Di Blues). Born at Trieste in 1935, Tommasi is the most talented pianist of the new generation. His name came to light in 1960, during a radio transmission entitled "La coppa di jazz". He took part in the 1961 editions of the St. Vincent, Comblain La Tour and San Remo Festivals. During the same year he was awarded first prize at the Bled Festival in Yugoslavia, for the small ensemble category. On that occasion he was congratulated heartily by John Lewis himself ! He has often performed abroad and has recorded with Buddy Collette, Conte Candoli and Jacques Peltzer. A curious item is the fact that, before dedicating himself to modern jazz, he used to play the trombone in the Dixieland "Panigal Jazz Band" of Bologna. Amongst other works from his own pen are: " Zamboni 22 " (composed in Bologna), " Autostrada del Sole " and " Ballad for Micheline ".

Benoit Quersin, a bass with a delicate and yet robust touch, he is also proprietor of the cabaret "Blue Note" at Brussels, a spot which is considered the very temple of Belgian jazz. In 1961, he took part in the San Remo Festival.

Daniel Humair, the drummer, is Swiss, but has been living in Paris for some time now. His technique is first-rate and possessing a solid beat. He's played for years with tenor-sax Barney Wilen's band. The latter is the son of the American consul at Nice.

Rene Thomas, one of the finest guitars in Europe. He was born in Belgium some thirty years ago. He possesses swing, good taste, fantasy and an exceptional technique. The phraseology of his performances is thick and sharp. He lived for some years in the States, where he played with many complexes, amongst which with Miles Davis, who considers him one of the finest guitarists on the market. He plays on an old Gibson guitar (the same model which Charlie Christian preferred).

Bobby Jaspar, tenor sax and flute, was born at Liege in 1926. In 1956 he went to the States, where he stayed for about three years. He has made records with Milton Jackson and other "brass" of American jazz.

- Rodolfo D'Intino (original liner notes, 1962)

  Соисполнители :

Benoit Quersin (Bass)
Bobby Jaspar (Flute, Tenor Saxophone)
Daniel Humair (Drums)

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Наименование трека



   1 Well, You Needn't         0:06:22 Monk
   2 These Foolish Things     T       0:04:56 Link / Marvell / Strachey
   3 Barbados         0:08:26 Parker
   4 Star Eyes         0:06:58 DePaul / Raye
   5 Over The Rainbow     T       0:03:30 Arlen / Harburg
   6 Pent Up House         0:06:51 Rollins
   7 Ballata In Forma Di Blues         0:10:07 Tommasi
   8 Blues In The Closet         0:07:42 Pettiford


 T   'щелкнуть' - переход к тексту композиции.

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