Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

June 20, 2021

Chet Baker, ‘Swings Pretty’ (Sunset Records 1967 comp of earlier Pacific Jazz material)

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 1:05 am

You can’t go wrong with Chet Baker’s many Pacific Jazz sessions, so a somewhat random comp of that material, mixing vocal and instrumental tracks, is an excellent way to highlight that rich catalogue. Liberty’s SUNSET budget label had a number of excellent compilations (a Ventures one was the first Ventures album I owned) from the library of Imperial/Liberty/Pacific Jazz and related labels, and I picked this up for a dollar before I ever had any of the original albums from which this material came. Nothing new here, but if you are not that knowledgeable about Chet Baker’s body of work, this is a fine starting point, and although I know this material well, I played this while working today and found it a wonderful selection and the programming gave it a new freshness. Enjoy. Thank you, Chet and crew(s).

PERSONNEL:

CHET BAKER, vocals & trumpet
RUSS FREEMAN, piano

Plus:
A1, A2, B1, B3, B4:
Carson Smith (b), Bob Neel (d),
Los Angeles, February 15, 1954.

B2 :
Joe Mondragon (b), Shelly Manne (d).
Los Angeles, October 27, 1953.

A3, A4, B5
Carson Smith (b), Larry Bunker (d).
Los Angeles, July 30, 1953.

A5:
Bob Whitlock (b), Bobby White (d).
Los Angeles, April 17, 1953.

SIDE A:

1 TIME AFTER TIME
2 MY FUNNY VALENTINE
3 EASY TO LOVE
4 LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY
5 THE LAMP IS LOW

SIDE B:

1 THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU
2 THE THRILL IS GONE
3 LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING
4 BUT NOT FOR ME
5 CARSON CITY STAGE

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