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Chet Baker’s “The Pacific Jazz Years” Vols.1-4 By Chet Baker


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This book is a complete album, note-for-note transcription of The Chet Baker’s 4 disc set “The Pacific Jazz Years.” Transcribed by Erik Veldkamp, this collection brings an all-time classic album to your music stand for the first time ever, and gives you a chance to save 50% by grabbing all 4 books at once.

These four albums are perfect for anyone seeking a primer of Chet Baker’s takes for Pacific Jazz. The collection boasts over three-and-a-half-hours of primal West Coast cool from one of the sub-genre’s most luminous scene-makers. Although his tenure with the label lasted a mere five years (1952 — 1957), the impact that the artist made continued its influence far beyond the realm of post-bop jazz, thanks in part to the variety of bands featuring Baker as either a member or leader. The legendary combo with Gerry Mulligan was notable as being the only unit of its kind — without a pianist — yielding Baker’s unofficial theme song, the classic “My Funny Valentine.”

Additional highlights by this aggregate are “Freeway” and “My Old Flame.” Many listeners consider Baker’s singing as an acquired taste. Parties fond of his supremely unpretentious and at times seemingly tortured delivery will find a healthy sampling of his vocals, including “But Not for Me,” “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “Let’s Get Lost” and “Grey December.” Chet Baker: The Pacific Jazz Years includes a few otherwise unavailable cuts. Primarily, selections from June ’53 with the Stan Getz/Chet Baker quintet: “Come Out Wherever You Are,” “What’s New” and “Half Nelson” — all of which were captured at the Haig in L.A. As if that weren’t enough, a nearly 18-minute-long performance of “All the Things You Are” with Stan Getz, Russ Freeman, Carlson Smith and Shelly Manne (drums), at the infamous Tiffany Club in 1954 is an additional bonus.

To the left you will find some samples, below is the song list, and above you can grab an immediate digital download.

Song List Vol.1

  1. Freeway
  2. My Old Flame
  3. My Funny Valentine
  4. Come Out Wherever You Are
  5. What’s New
  6. Half Nelson
  7. All The Things You Are
  8. Bea’s Flat
  9. Moon Love
  10. Happy Little Sunbeam
  11. But Not For Me
  12. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Tacet)
  13. I Fall In Love Too Easily
  14. Let’s Get Lost
  15. You Don’t Know What Love Is
  16. Grey December

Song List Vol.2

  1. Russ Job
  2. Lullaby of the Leaves
  3. A Dandy Line
  4. Carson City Stage
  5. All The Things You Are
  6. Love Nest
  7. Lush Life
  8. Say When

Song List Vol.3

  1. Minor Yours
  2. Tynan Time
  3. Picture of Heath
  4. C.T.A.
  5. To Mickey’s Memory
  6. Lucius Lu
  7. Jumpin’ Off a Clef
  8. Music to Dance By
  9. Festive Minor
  10. The Song Is You
  11. My Old Flame

Song List Vol.4

  1. Pro Defunctus
  2. Moonlight Becomes You
  3. Bockhanal
  4. Stella by Starlight
  5. The Half Dozens
  6. A Foggy Day
  7. Mythe
  8. Rebel at Work
  9. Let Me Be Loved
  10. Twenties Late
  11. A-Minor Benign
  12. Ponder
  13. X

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