Trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker had already achieved a high degree of success prior to his association with
Riverside , beginning in 1958 and continuing for six albums through 1959. However, by then, his chemical dependence had tarnished both his musicianship and reputation. But, as shown in this 11-song compilation, Baker staged a comeback of sorts. "Baker may not be moving toward new eminence in jazz," commented Down Beat writer Gilbert Erskine in his review of Baker's In Milan LP on
Riverside , "but, happily, as this date of October 1959 shows, neither is there a sign of a wasted, frittered talent. He plays with warmth and assurance, his gift of melodic inventiveness is paraded clearly and unmistakably, and his sensitivity to luminous tone beauty has not dimmed." Highlight tracks from the lyrical trumpeter and cool-toned singer's
Riverside era include "Look for the Silver Lining," "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "Alone Together."
Each CD also contains a FREE full-length bonus disc featuring other great Riverside artists.
[Included in ALL listed titles]
1. Bobby Timmons - Dat Dere (5:22)
2. Wes Montgomery - Airegin (4:25)
3. Chet Baker - Soft Winds (6:26)
4. Bill Evans Trio - My Foolish Heart (4:56)
5. Charlie Byrd - Desafinado (2:29)
6. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Thermo (6:46)
7. Thelonious Monk - Bemsha Swing (7:42)
8. The Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Bohemia After Dark (7:34)