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Chet Baker- Plays The Best Of Lerner & Loewe
April 18, 1989
Original Release Date: 1959

Chet Baker/Trumpet, Zoot Sims/Alto & Tenor Saxophones, Pepper Adams/Bari Sax, Herbie Mann/Flute, Bill Evans/Piano, Bob Corwin/Piano, Earl May/Bass, Clifford Jarvis/Drums

1. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face |
2. I Could Have Danced All Night
3. Heather On The Hill, The
4. On The Street Where You Live
5. Almost Like Being In Love
6. Thank Heaven For Little Girls
7. I Talk To The Trees
8. Show Me

Surprisingly, with a similar lineup as the noble failure "Chet," this album on Riverside delivers a more promising result. At least, all the songs flow without trying to churn out flavors in the disguise of boredom. Bill Evans plays with Chet here with a much better understanding. The choice of songs cannot be better. It's one thing to celebrate Lerner and Loewe, the lively duo who wrote such fabulous musicals as My Fair Lady. But it's another thing to let Chet do his own thing while paying tribute to the greats. Another such chewable tactic would be Silent Nights, a Bakeresque tribute to the most renowned Christmas songs. This is one of those albums that reminds us why Chet Baker is itself a jazz phenomenon. A very enjoyable album, albeit no masterpiece, simply speaking.

Extended Listening

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