Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Chet Baker - Love for Sale

This 1986 release finds the legendary trumpeter/singer at the end of his career. However, his inimitable style remains lucid and expressive. On this date, Baker plays a varied program, including uptempo Baker favorites "But Not for Me" and "If I Should Lose You." Baker was also one of the great balladeers of his generation, and even here, at the end of his life, his trumpet playing is unmistakably lyrical and "cool" on the soft-spoken and plaintive version of "You Can't Go Home Again." His mournful phrasing on the bossa nova-tinged "Arboway," highlights the trumpeter's fondness for breathy playing in the lower register of the instrument. A funky version of Cole Porter's "Love for Sale" is a unique feature on this album, but even more exceptional is Baker's version of "Send in the Clowns," featuring Van Morrison on vocals. Finally, it should be noted that pianist, Michel Grailler, and bassist, Riccardo Del Fra, glue each tune together with impressive musical acumen.- from AMG

Artist: Chet Baker
Album: Love For Sale (Live at Ronnie Scott's)
Year: 1986
Label: Jazz Door
Runtime: 59:08

Tracks:
1. But Not For Me (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 5:57
2. Arboway (Rique Pantoja) 6:49
3. If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger/Leo Robin) 6:09
4. My Ideal (Newell Chase/Leo Robin/Richard Whiting) 5:48
5. Nightbird (Enrico Pieranunzi) 6:45
6. Love For Sale (Cole Porter) 9:59
7. Shifting Down (Kenny Dorham) 5:46
8. You Can't Go Home Again (Don Sebesky) 8:01
9. Send In The Clowns (Stephen Sondheim) 3:49

Personnel:
Chet Baker (Trumpet, Vocals)
Michel Graillier (Piano)
Riccardo Del Fra (Double Bass)

Van Morrison (Vocals) - 9

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