Chet Baker

Love for Sale [Just a Memory]

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Chet Baker's regular band of 1978 really stretches out on this Montreal club date, with three of the five songs being over 16 minutes apiece. Baker sounds a little off during the melody statement of "Milestones" but in general is in fine form. His scat singing on "There Will Never Be Another You" is inventive and he also takes a vocal on "Oh You Crazy Moon." Baker's own trumpet solos are not that lengthy, meaning that there is plenty of room for Roger Rosenberg (mostly on baritone) and pianist Phil Markowitz to stretch out. The recording quality is decent if not impeccable. Chet Baker collectors will want this one although more general listeners can find more essential sets elsewhere.

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