Chet Baker

Estate

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Recorded in Belgium in 1983, Estate features Chet Baker backed by one of his best European trios with guitarist Philip Catherine and bassist Jean-Louis Rassinfosse. A lithe guitarist with a sophisticated style well matched to Baker's melodic lyricism, Catherine is as much a featured player here as sideman. Although Great American Songbook compositions were always Baker's preference, here he primarily eschews the Broadway canon in favor of lesser-played jazz standards including Horace Silver's "Strollin'," Charlie Mariano's "Crystal Bells," and Richie Beirach's softly played tango "Leaving." Although the aforementioned tracks have been released under alternate album titles, the trio's 1985 live recording of "My Funny Valentine" is included here as an added bonus. For longtime fans, Estate is essential latter-career Baker.