Chet Baker

In a Soulful Mood

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This interesting but weak Chet Baker CD (put out in 1997) has music from a pair of live sessions. The bulk of the CD -- five of the seven numbers -- is from a date in Pueblo, Colorado in 1966 that teams Baker with tenor saxophonist Phil Urso, bassist Chuck Domanico, and drummer Harry Kevis, Jr. All of the numbers (plus a short vocal on "Forgetful" that is not included) comprised the CC Baker release from 1992, Chet Baker Live. Also on this CD are two previously unreleased tracks ("Night Bird" and "I'm Old Fashioned") from 1968, matching the trumpeter with tenor saxophonist Sal Nistico, guitarist Lorne Lofsky, bassist Chris Connors, and drummer Art Frank during an appearance in Buffalo. But since those performances are fairly routine (and not very well recorded), this CD is a lesser item in Chet Baker's huge discography.

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