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Chet Baker's West Coast cool comes to the Big Apple on Chet Baker in New York. The project would be Baker's first -- in a four album deal -- with the Big Apple-based Riverside Records. The bicoastal artist incorporates his decidedly undernourished sound and laid-back phrasing into the styling of Al Haig (piano), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). The results are uniformly brilliant as Baker's cool-toned solos fly and bop with authority around the equally impressive supporting soloists. Conversely, the same cohesive unity continues on the introspective numbers that are more akin to Baker's California cool. Undoubtedly one of the charms of this collection is the distinct choice of material. Running the gamut from the relaxed and soothing "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and equally serene "Blue Thoughts" at one end of the spectrum to the percolating and driving intensity of "Hotel 49" on the other.


Chet Baker - trumpet

Johnny Griffin - tenor sax

Al Haig - piano

Paul Chambers - bass

"Philly" Joe Jones - drums

New York, September 1958



A1. Fair Weather

A2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams

A3. Hotel 49


B1. Solar

B2. Blue Thoughts

B3. When Lights Are Low

Chet Baker - Chet Baker In New York [LP]

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