Chet Baker & Crew

Chet Baker & Crew


Chet Baker (trumpet & vocals), Bobby Timmons (piano), Phil Urso (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Bond (bass), Peter Littman (drums), Bill Loughbrough (timpani)

recorded in 1956

Pacific Jazz 1224

Pure Pleasure Records : 2 LPs 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - To Mickey's Memory
A2 - Slightly Above Moderate
A3 - Halema
A4 - Revelation
B1 - Something For Liza
B2 - Lucius Lu
B3 - Worrying The Life Out Of Me
B4 - Medium Rock
C1 - To Mickey's Memory (Alternate Take)
C2 - Jumpin' Off A Clef
C3 - Chippyin'
D1 - Pawnee Junction
D2 - Music To Dance By
D3 - Line For Lyons

Recorded in July 1956 at the Forum Theater, Los Angeles.

The numbers heard on Chet Baker & Crew were among a prolific flurry of recordings Baker was involved in during the last week of July 1956, fresh from an extended European stay. The crew on these sides includes Phil Urso (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Peter Littman (drums), and of course Baker (trumpet/vocals). Joining the combo on both the original as well as the alternate take of “To Mickey’s Memory” and “Pawnee Junction” is Bill Loughbrough (chromatic tympani). 

His unmistakable percussive accents and tuned drum solos give these West Coast bop tracks uniquely Polynesian intonations. The band members take full advantage of their individual roles and abilities as soloists to really stretch out on “Slightly Above Moderate” and the Urso-credited composition “Halema” — named after Baker’s wife. The chemistry of cool that flows between Urso and Baker is perhaps at its finest during the seamless exchange heard on “Worryin’ the Life Out of Me.” Timmons also boasts notable contributions throughout. His playful and scampering style dresses up the bluesy “Lucius Lu” and “Line for Lyons,” among others. The latter is also notable as it contains the sole Baker vocal on this set.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.