Chet Baker Sings

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Chet Baker Sings
Chet Baker Sings.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril/May 1954[1]
RecordedFebruary 15, 1954
GenreWest Coast jazz, cool jazz, vocal jazz
Length43:55 LP/CD reissue
LabelPacific Jazz
ProducerRichard Bock
Chet Baker chronology
Witch Doctor
(1953)
Chet Baker Sings
(1954)
Grey December
(1953-55)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3.5/4 stars[3]

Chet Baker Sings is the debut vocal album by jazz musician Chet Baker, released in 1954 by Pacific Jazz Records. In 2001, the album received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.[4] Baker would return to selections from this album throughout his career. "My Funny Valentine" was regularly included in his concert performances, and is considered by some to be his signature song.

Track listing[edit]

Original LP (Pacific PJLP-11)[edit]

Side one:

  1. "But Not for Me" - 3:04
  2. "Time After Time" - 2:46
  3. "My Funny Valentine" - 2:21
  4. "I Fall in Love Too Easily" - 3:21

Side two:

  1. "There Will Never Be Another You" - 3:00
  2. "I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)" - 2:59
  3. "The Thrill is Gone" - 2:51
  4. "Look for the Silver Lining" - 2:39

1956 LP reissue (Pacific PJ-1222)[edit]

This issue features additional tracks 1-6, which were recorded on July 23 and 30, 1956.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."That Old Feeling"Lew Brown, Sammy Fain3:03
2."It's Always You"Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke3:35
3."Like Someone in Love"Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke2:26
4."My Ideal"Newell Chase, Leo Robin, Richard A. Whiting4:22
5."I've Never Been in Love Before"Frank Loesser4:29
6."My Buddy"Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn3:19
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."But Not for Me"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin3:04
8."Time After Time"Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn2:46
9."I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)"Hoagy Carmichael2:59
10."My Funny Valentine"Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart2:21
11."There Will Never Be Another You"Harry Warren, Mack Gordon3:00
12."The Thrill Is Gone"Lew Brown, Ray Henderson2:51
13."I Fall in Love Too Easily"Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn3:21
14."Look for the Silver Lining"Jerome Kern, Buddy DeSylva2:39

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard May 8, 1954
  2. ^ Mason, Stewart. Chet Baker Sings at AllMusic
  3. ^ {{cite book|last = Cook|first = Richard|author-link = Richard Cook (journalist)|author2 = Brian Morton|author2-link = Brian Morton (Scottish writer)|title = The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings|edition = 9th|series = The Penguin Guide to Jazz|year = 2008|publisher = Penguin|location = London|isbn = 978-0-14-103401-0 | page = 65
  4. ^ Grammy.com