Italian Movies [Box]


Before delving into the music on this collection, it's important to offer a note of caution to Chet Baker fans: Italian Movies is not a really a compilation of the trumpeter's work, so much as a series of film scores by the great composer Piero Umiliani between 1958 and 1964 on which he is featured either as a soloist or as part of the orchestra. It might better have been marketed to Umiliani fans, but it's tough to fault label Moochin' About for a little creative license when repackaging a previous issue of this music that appeared on Liuto Records -- that one was co-billed to the pair. Other than on disc three -- where Baker doesn't get to solo until track nine in the score for 1962's Smog, yet is still featured for 20 minutes -- there is plenty of him to go around as he works amid his Italian contemporaries. Despite the period, one in which his drug addiction was particularly difficult to manage, his playing is taut, muscular, and inventive throughout. His solos bear the entire strength of his phrasing signature. Disc one contains the scores for 1959's Audace Colpo Dei Soliti Ignoti, 1958's I Soliti Ignoti, and Urlatorialla Sbarra (1960). The hard bop blues play an enormous part in all three. Baker's soloing is extremely expressive inside these charts. Highlights include "Motorizzazione," "Gassman Blues Pts. 1-2" [sic], and "Tema d'Amore." For those who saw Let's Get Lost, Bruce Weber's 1988 film on the trumpeter, "Arriverderci," the tune that plays during the end credits, is from Urlatori Alla Sbarra. It is included here at the end of disc one, with Baker singing amid Italian dialogue. Disc two is lighter fare musically, consisting entirely of the score for 1964's Intrigo a Los Angeles. Bossa was still a big part of the Italian scene and would be for a few years to come, as was loungy discotheque music. Baker's parts are nonetheless lovely in this decidedly non-jazz setting. Check his bluesy mute work on "Jazz Bar" and low-register blusters in "Pedinamento." Umiliani's score for Franco Rossi's Smog includes the added treat of dreamy vocals by Helen Merrill on "Dawn." On the first eight cues, Baker plays in a rather spirited ensemble whose charts swing with a Latin flair -- and quote briefly from "Tequila" in "California in the Summer." In addition to the music, there is a short liner essay by Umiliani about working with Baker. Italian Movies is handsomely packaged with iconic photos of Baker, includes full credits, and comes at a reasonable price. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Moochin' About
  • UPC: 827565060108
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Track listings

  • Disc 1: I Soliti Ignoti/Audace Colpo Dei Soliti Ignoti/Urlatori Alla Sbarra:
  • 1. Sentirsi Soli [Aka Alone In A Crowd] [From Audace Colpo Dei Soliti Ignoti]
  • 2. I Soliti Ignoti [Aka Lyda/Aka Movimenti Con Swing] [From Audace Colpo Dei Soliti Ignoti]
  • 3. Tensione [From Audace Colpo Dei Soliti Ignoti] (With Chet Baker)
  • 4. Relaxin' With Chet [From Audace Colpo Dei Soliti Ignoti] (With Chet Baker)
  • 5. Motorizzazione [From I Soliti Ignotti] (With Chet Baker)
  • 6. Gassman Blues, Pts. 1 2 [From I Soliti Ignotti] (With Chet Baker)
  • 7. Tema D'amore [Aka Finale] [From I Soliti Ignotti] (With Chet Baker)
  • 8. Improvvisando In Blues [From Urlatorialla Sbarra] (With Chet Baker)
  • 9. Furtivamente [From Urlatorialla Sbarra] (With Chet Baker)
  • 10. Arriverderci [From Urlatorialla Sbarra] (With Chet Baker)
  • Disc 2: Intrigo A Los Angeles:
  • 1. Idillio Giallorosa [From Intrigo A Los Angeles]
  • 2. Minorenne Cercasi [From Intrigo A Los Angeles] (With Chet Baker)
  • 3. Movimento Con Swing [From Intrigo A Los Angeles]
  • 4. Tipi Sospetti [From Intrigo A Los Angeles]
  • 5. Motel [From Intrigo A Los Angeles]
  • 6. Spogliarello Da Circo [From Intrigo A Los Angeles]
  • 7. Jazz Bar [From Intrigo A Los Angeles]
  • 8. Pedinamento [From Intrigo A Los Angeles] (With Chet Baker)
  • 9. Agguato [From Intrigo A Los Angeles]
  • 10. Nel Labirinto [From Intrigo A Los Angeles]
  • 11. Ritmo Neutronico [From Intrigo A Los Angeles] (With Chet Baker)
  • 12. Contagio Atomico [From Intrigo A Los Angeles] (With Chet Baker)
  • 13. Messaggio Elettronico [From Intrigo A Los Angeles]
  • 14. Fissione Nucleare [From Intrigo A Los Angeles]
  • 15. Comunicazione Spaziale [From Intrigo A Los Angeles] (With Chet Baker)
  • 16. Spogliarello Da Circo (Ii) [From Intrigo A Los Angeles]
  • 17. Agguato (Ii) [From Intrigo A Los Angeles] (With Chet Baker)
  • Disc 3: Smog:
  • 1. Neopolitan Phantasy [From Smog] (With Chet Baker)
  • 2. Dawn [From Smog] (Featuring Helen Merrill)
  • 3. Hollywood Tonight [From Smog] (With Chet Baker)
  • 4. California In The Summer [From Smog] (With Chet Baker)
  • 5. Smog [From Smog] (Featuring Helen Merrill)
  • 6. Tops [From Smog]
  • 7. Tension [From Smog]
  • 8. Bowling [From Smog]
  • 9. Smog (I) [From Smog]
  • 10. Smog (Ii) [From Smog] (With Chet Baker)
  • 11. Twilight In Los Angeles [From Smog] (With Chet Baker)
  • 12. Thinking Blues [From Smog]
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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