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Chet Baker: The Pacific Jazz Years [Box]

Chet Baker: The Pacific Jazz Years [Box]


Chet Baker's recordings for the Pacific Jazz label have gained such legendary tenure that they have practically come to define the L.A. cool jazz scene of the mid-'50s. The Pacific Jazz Years is a four-CD compilation that highlights over three and a half hours of Baker's fluid trumpet and supple vocal work. Over the five-year span (1952-1957) documented on this collection, Baker was incorporated into several unique musical unions. Perhaps the most intriguing were the combos that included Baker and Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax). Among the tracks represented by this short-lived band is the classic "My Funny Valentine," "Freeway," and "My Old Flame." Highlights from Baker's vocal sessions are also included. "Let's Get Lost," "You Don't Know What Love Is," "Grey December," and "But Not for Me" are among the tracks that also feature the Baker-led quartet of Russ Freeman (piano), Carson Smith (bass), and Bob Neel (drums). Likewise, there are several key tracks from the underrated quintet that teamed Baker with Phil Urso (tenor sax) and Art Pepper (alto sax). For hardcore enthusiasts, The Pacific Jazz Years offers several previously unissued sides. "Come Out Wherever You Are," "What's New," and "Half Nelson" are from a June 1953 performance of the legendary Stan Getz/Chet Baker quintet at The Haig in Los Angeles. Additionally, there is a 17-plus-minute live version of "All the Things You Are" that also features Baker and Getz with Freeman, Smith, and Shelly Mann (drums). Accompanying the four-disc set is a 40-page booklet that includes Baker's complete discography and the ageless photography of William Claxton, as well as an informative essay from noted jazz author Ted Giola. The Pacific Jazz Years is an ideal primer for both the curious as well as the Chet Baker collector. ~ Lindsay Planer, 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.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Pacific Jazz
  • UPC: 077778929222
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Freeway
  • 2. My Old Flame
  • 3. Five Brothers
  • 4. My Funny Valentine
  • 5. Come Out Wherever You Are (Previously Unreleased)
  • 6. What's New (Previously Unreleased)
  • 7. Half Nelson (Previously Unreleased)
  • 8. All The Things You Are
  • 9. Bea's Flat
  • 10. Moon Love
  • 11. Happy Little Sunbeam
  • 12. But Not For Me
  • 13. I Get Along Without You Very Well
  • 14. I Fall In Love Too Easily
  • 15. Let's Get Lost
  • 16. You Don't Know What Love Is
  • 17. Grey December
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Russ Job
  • 2. Lullaby Of The Leaves
  • 3. Dandy Line, A
  • 4. Carson City Stage
  • 5. All The Things You Are (Previously Unreleased)
  • 6. Love Nest
  • 7. Lush Life
  • 8. Say When
  • Disc 3:
  • 1. Minor Yours
  • 2. Tynan Time
  • 3. Picture Of Heath
  • 4. C.T.A.
  • 5. To Mickey's Memory (Stereo)
  • 6. Lucius Lu (Stereo)
  • 7. Jumpin' Off A Clef (Stereo)
  • 8. Music To Dance By (Stereo)
  • 9. Festive Minor
  • 10. Song Is You, The
  • 11. My Old Flame
  • Disc 4:
  • 1. Pro Defunctus
  • 2. Moonlight Becomes You
  • 3. Bockhanal
  • 4. Stella By Starlight
  • 5. Half Dozens, The
  • 6. Foggy Day, A
  • 7. Mythe
  • 8. Rebel At Work
  • 9. Let Me Be Loved
  • 10. Twenties Late
  • 11. A Minor Benign (Previously Unreleased)
  • 12. Ponder (Previously Unreleased)
  • 13. X (Previously Unreleased)
 
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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