CHET BAKER – THE EVOLUTION OF AN ARTIST Chet Baker
Beginning in 1953 he was defeating all of his fellow trumpeters in the polls, the important colleagues of modern jazz – Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Clifford Brown – as well as Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge and other giants of the tradition. A sort of miracle had happened. They were celebrating a long grown-up man who looked like a cute, shy teenager, and boasted neither the dexterity of a virtuoso, nor a huge voluminous sound. He wasn't good in any of the classic trumpet domains: he didn't play loudly, nor did he reach those ultra-high notes that some trumpeters like to scream. He abstained from an emotional vibrato and only rarely played quickly barely reaching the lowest standard in a bebop era, which was looking for swift melody lines. He hardly was able to do all of this, for he had lost an incisor, which limited his possibilities, but made his own sound world possible, which has enchanted people around the world.
This 4 cd box contains 76 tracks of the jazz giants and incl. liner notes in english by jounalist Marcus A. Woelfle
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