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Published on Nov 30, 2009
Baby Breeze (1965)
Chet Baker, vocals Bob James, piano Michael Fleming, bass Charlie Rice, drums
"The Touch of Your Lips", a pretty, old Ray Noble ballad, features Chet's singing in a romantic vein, with good backing from Bob James.
Although Chet Baker's recordings from late in his life varied dramatically in quality, this series of studio sessions is a high point in his career. After having his trumpet stolen, he plays beautifully with a borrowed flügelhorn throughout most of these songs with a powerful tone, especially on "Baby Breeze" and Hal Galper's intense "This Is the Thing." Baker delivers some strong vocals on the session led by pianist Bobby Scott, though Scott's huge hit "A Taste of Honey" is marred somewhat by his odd honky tonk piano in the background. This is an unusual compilation worth acquiring. [allmusic.com]