He is one of a handful of young singers whose career should be carefully tracked. He knows how to swing with style, and performs standards with a refreshing sense of conviction.
Jeff Baker's followup to 2004's "Baker Sings Chet" features new looks at a collection of great standards including "That Old Feeling," "I Didn't Know What Time it Was," and 10 others. Arranged by former Nneena Freelon musical director Bill Anschell and featuring saxophonist Brent Jensen, "Monologue" is an unpretentious, eclectic set of music. "÷infectious persona, energy, and talent÷a fresh sound in vocal jazz." - Jeff Fox, JazzWorks.
1. That Old Feeling
2. Answer Me
3. You Don't Know What Love Is
4. Nightingale Sang
5. I Didn't Know What Time
6. You Are Too Beautiful
7. The More I See You
8. Come Ready
9. It's Always You
10. Midnight Blue
11. The Promise
12. Beautiful Friendship
Arranged by Bill Anschell and Jeff Baker
Produced by Jeff Baker
Assistant producers: Reed Ruddy, Bill Anschell, John Bishop
Recorded at Studio X, Seattle, WA September 19th & 20th 2004
Engineered and mixed by Reed Ruddy
Assistant Engineer: Sam Hofstedt
Mastered by Ed Brooks, RFI Mastering, Seattle, WA
Liner Notes by Scott Yanow
Layout and Design by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
Vocalist Jeff Baker -- who'd just earned a degree in Music Education -- took a risk and put the money he'd saved for grad school into making a CD. That was last year's Baker Sings Chet Baker (OA2 Records). Baker's good debut didn't rise to the level of top-notch excellence of his second outing, Monologue -- sophomore jinx be damned. A good deal ...
JazzTrenzz (Karl Stober)
As the song states "A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square", and should continue to do so, in every square, studio and venue, this young man can find an open mic. Jeff Baker just reincarnates standards, bringing a new appeal to them. This young talent is just a pure pleasure to experience, take the time to do so as well. Mr. Baker's second project ...
All About Jazz (Stephen Latessa)
Monologue is not the most appropriate title for vocalist Jeff Baker's followup to Baker Sings Chet. To his credit, Baker cedes plenty of the spotlight to his band. The result is far more conversational than its title would lead one to believe. Singers seem to fall into one of two categories. The first is the Tony Bennett/Nat King Cole type, act ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
A quick sophomore release following the previous year's Baker Sings Chet, Monologue is another chance for jazz singer Jeff Baker to come out of his Idahoan hiding place. The songs vary a good deal more than the Chet Baker repertoire of his debut, and provide a larger palette for him to work with. As such, there's a greater spectrum of sound as a re ...