Jeff Baker is one the best male vocalists in the Jazz world today. He's smooth, polished and a true jazz singer.
With a smooth, provocative and sometimes haunting vocal treatment, Boise- based singer Jeff Baker explores the music closely associated with the great trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker. With some dynamic new arrangements and a swinging, sympathetic band of several fellow Origin/OA2 artists, Baker Sings Chet is a deep and innovative homage to one of American music's seminal artists, and marks the debut of a fresh new presence in vocal jazz.
1. HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?
2. THE TOUCH OF YOUR LIPS
3. I GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU
4. MY IDEAL
5. BUT NOT FOR ME
6. OH YOU CRAZY MOON
7. THE THRILL IS GONE
8. LET'S GET LOST
9. MY FUNNY VALENTINE
10. EASY LIVING
11. MEDLEY: AUTUMN IN NEW YORK / SEPTEMBER SONG
12. EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON YOU
JEFF BAKER - vocals
CHUCK SMITH - piano
JEFF REW - bass
STEVE HILL - drums
BRENT JENSEN - alto saxophone
ROB WALKER - trumpet & flugelhorn
SANDON MAYHEW - tenor saxophone
STAN BOCK - trombone
Produced by JEFF BAKER
Assistant producers: CHUCK SMITH, REED RUDDY, DANIEL BAIR,
BRENT JENSEN, ROB WALKER
Recorded at CROSSROADS PRODUCTIONS, Vancouver, WA and
ROBERT LANG STUDIOS, Seattle, WA
Engineered and mixed by REED RUDDY
Mastered by ED BROOKS, RFI Mastering, Seattle, WA
Assistant Engineers: CRAIG ALVIN, BRIAN VALENTINO, DANIEL BAIR
Arranged by CHUCK SMITH
Horn arrangements by ROB WALKER
Cover photography by TODD BISHOP
Jeff Baker photos by DAVE GARZONE
Layout & design by JOHN BISHOP/OriginArts
Jazz Review (Joe Doherty)
As a clever play on the title of Chet Baker's "Chet Baker Sings", Jeff Baker's (no relation, as far as my research shows) new CD, "Baker Sings Chet" is a smooth and delightful tribute to Chet Baker. Mr. Baker's interpretation of Chet Baker's (this review might get a tad confusing, methinks)is very honorable. I find that fans of Chet Baker, and fans ...
All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
Jeff Baker is a Boise, Idaho native with a New York state of mind. His debut recording, Baker sings Chet, pays tribute less to Chet than to the music the late vocalist made his own. Jeff Baker has a beautifully smooth and confident vocal style that would sound appealing singing polka music. Backing Mr. Baker is an exquisite septet that sounds damn ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
Baker Sings Chet is the debut album from Jeff Baker, a Boise native that generally sings the choir and club circuits of the area. It's also a clever little play on Chet Baker's debut album title, Chet Baker Sings. The songs presented are all items that were associated with Chet Baker's repertoire over the years, with his classics all here to be hea ...
Berman Music Review (Butch Berman)
You can't deny that perks still play a big roll in the entertainment biz. The once revered 45 rpm record gave way to LPs and then CDs. Now CDs are almost the calling/business card of today. The Web, home CD burners and the whole music-buying scene is such a different ballgame that the once traditional is now merely passe. Thank God, still occas ...