Includes four bonus tracks recorded with film composer Ennio Morricone.
Personnel includes: Chet Baker (vocals, trumpet); Ennio Morricone (arranger); Bobby Jaspar (tenor saxophone, flute); Rene Thomas (guitar); Amadeo Tommasi (piano); Benoit Quersin (bass); Daniel Humair (drums).
Recorded in Italy, 1962. Includes liner notes by James Gavin (Chet Baker biographer).
This is part of Bluebird's First Editions series.
Recorded in Italy in 1962, Chet Is Back! showcases the "cool" trumpeter cutting loose on such bop-oriented workouts as "Pent-Up House" and "Well, You Needn't." Backed skillfully by a young cadre of up-and-coming European musicians, including the stellar saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, Chet Baker may have never sounded better, including on the ballads. One listen to "Over the Rainbow" and it's clear this is an overlooked Baker classic. [Fans should check out the 2003 reissue of Chet Is Back!, which includes four orchestral pop bonus tracks Baker recorded with Ennio Morricone around the same time as this session.] ~ Matt Collar