Thursday, 27 August 2009

Chet Baker ”Broken Wing”

Chet Baker

”Broken Wing
( LP Sonopresse Records, 1978 )
Catalog # 2S 068 16685

01 Broken Wing
02 Black Eyes
03 Oh You Crazy Moon
04 How Deep Is the Ocean?
05 Blue Gilles

Chet Baker (vocals, trumpet);
Phil Markowitz (piano);
Jean Francois Jenny Clarke (double bass);
Jeff Brillinger (drums)

Recorded in Paris, France, December 28, 1978

Chet Baker recorded many albums in Europe during his final decade. This hard-to-find LP matches his trumpet with pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Jean-Francois Jenny Clark and drummer Jeff Brillinger for a date in Paris. Chet sings on “Oh You Crazy Moon” and stretches out on trumpet during a fresh repertoire that includes “Broken Wing,” Wayne Shorter’s “Black Eyes,” “How Deep Is the Ocean?” and Baker’s own “Blue Gilles.” Even with his chaotic lifestyle, most of Chet Baker’s recordings are worth acquiring and Broken Wing is better than average.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

The Jazz in Paris–Broken Wing reissue presents a 1978 quartet recording by the trumpeter Chet Baker and adds two lengthy alternative takes to the LP from which it’’s derived. The Paris rhythm section–Phil Markowitz on piano, Jean-Francois Jenny-Clarke on bass and Jeff Brillinger on drums–provide ideal support with some particularly impressive bass solos. Chet’’s wistful singing is heard on “Oh, You Crazy Moon” but otherwise his poignant trumpet, lyrical and beautifully controlled, is predominant. The spirit of Miles Davis hovers at Chet’’s shoulder, but he has his own tone and phrasing, less dramatic but subtly insinuating. “Blue Gilles”, a Baker original, is a very slow, mournful lament dedicated to Gilles Gautherin, the producer of this session. Wayne Shorter’’s “Black Eyes”, which comes in two versions, has a medium-tempo bossa nova beat, but otherwise it’’s the slower tempos, at which Baker excelled, that determine the reflective ambience of this late December Franco-American encounter.
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By Rob

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