180 gram vinyl LP in Gatefold packaging
The most significant aspect of this album, which first appeared as Chet –"The Lyrical Trumpet of Chet Baker", is the interaction between Chet Baker and Bill Evans, two perennial jazz stars who only rarely recorded together. By the time this album was made, Chet was known as much for his singing as for his trumpet playing. This LP, however, is entirely instrumental and consists of nine ballads performed in the styles of hard bop to cool jazz.
The rhythm section of Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones was working at the time in Miles Davis’ regular group. All Music Guide reviewer Dave Nathan gave the album a four-star rating, stating that “this is a good album to hear Baker’s special way with the horn, and is made even more attractive with the presence and contributions of top jazz artists”.
CHET BAKER, trumpet
BILL EVANS, piano
HERBIE MANN, flute
PEPPER ADAMS, baritone sax
KENNY BURRELL, guitar (on A3 & B2 only)
PAUL CHAMBERS, bass
CONNIE KAY, drums (on A1-A3, B1-B3 & B6)
PHILLY JOE JONES, drums (on A4 & B4-B5)
New York, December 30, 1958 (A1-A3, B1-B3)
& January 19, 1959 (A4 & B4-B5).
BONUS TRACK (B6):
Chet Baker (tp), Raymond Fol (p), Benoit Quersin (b), Jean-Louis Viale (d).
Paris, France, November 28, 1955.
1 ALONE TOGETHER
2 HOW HIGH THE MOON
3 IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND
4 ‘TIS AUTUMN
1 IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW
2 SEPTEMBER SONG
3 YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO
4 TIME ON MY HANDS
5 YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC
6 ALONE TOGETHER (*)
(*) BONUS TRACK