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Chesney H. Chet Baker (né à Yale, Oklahoma, le 23 décembre 1929, et mort à Amsterdam, Hollande, le 13 mai 1988) est un trompettiste, bugliste et chanteur de jazz.

Sa famille s’installe en Californie en 1939. Chesney échange le trombone offert par son père contre une trompette (il idolâtre alors Harry James !, trompettiste spectaculaire au style bien éloigné de celui qui sera le sien).

Il s’initie à la musique à Glendale (orchestre scolaire), puis se produit bientôt avec des orchestres de danse. Il se passionne surtout pour le saxophoniste Lester Young et ses suiveurs.
En 1946, engagé dans le 2980 Army Band stationné à Berlin, il découvre le Be bop (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker) et les orchestres modernes blancs de l’époque (Woody Herman, Les Brown, Stan Kenton).

Rendu à la vie civile en (1948), il étudie l’harmonie et la théorie musicale, mais s’engage de nouveau (1950 – Presidio Army Band à San Francisco), suite à une déception amoureuse. Premières jam-sessions avec Dexter Gordon et Paul Desmond.

En 1951 il est muté dans un bataillon disciplinaire, il déserte et se fait réformer pour inadaptabilité à la vie militaire. En 1952, il joue avec Vido Musso, Stan Getz et surtout Charlie Parker qui le choisit parmi une cohorte de jeunes trompettistes californiens pour l’accompagner dans une tournée sur la Côte Ouest de Los Angeles à Vancouver au Canada. Il grave ses premiers témoignages discographiques sous la responsabilité de Harry Babasin.

Cette même année, débute la collaboration avec le saxophoniste baryton Gerry Mulligan au sein d’un quartette sans piano (pianoless quartet), formation inhabituelle à l’époque. Le groupe, qui joue tous les lundis soirs au club « The Haig » à Hollywood pendant plusieurs mois, devient rapidement très populaire, grâce notamment à la merveilleuse entente musicale qui lie Mulligan et Baker. Début 1953, le saxophoniste Lee Konitz se joint au quartette à plusieurs reprises. Mulligan forme un tentette auquel participe Chet.

En juin 1953, Mulligan est arrêté pour détention de stupéfiants. Il est condamné à six mois de prison. Un mois plus tard, Chet Baker forme son propre quartet (1953-54) avec Russ Freeman au piano. De l’été 1953 à l’été 1955, Chet enregistre abondamment et dans divers contextes, quartet, sextet, septet, avec ensemble à cordes. Il est entouré par les pointures du Jazz West Coast tels Bud Shank, Zoot Sims, Jack Montrose, Shelly Manne. Mais un disque va connaître un véritable triomphe à travers tout le pays, c’est Chet Baker Sings (1954-1956). Chet devient une icône américaine, à la fois rebelle et fragile. Les magnifiques photos de son ami William Claxton contribuent à véhiculer cette image idéalisée de playboy. Avec ses premiers cachets, Chet achète ses premières automobiles. Une passion qui l’accompagnera toute sa vie. En 1954, Chet Baker est élu trompettiste de l’année par tous les référendums des magazines de jazz. Ce qui lui attirera quelques jalousies.

En septembre 1955, il part pour la première fois en Europe. Il signe rapidement un contrat avec le label français Barclay. Il enregistre dès le mois d’ octobre avec son groupe des faces magnifiques composées pour la plupart par Bob Zieff. Quelques jours plus tard, son pianiste Dick Twardzik meurt d’ overdose dans sa chambre d’ hôtel. Accusé par les parents du pianiste, Chet accuse le coup mais décide pourtant de poursuivre la tournée et enregistre à la tête de diverses formations, surtout françaises.

Après sept mois en Europe, Chet revient aux États-Unis début 1956, et fait découvrir un nouveau style plus dur et plus mûr. A près un longue tournée sur la Côte Est, il revient à Los Angeles et grave de nombreux disques notamment aux côtés du saxophoniste Art Pepper. A la fin de l’ année, il est arrêté pour la première fois en possession de stupéfiants. Au cours de l’ année 1957, sa dépendance à l’ héroïne se fait plus intense. En 1958, il signe avec le label Riversideet enregistre un album vocal et le très beau Chet avec Bill Evans et Philly Joe Jones.
De nouveau en Europe de 1959 à 1964, il est arrêté, emprisonné ou expulsé à plusieurs reprises en Allemagne et en Italie. Ses ennuis avec la justice sont largement couverts par la presse à scandales. Il rencontre aussi en Europe des amis, de nombreux musiciens et un public plus réceptif que le public américain. Il s’initie alors au bugle à Paris.

En 1965, il revient aux États-Unis et enregistre une série de disques pour le label Prestige. Sa popularité n’ est plus celle des années 50 et a des difficultés à trouver des engagements comme la plupart de ses confrères. En 1966, il est agressé par des dealers à San Francisco (mâchoire fracturée, nombreuses dents cassées). Dans l’impossibilité de jouer, il connaît une longue traversée du désert mais après plusieurs années de ré-apprentissage, il remonte sur scène en 1973.

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De 1975 à sa mort, Chet Baker joue et enregistre abondamment en Europe et aussi aux États-Unis. Parmi les musiciens qui l’accompagne, on peut citer les pianistes Phil Markowitz, Enrico Pieranunzi, Michel Graillier ; les guitaristes Doug Rainey, Philip Catherine et les contrebassistes Jean-François Jenny-Clark, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen et Riccardo Del Fra.
Ses nombreux voyages s’achèvent par une mystérieuse chute de la fenêtre de sa chambre d’hôtel, survenue après la prise d’importantes quantités de cocaïne et d’héroïne, le vendredi 13 mai 1988 à Amsterdam en Hollande.

Style:

D’emblée témoignant délicatesse, fragilité, son style évolue dans la deuxième partie de sa carrière : son jeu semble souvent à la limite de la rupture, alternant léger staccato et legato, en de longues phrases sinueuses, sensuelles et vaporeuses, souvent dans le registre grave, soulignées par des effets de souffle et par la proximité du pavillon et du microphone. Il maîtrise surtout à merveille l’art de la ballade (cf. les nombreuses interprétations de son thème fétiche : « My funny Valentine »).

Son chant présente les mêmes caractéristiques, même dans l’improvisation « scat », pourtant fort éloignée de l’exubérance d’un Dizzy Gillespie ou d’une Ella Fitzgerald.

Ses improvisations restent surtout dans un regitre médium, il joue principalement les notes de sa tessiture vocale ,loin des envolées suraigues de Dizzy Gillespie.

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Le bassiste Riccardo del Fra qui a longtemps joué avec Chet explique bien, dans le livre de Gérard Rouy consacré à Chet Baker, sa conception particulière de la musique :

« Je sentais chez lui une profondeur qui me bouleversait, j’ ai aussi appris avec lui le contrôle de soi-même : c’est-à-dire essayer de faire l’ essentiel. La perfection, on le sait, n’existe pas. Mais lui, quand il joue, il en est très proche. Et quand on joue avec lui, il faut vraiment servir la musique et se libérer de son ego. Disons que sa virtuosité est plus magique que technique. »

Au fil d’une existence digne d’un roman noir, son œuvre exprime, par antithèse, un lyrisme délicat et pudique.

Discographie:

1953 : Haig ’53: the other pianoless quartet (Philology)
1953 : L.A get together (Fresh Sound)
1953 : Chet Baker & strings [bonus tracks] (Columbia)
1953 : Chet Baker sings (Pacific Jazz)
1953 : Chet Baker Ensemble : Compositions and arrangements by Jack Montrose (Pacific Jazz)
1953 : Grey December (Pacific Jazz)
1953 : Witch doctor (Original Jazz Classics)
1954 : Chet Baker big band (Pacific Jazz)
1954 : Chet Baker Sextet (Pacific Jazz)
1954 : Jazz at Ann Arbor (Pacific Jazz)
1954 : My funny Valentine (Philology)
1953 : Quartet live, vol. 1: This time the dream’s on me (Blue Note)
1954 : Quartet live, vol. 2: Out of nowhere (Blue Note)
1954 : Quartet live, vol. 3: My old flame (Blue Note)
1954 : The trumpet artistry of Chet Baker (Pacific Jazz)
1954-1956 : Chet Baker sings (Pacific Jazz)
1955 : Chet Baker sings and plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman & strings (Pacific Jazz)
1955 : In Europe (Philology)
1956 : At the Forum Theater (Fresh Sound)
1956 : Chet Baker & Crew (Pacific Jazz)
1956 : Chet Baker cools out (Boblicity)
1956 : Chet Baker in Europe (Pacific Jazz)
1956 : Live in Europe 1956 (Accord)
1956 : Playboys / Picture of heath (Pacific Jazz), même séance publiée sous deux noms différents
1956 : Quartet: Russ Freeman/Chet Baker (Pacific Jazz)
1956 : The James Dean story (Blue Note)
1957 : Embraceable you (Pacific Jazz)
1957 : Pretty/groovy (World Pacific)
1958 : Chet Baker in New York (Riverside)
1958 : Chet Baker introduces Johnny Pace (Original Jazz Classics)
1958 : Chet Baker meets Stan Getz (Verve)
1958 : Chet Baker sings it could happen to you (Riverside)
1958-1962 : Piero Umiliani & Chet Baker (musiques de films composées par Piero Umiliani)
1959 : Chet (Riverside)
1959 : Chet Baker in Milan (Jazzland/OJC)
1959 : Chet Baker plays (Riverside)
1959 : Chet Baker plays the best of Lerner and Loewe (Original Jazz Classics)
1959 : Chet Baker with fifty Italian strings (Original Jazz Classics)
1962 : Chet is back! / Somewhere over the rainbow (RCA), même séance publiée sous deux noms différents
1964 : The most important jazz album of 1964/1965 (Roulette Jazz)
1964 : Brussels 1964 (Landscape)
1964 : Stella by starlight (CMA)
1965 : Baby breeze (Limelight)
1965 : Baker’s holiday: plays & sings Billie Holiday (EmArcy)
1965 : Boppin’ with the Chet Baker quintet (Prestige)
1965 : Comin’ on with the Chet Baker quintet (Prestige)
1965 : Cool burnin’ with the Chet Baker quintet (Prestige)
1965 : Groovin’ with the Chet Baker quintet (Prestige)
1965 : Smokin’ (Prestige)
1966 : A taste of tequila (World Pacific)
1966 : Hats off!!! – avec The Mariachi Brass (World Pacific)
1966 : Into my life (World Pacific)
1969 : Albert’s house (Par)
1970 : Blood, Chet & tears (Verve)
1974 : She was too good to me (CTI/Epic)
1977 : Once upon a summertime (Original Jazz Classics)
1977 : The incredible Chet Baker plays and sings (Carosello)
1978 : At le Dreher (West Wind)
1978 : Broken wing (Inner City / Jazz in paris-Universal)
1978 : Live at Nick’s (Criss Cross)
1978 : Live in Chateauvallon, 1978 (INA / Esoldun)
1978 : Sings, plays: Live at the Keystone Korner (High Note)
1978 : Two a day (All life)
1979 : 79 (Celluloid)
1979 : Ballads for two – with Wolfgang Lackerschmid (Sandra)
1979 : Chet Baker with Wolfgang Lackerschmid (Inakustik)
1979 : Day break (SteepleChase)
1979 : Live in Montmartre, vol. 2 (SteepleChase)
1979 : No problem – avec Duke Jordan (SteepleChase)
1979 : Someday my prince will come (SteepleChase)
1979 : The touch of your lips (SteepleChase)
1979 : This is always (steepleChase)
1979 : Together – avec Paul Desmond (Enja)
1979 : With special guests (featuring Coryell & Williams) (Inakustik)
1980 : Soft Journey – avec Enrico Pieranunzi (Ida)
1980 : Burnin’ at Backstreet (Fresh Sounds)
1980 : Chet Baker and the Boto Brasilian Quartet (Dreyfus)
1980 : Just friends (Circle)
1980 : Live at the Subway, Vol. 1 (Circle)
1980 : Live at the Subway, Vol. 2(Circle)
1980 : Night bird (WestWind)
1980 : Nightbird (Retro Music)
1981 : Live at Fat Tuesday’s (Fresh Sound)
1981 : Live at the Paris Festival (DIW)
1981 : Live in Paris (Norma)
1982 : In concert (India Navigation)
1982 : Out of nowhere (Milestone)
1982 : Peace (Enja)
1982 : Studio Trieste (CTI)
1983 : At Capolinea (Red)
1983 : Club 21 Paris, Vol. 1 (Philology)
1983 : Live at New Morning (Marshmallow)
1983 : Live in Sweden with Åke Johansson trio (Dragon)
1983 : Mister B (Timeless)
1983 : September song (Marshmallow)
1983 : Star eyes (Marshmallow)
1983 : The improviser (Cadence Jazz)
1983 : Blues for a reason (Criss Cross)
1984 : Line for Lyons (Sonet)
1985 : Candy (Gazell)
1985 : Chet Baker in Bologna (Dreyfus)
1985 : Chet’s choice (Criss Cross)
1985 : Diane: Chet Baker and Paul Bley (SteepleChase)
1985 : Hazy hugs (Limetree)
1985 : Live from the moonlight (Philology)
1985 : Misty (IRD)
1985 : My foolish heart (IRD)
1985 : Sings again (Bellaphon)
1985 : Strollin’ (Enja)
1985 : Symphonically (Soul Note)
1985 : There’ll never be another you (Timeless)
1985 : Time after time (IRD)
1985 : Tune up (Westwind)
1986 : As time goes by (Timeless)
1986 : Chet Baker featuring Van Morrison live at Ronnie Scott’s (DRG)
1986 : When sunny gets blue (SteepleChase)
1987 : A night at the Shalimar (Philology)
1987 : Chet Baker lol mdr in Tokyo (Evidence)
1987 : Chet Baker sings and plays from the film « Let’s get lost » (Jive/Novus)
1987 : Four: live in Tokyo, vol. 2 (Paddle Wheel)
1987 : Memories: Chet Baker in Tokyo (Paddle Wheel)
1987 : Welcome back (Westwind)
1988 : Farewell (Timeless)
1988 : In memory of – avec Archie Shepp (L & R Music)
1988 : Little girl blue (Philology)
1988 : My favourite songs, vols. 1-2: The last great concert (Enja)
1988 : Oh you crazy moon (Enja Justin Time)
1988 : Straight from the heart (Enja)
1988 : The heart of the ballad (Phililogy)
1988 : Live In Rosenheim – Last Recording As Quartet

Collaborations:

Avec Gerry Mulligan:

1952-1953: The Original Mulligan Quartet (Pacific Jazz)
1953 : Lee Konitz Plays With The Gerry Mulligan Quartet (World Pacific)
1953 : Gerry Mulligan Tentet (Capitol)
1957 : Reunion
1952-1958 : The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker

Avec Bud Shank :

1966 : California Dreamin’ (World Pacific)
1966 : Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! (World Pacific)
1966 : Michelle (World Pacific)
1968 : Magical Mistery (World Pacific)

Avec Stan Getz :

1953 : West Coast Live (Pacific Jazz)
1958 : Stan Meets Chet (Verve)
1983 : Line For Lyons – Live at Stockholm (Sonet)

Avec Annie Ross :

1958 : Annie Ross Sings A Song With Mulligan! (Pacific Jazz)

Avec Joe Pass :

1965 : A Sign Of The Times (World Pacific)

Avec Jim Hall :

1975 : Concierto (CTI)

Avec Ron Carter :

1980 : Patrao (Milestone)

Avec Rachel Gould:

1979 : All Blues (Bingow)

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Chesney Henry « Chet » Baker Jr. (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988) was an American jazz trumpeter and singer.

Specializing in relaxed, even melancholy music, Baker rose to prominence as a leading name in cool jazz in the 1950s. Baker’s good looks and delicate singing established him as a promising name in pop music as well. But his success was badly hampered by drug addiction, particularly in the 1960s, when he was imprisoned.

He mounted a successful comeback in the ’70s, and died after falling from a hotel window.

Biography:

Early days:

Baker was born and raised in a musical household in Yale, Oklahoma; his father was a professional guitar player. Baker began his musical career singing in a church choir. His father introduced him to brass instruments with a trombone, which was replaced with a trumpet when the trombone proved too large for him.

He received some musical education at Glendale Junior High School, but left school at age 16 in 1946 to join the United States Army. He was posted to Berlin where he joined the 298th Army band. Leaving the army in 1948, he studied theory and harmony at El Camino College in Los Angeles. However he dropped out in his second year, and re-enlisted in the army in 1950. Baker became a member of the Sixth Army Band at the Presidio in San Francisco, but was soon spending time in San Francisco jazz clubs such as Bop City and the Black Hawk. Baker once again obtained a discharge from the army to pursue a career as a professional musician.

Career breakthrough:

Baker’s earliest professional gigs were with Vido Musso’s band, and also with saxophonist Stan Getz. However he earned much more renown in 1951 when he was chosen by Charlie Parker to play with him for a series of West Coast engagements.

In 1952, Baker joined the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, which was an instant phenomenon. Baker became famous on the strength of his solo on their recording of « My Funny Valentine », a song with which he became intimately associated. Several things made the Mulligan/Baker group special, the most prominent being the interplay between Mulligan on baritone sax and Baker on trumpet. Rather than playing melody lines in unison like bebop giants Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, the two would complement each other’s playing with contrapuntal touches, and it often seemed as if they had telepathy in anticipating what the other was going to play next.

They found quick success, but the quartet lasted less than a year because of Mulligan’s arrest and imprisonment on drug charges. In 1954, Baker won the Downbeat Jazz Poll. Over the next few years, Baker fronted his own combo, playing trumpet and singing. He became an icon of the west coast « cool school » of jazz, helped by his good looks and singing talent.

Drug addiction and professional decline:

A heroin user since the 1950s, the effects of drug addiction eventually caught up with Baker, and his promising musical career declined as a result. He served more than a year in prison in Italy on drugs charges, and was later expelled from both West Germany and England for drug-related offenses. Baker was eventually deported from West Germany to the United States after running afoul of the law there a second time. He settled in Milpitas in northern California where he was active in San Jose and San Francisco between short jail terms served for prescription fraud.

In 1966, Baker was severely beaten (allegedly while attempting to buy drugs) after a gig in San Francisco, sustaining severe cuts on the lips and broken front teeth, thus ruining his embouchure. Accounts of the incident vary, largely because of Baker’s lack of reliable testimony on the matter. It has also been suggested that the story is a fabrication altogether, and that Baker’s teeth had just rotted due to heavy substance abuse. From that time he had to learn to play with dentures.

Between 1966 and 1974, Baker mostly played flugelhorn and recorded music that could mostly be classified as early smooth jazz or mood

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Comeback and later career:

After developing a new embouchure due to his dentures, Baker returned to the straight-ahead jazz that began his career, relocating to New York City and began performing and recording again, notably with guitarist Jim Hall. Later in the seventies, Baker returned to Europe where he was assisted by his friend Diane Vavra who took care of his personal needs and otherwise helped him during his recording and performance dates.

In 1983, British singer Elvis Costello, a longtime fan of Baker, hired the trumpeter to play a solo on his song « Shipbuilding », from the album Punch the Clock. The song was a top 40 hit in the UK, and exposed a new audience to Baker’s music. Later, Baker would often feature Costello’s song « Almost Blue » in his live sets, and recorded the song on Let’s Get Lost.
Near the end of Baker’s life, he resided and played almost exclusively in Europe, returning to the USA roughly once per year for a few performance dates.

Death:

At about 3.00 am on Friday May 13, 1988, Baker was found dead on a street below his second storey room at the Prins Hendrik Hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with serious wounds to his head. Heroin and cocaine were found in Baker’s hotel room, and an autopsy discovered these drugs in his body. There was no evidence of a struggle, and the death was ruled an accident. Baker’s body was brought home for interment in the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California. A plaquette outside the hotel now memorializes him.

However, since no one witnessed the death there was room for speculation. Various unsubstantiated rumors have circulated in subsequent years, suggesting that Baker was either murdered or committed suicide.

Book and film biographies:

eroen de Valk wrote a biography of Baker: Chet Baker: His Life and Music. James Gavin has also written a biography: Deep In A Dream — The Long Night of Chet Baker.

Baker was immortalized by the photographer William Claxton in his book Young Chet: The Young Chet Baker. An Oscar-nominated 1988 documentary about Baker, Let’s Get Lost, portrays him as a cultural icon of the 1950s, but juxtaposes this with his later image as a drug addict. The film, directed by fashion photographer Bruce Weber, was shot in black-and-white and includes a series of interviews with friends, family (including his three children by 3rd wife Carol Baker), associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker’s earlier life, and with interviews with Baker from his last years.

Baker was reportedly the inspiration for the character Chad Bixby, played by Robert Wagner in the 1960 film All the Fine Young Cannibals. Another film, titled Prince of Cool, which is claimed to be a new take on the life of Chet Baker « the legendary trumpeter whose heroin addiction contributed to his (reported) suicide in 1988 », is being planned. It will star Josh Hartnett.

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Honours:

1989: elected to Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame by that magazine’s Critics Poll.

In 2005 Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry and the Oklahoma House of Representatives proclaimed July 2, 2005 as “Chet Baker Day”.

Discography:

With Charlie Parker: Inglewood Jam: Bird and Chet Live at the Trade Winds (1952) (Fresh Sound FRS-CD 17)
With Al Haig: Chet Baker: Live at the Trade Winds (1952) (Fresh Sound FSCD1001)
Gerry Mulligan Quartet Featuring Chet Baker (1952) (Fantasy OJCCD-711-2)
Haig ’53: the other pianoless quartet (1953) (Philology)
L.A get together (1953) (Fresh Sound)
Chet Baker & strings [bonus tracks] (1953) (Columbia/Legacy)
Chet Baker sings (1953) (Pacific)
Compositions and arrangements by Jack Montrose (1953) (Pacific Jazz)
Grey December (1953) (Pacific Jazz)
Quartet live, vol. 1: This time the dream’s on me (1953) (Blue Note)
Witch doctor (1953) (Original Jazz Classics)
Chet Baker big band (1954) (Pacific Jazz)
Chet Baker sextet (1954) (Pacific Jazz)
Jazz at Ann Arbor (1954) (Pacific Jazz)
My funny Valentine (1954) (Philology)
Quartet live, vol. 2: Out of nowhere (1954) (Blue Note)
Quartet live, vol. 3: My old flame (1954) (Blue Note)
The trumpet artistry of Chet Baker (1954) (Pacific)
Chet Baker sings and plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman & strings (1955) (Pacific Jazz)
In Europe, 1955 (1955) (Philology)
At the Forum Theater (1956) (Fresh Sound)
Chet Baker & Crew (1956) (Pacific Jazz)
Chet Baker cools out (1956) (Boblicity)
Chet Baker in Europe (1956) (Pacific Jazz)
Chet Baker Sings (1956) (Pacific Jazz)
Live in Europe 1956 (1956) (Accord)
Playboys (1956) (Pacific Jazz)
Quartet: Russ Freeman/Chet Baker (1956) (Pacific Jazz)
The James Dean story (1956) (Blue Note)
Embraceable you (1957) (Pacific Jazz)
Pretty/groovy (1957) (World Pacific)
Chet (The lyrical trumpet of Chet Baker) (1958) (Original Jazz Classics)
Chet Baker in New York (1958) (Riverside/OJC)
Chet Baker introduces Johnny Pace (1958) (Original Jazz Classics)
Chet Baker meets Stan Getz (1958) (Verve)
Chet Baker sings it could happen to you (1958) (Riverside/OJC)
Theme music from « The James Dean story » (1958) (World Pacific)
Chet (1959) (Riverside)
Chet Baker in Milan (1959) (Jazzland/OJC)
Chet Baker plays (1959) (Riverside)
Chet Baker plays the best of Lerner and Loewe (1959) (Original Jazz Classics)
Chet Baker with fifty Italian strings (1959) (Original Jazz Classics)
Picture of heath (1961) (Pacific Jazz)
Chet is back! (1962) (RCA)
Chet is back! (1962) (Bluebird)
Somewhere over the rainbow (1962) (Bluebird)
The most important jazz album of 1964/65 (1964) (Roulette Jazz)
Brussels 1964 (1964) (Landscape)
Chet Baker sings and plays (1964) (Colpix)
Stella by starlight (1964) (CMA)
Baby breeze (1965) (Limelight)
Baker’s holiday: plays & sings Billie Holiday (1965) (EmArcy)
Boppin’ with the Chet Baker quintet (1965) (Prestige)
Comin’ on with the Chet Baker quintet (1965) (Prestige)
Cool burnin’ with the Chet Baker quintet (1965) (Prestige)
Groovin’ with the Chet Baker quintet (1965) (Prestige)
Smokin’ (1965) (Prestige)
A taste of tequila (1966) (World Pacific)
Hats off!!! (1966) (World Pacific)
Into my life (1966) (World Pacific)
Live at Pueblo, Colorado 1966 (1966) (Baker)
Quietly, there (1966) (World Pacific)
Polka dots and moonbeams (1967) (Jazzland)
Albert’s house (1969) (Par)
Blood, Chet & tears (1970) (Verve)
She was too good to me (1974) (Columbia)
Once upon a summertime (1977) (Original Jazz Classics)
The best thing for you (1977) (A&M)
The incredible Chet Baker plays and sings (1977) (Carosellp)
At le Dreher (1978) (West Wind)
Broken wing (1978) (Inner City)
Live at Nick’s (1978) (Criss Cross)
Live in Chateauvallon, 1978 (1978) (Esoldun)
Sings, plays: Live at the Keystone Korner (1978) (High Note)
Two a day (1978) (All live)
79 (1979) (Celluloid)
Ballads for two (1979) (Sandra)
Chet Baker with Wolfgang Lackerschmid (1979) (Inakustik)
Day break (1979) (SteepleChase)
Live in Montmartre, vol. 2 (1979) (SteepleChase)
No problem (1979) (SteepleChase)
Someday my prince will come (1979) (SteepleChase)
The touch of your lips (1979) (SteepleChase)
This is always (1979) (SteepleChase)
Together (1979) (Enja Records)
With special guests (featuring Coryell, Williams & Williams) (1979) (Inakustik)
Burnin’ at Backstreet (1980) (Fresh Sounds)
Chet Baker and the Boto Brasilian Quartet (1980) (Dreyfus)
Just friends (1980) (Circle)
Live at the Subway, Vol. 1 (1980) (Circle)
Live at the Subway, Vol. 2 (1980) (Circle)
Night bird (1980) (WestWind)
Nightbird (1980) (Retro Music)
Live at Fat Tuesday’s (1981) (Fresh Sound)
Live at the Paris Festival (1981) (DIW)
Live in Paris (1981) (Norma)
In concert (1982) (India Navigation)
Out of nowhere (1982) (Milestone)
Peace (1982) (Enja Records)
Studio Trieste (1982) (CTI)
At Capolinea (1983) (Red)
Club 21 Paris, Vol. 1 (1983) (Philology)
Live at New Morning (1983) (Marshmallow)
Live in Sweden with Åke Johansson trio (1983) (Dragon)
Mister B (1983)
Mr. B (1983) (Timeless)
September song (1983) (Marshmallow)
Star eyes (1983) (Marshmallow)
The improviser (1983) (Cadence Jazz)
Blues for a reason (1984) (Criss Cross)
Line for Lyons (1984) (Sonet)
Candy (1985) (Gazell)
Chet Baker in Bologna (1985) (Dreyfus)
Chet’s choice (1985) (Criss Cross)
Diane: Chet Baker and Paul Bley (1985) (SteepleChase)
Hazy hugs (1985) (Limetree)
Live from the moonlight (1985) (Philology)
Misty (1985) (IRD)
My foolish heart (1985) (IRD)
Sings again (1985) (Bellaphon)
Strollin’ (1985) (Enja Records)
Symphonically (1985) (Soul Note)
There’ll never be another you (1985) (Timeless)
Time after time (1985) (IRD)
Tune up (1985) (Westwind)
As Time Goes By (1986) (Timeless)
As time goes by [love songs] (1986) (Timeless)
Chet Baker featuring Van Morrison live at Ronnie Scott’s (1986) (DRG)
Live at Ronnie Scott’s (1986) (Drg)
When sunny gets blue (1986) (SteepleChase)
A night at the Shalimar (1987) (Philology)
Chet Baker in Tokyo (1987) (Evidence)
Chet Baker sings and plays from the film « Let’s get lost » (1987) (Jive/Novus)
Four: live in Tokyo, vol. 2 (1987) (Paddle Wheel)
Memories: Chet Baker in Tokyo (1987) (Paddle Wheel)
Welcome back (1987) (Westwind)
« Blåmann! Blåmann! » (1988) (Hot Club Records, Oslo)
Farewell (1988) (Timeless)
In memory of (1988) (L & R Music)
Little girl blue (1988) (Philology)
My favourite songs, vol. 2: Straight from the heart (1988) (Enja Records)
My favourite songs, vols. 1-2: The last great concert (1988) (Enja Records)
Oh you crazy moon (1988) (Enja Records Justin Time)
Straight from the heart (1988) (Enja Records)
The heart of the ballad (1988) (Phililogy)
The best of Chet Baker sings (1989) (Blue Note Records)

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