[JPL] Chet Baker AAJ Article

Forrest Faubion forrestfaubion at gmail.com
Mon Oct 20 19:49:20 EDT 2008


Hi Bill,

Thanks for your comments about the Chet Baker CD "Chet In Chicago".  Please
let me know if you want a copy for airplay.

Best Regards,

Forrest Faubion
Allegro Media Group
exclusive distributor for Enja and associated labels in the USA & Canada

On Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 2:32 AM, Bill Barton <seekandlisten at gmail.com>wrote:

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> This article sells Baker short in my opinion.
>
> "His recordings are immediately accessible and completely digested, and
> therefore, understandable."
>
> What?  Completely digested?  Curious choice of words...
>
> "Baker is never flashy or dissonant. He proves to be quite the
> traditionalist when approaching a melody and then improvising on it. This
> is
> what makes Baker so readily listenable where a true trend-setter like John
> Coltrane presents music (particularly on his late-period Impulse! releases)
> too challenging for pedestrian listening."
>
> Sorry, but we're in the 21st Century now and this neo-con party-line
> dismissal of late-period Coltrane as "difficult listening" just doesn't cut
> it.  The old comparing apples to oranges cliche applies here.  Pedestrian
> listening?  So the writer's selling point for Baker is that his playing and
> singing is dandy for pedestrian listening?  What nonsense!  I'd suggest
> that
> the writer of this article hasn't really listened to any of the almost
> heartbreakingly intense ballad performances that Baker recorded over the
> years.  "Pedestrian" is one of the last words that springs to mind.  "Once
> Upon A Summertime" might be a good place to start...
>
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