A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame
We guarantee you have never heard this album — or any later Chet Baker album — sound as good as this one does.
There’s so much life in these grooves. The sound jumps out of the speakers right into your lap. This kind of warm, rich, Tubey Magical analog sound is gone forever. You have to go back to 1974 to find it!
The early ’70s were a good time for Van Gelder, the engineer for these sessions. Grover Washington Jr.’s All the King’s Horses from 1973 is an amazing Demo Disc for large group. We could easily name-check a dozen others on CTI recorded by RVG that we’ve done shootouts for.
But any album only sounds good on the copies that it sounds good on, on the pressings that were mastered, pressed and cleaned right, a fact that seems to have eluded most jazz vinyl aficionados interested in good sound but axiomatic (if not tautological) here at Better Records.
The extended song structures, ranging from four to seven minutes in length, leave plenty of room for the band to stretch out.
And of course Chet sings the title track beautifully. (more…)