Chet Baker - Milestones

Product Code: CHCD 71042
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Track List:

1) Milestones
2) Deep In A Dream
3) Once Upon A Summertime
4) Mr. B
5) I Waited For You
6) Stella By Starlight
7) For Minors Only

This is a collection of classic standards performed by trumpet and vocal legend Chet Baker.
Chesney H. Baker was born on December 23, 1929 in Yale, Oklahoma, moved to California in 1940, and was two years into his high-school studies there before he commenced anything with a trumpet. He had a few lessons at the school's instrumental training class, the only lessons he ever took. In 1946, Chet enlisted into the Army and while posted in Germany he joined the Army Band. In 1948 he obtained his release and went to study music, although his rebellious nature saw that he didn't finish his course. In 1951 he rejoined the Army for a purpose; he was drafted to San Francisco, there to play marches during the day and to jam with the jazzmen of the California by night. In 1952 he left the Army again and a month later Charlie Parker signed him a string of west coast engagements exposing him to a much wider audience. 

It was soon after this that Chet joined the famous Gerry Mulligan Quartet, and the band were huge success and Chet had was voted 'Trumpeter of the Year.' In 1953, Pacific Jazz released Chet Baker Sings, a record which would boost his profile while alienating some traditional jazz fans, however, in 1954 Baker won the Downbeat Jazz Poll. Over the next decade he continued to play with an assortment of small combos and became an icon of the west-coast scene. Sadly his career was stuttered with a succession of convictions and personal tragedies dentures. 

From 1978 until his death, Baker resided and played almost exclusively in Europe, returning to the USA roughly once per year for a few performance dates. From 1978 to 1988 was Baker's most prolific era as a recording artist and although none of these recordings ever reached a wider audience many of them were well-received by critics, who maintain that this was probably Baker's most mature and most rewarding phase. 

Baker died in 1988 after a lifelong battle with addiction. At the age of only 58 it was a tragic loss to the jazz community.

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