Reunion with Chet Baker is an album recorded in 1957 by saxophonist Gerry Mulligan's Quartet with trumpeter Chet Baker which was originally released on the World Pacific label. It was also Chet's first recording in New York where he relocated
Trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker was one of Pacific Jazz's most recognizable artists, but he attained even greater renown after leaving the label in the late 1950s. The eight tunes on the first LP of Chet Baker & Crew comprise the original album, with the second LP adding six more numbers that were recorded at the same time but not released. The swinging bop is in many ways quintessentially West Coast: a loping rhythmic foundation supports an overlay of well-arranged, melodic horns, the piano in a supporting role. Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz is 83 and still making vital music - he just released a live set recorded at the Village Vanguard. He was in his 20s when he "met" Gerry Mulligan, jazz's greatest baritonist and already an established star. Neither is a fiery soloist, preferring to purr instead of wail, and that works well as they trade licks on a group of standards, only one over four minutes long.
Lee Konitz Plays with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet.
W/ Gerry Mulligan Quartet. A simply wonderful pairing of idiosyncratic talents.