Chet Baker

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. was raised in a musical household in Oklahoma (his father was a guitar player), and coming of age in Southern California during the bebop era of jazz, Baker found success as a trumpet player 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 piece he was later said to “own”. The Quartet, however, lasted less than a year because of Mulligan's arrest on drug charges.

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Albums

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Early Chet / Chet...
Pacific Jazz Records
2013
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Italian Movie...
Pacific Jazz Records
2013
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This Way, This Time
This Way, This Time
Rhyme Or Reason Records
2012
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She Was Too Good To Me
She Was Too Good To Me
CTI Masterworks
2011
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At The Salt Peanuts...
Pacific Jazz Records
2011
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Alone Together
Pacific Jazz Records
2011
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