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Album Review: Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker – Ballads for Two

In an odd way, it’s entirely fitting that nowhere on the sleeve or label does Ballads for Two indicate when the album was recorded or originally released. It’s fitting because there’s nothing about this album that ties it to a particular place or time. The record is comprised of eight cuts featuring nothing more than

Album Review: Chet Baker — Early Chet

If you’re inclined that way, you can take issue with the title of Early Chet: Chet Baker in Germany 1955-1959. By ’55, the renowned trumpeter had already risen to some level of fame in his native USA. He played with Charlie Parker in 1952, and by 1955 he had a tidy stack of releases under

August Jazz Roundup #1

In my occasional series of capsule reviews, I arbitrarily limit myself to a specific word-count; as much as anything else, it’s to keep the editor in me amused. Anyway, today I take a look at four jazz reissues and one archival jazz release, each in the space of 150 words. Chet Baker – Plays the