Chet Baker – Somewhere Over The Rainbow


Chet Baker’s good looks and somewhat halting delivery made him seem the James Dean of jazz. However, behind the youthful charm and celebrity image of his early years, he was a musician who transcended such sub-genres as “bebop” or “cool.” In fact, Somewhere Over The Rainbow is testament to the fact that Baker’s musical output can’t be easily pigeonholed.

On this 1962 release, we hear the legendary trumpeter on uptempo versions of “Blues in the Closet,” the little-known but cleverly penned Oscar Pettiford tune, and an inventive version of Thelonious Monk’s “Well You Needn’t,” where Baker slowly builds his solo until he explodes into a deluge of ascending and descending chromatic flourishes. Although Baker was much more than just a ballad player, intimate versions of “These Foolish Things” and the title track, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” add an air of dreaminess to one of Baker’s most distinctive albums of the ’60s.

Personnel: Chet Baker (trumpet); Bobby Jaspar (tenor saxophone, flute); Amadeo Tommasi (piano); Rene Thomas (guitar); Benoit Quersin (bass); Daniel Humair (drums).


01. Well You Needn’t
02. These Foolish Things
03. Star Eyes
04. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
05. Pent-Up House
06. Blues in the Closet

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