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Baker and Catherine in Zagreb, Croatia22 janvier 2011
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There is some fine interplay between the great trumpet player and singer Chet and the great Belgian guitar player Philip Catherine, there are some fine solos all-around, some interesting piano and drums work by Chet (sparse and elegant, what did you think?) and it was a wise decision to invite the elegant alto-sax player Allan Praskin to drop by in the end(since the bass player didn't show up for this gig in Zagreb)...
Basically, although I liked this CD quite a lot, this will not become my favorite Chet Baker album - MAYBE it's because I didn't care for Catherine's occasional attempts to substitute the bass (I prefer his harmonic/melodic work). BUT if you like either Chet or Catherine, you should get this album for your collection. I'm giving it 4 stars although the ACTUAL grade would be 4 and a half if it was possible....
Not the best, but worth owning for loyal fans4 août 2015
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I have to agree with a previous review that this is not the best work, but I also have to applaud the outcome of this recording session. In essence Baker and Catherine dispensed with a bassist and performed as a duo. There is a back story about the lack of a bassist that I will go into in a comment if anyone is interested, but the story does not really affect the music one way or they other.
Run through the sound samples on this page for an idea of the music itself. Baker doubles on piano and that is one of the reasons why I awarded this four stars instead of three. Catherine's guitar is the highlight of this album to be perfectly frank. Also, this is not totally a collection of duos. Allan Praskin is on alto sax on a track with Baker on drums. Chet once quipped that it took a great drummer to be better than no drummer. Here he should have heeded his own adage. But, still, he demonstrated some skills. Not great, but not terrible. His piano playing was also passable (and better than his drumming.)
This was recorded in Zagreb, Yugoslavia on October, 25, 1985 for the timeless label. If you are a staunch Baker fan or a jazz guitarist you will probably enjoy this if you heed the caveats above. If you are just now exploring Baker's body of work, put this one off and explore some of his 50s and 60s albums.