12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chet Baker admired Billie Holiday’s singular singing, but when he made this 1965 tribute album he’d also been ravaged by drug addiction, like she had. Empathy and sorrow ooze from each deceptively relaxed phrase when Baker sings, making his seductively lush version of “Easy Living” feel like a performance in more ways than one. Elsewhere he sticks to flugelhorn, blowing elegant but wounded lines echoed by mournful English horn on “Don’t Explain,” amid a diaphanous arrangement.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chet Baker admired Billie Holiday’s singular singing, but when he made this 1965 tribute album he’d also been ravaged by drug addiction, like she had. Empathy and sorrow ooze from each deceptively relaxed phrase when Baker sings, making his seductively lush version of “Easy Living” feel like a performance in more ways than one. Elsewhere he sticks to flugelhorn, blowing elegant but wounded lines echoed by mournful English horn on “Don’t Explain,” amid a diaphanous arrangement.

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