Chet Baker Quartet Live, Vol. 3: My Old Flame

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Pacific Jazz
PERFORMER: Chet Baker (t), Russ Freeman (p), Carson Smith (b), Bob Neel (d)
CATALOGUE NO: 531573-2

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This is the third and final episode of Baker’s live recordings for Pacific Jazz: it completes a 10 August 1954 date at the Tiffany Club in Los Angeles begun on Vol. 2 with a set of exemplary improvisation. He probably never played better and with more inspiration. In his later years, critics puzzled at why Charlie Parker rated him so highly – the answer lies in his playing here. SN