Chet Baker + Bud Shank - The James Dean Story
Recorded in Los Angeles on November 8, 1956
Original Release Date: June 20, 2000
Audio CD: June 20, 2000
Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
Label: Blue Note Records
Bitrate: mp3 192-256 kbps
The James Dean Story is a documentary that was made in the 1950s. It's very dated and slow-paced by today's standards, of interest only to historian documentarians and james dean fanatics. The soundtrack, however, is a little more accesable. This album is full of bebop jazz, with impressive trumpet and piano work. The music sets a perfect tone for the type of music often associated with James Dean's era (the mid 1950s). Although Dean is often associated with youthful rebellion and rock and roll, he actually preferred classical music and jazz ( which were still the most popular types of music in America at the time of his death ). ~ J.
This album is something different than just another Chet Baker session from the fifties. I love Baker of course, and certainly I don't mean that a session from Chet is something not precious. But this album is more a collective effort from an extraordinary group of musicians than a Chet's date, this is what I mean. Sonically, it doesn't present the hallmark of Chet Baker's music (apart maybe "Let me be loved" that is sunged by Chet). It's pure west coast jazz of the highest caliber with all the precious things that it means for each of us. I mean that you have swingin' moments and more "abstract" or orchestrated moments but in any case the charts and the writings are always absolutly exceptional. Pure west coast delight all the way. It is not "only" a good blowing session, it's something more elaborated. Being a soundtrack for the documentary about the life of James Dean it follows a sort of concept and the music flows trying to tell the story of the different moments of the man's life. The list of musicians is absolutly stunning: Bud Shank, Chet Baker, Don Fagerquist, Charlie Mariano, Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Pepper Adams, Claude Williamson, Monte Budwig and so on, you have the picture. The arrangements are from two of the greatest arrangers of the era, Johnny Mandel and Bill Holman, infact the charts are incredible. The year is 1956. What are you waiting for? ~ Jazzcat "stef"
Credits: Artwork By [Reissue Design By] - Patrick Roques
Vocals - Chet Baker
Bass - Monte Budwig
Bongos - Mike Pacheco (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 6, 8 to 11)
Composed By - Leith Stevens (tracks: 1 to 8, 10)
Drums - Mel Lewis
Flute - Don Fagerquist (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 6, 8 to 11)
Orchestrated By, Arranged By, Conductor - Bill Holman (tracks: 3 to 7, 9 to 11) , Johnny Mandel (tracks: 1, 2, 8)
Piano - Claude Williamson
Saxophone [Alto] - Charlie Mariano (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 6, 8 to 11) , Herbie Steward
Saxophone [Alto], Flute - Bud Shank (tracks: 1 to 6, 8 to 11)
Saxophone [Baritone] - Pepper Adams (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 6, 8 to 11)
Saxophone [Tenor] - Bill Holman (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 11) , Richie Kamuca (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 6, 8 to 11)
Trombone - Milt Bernhart (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 6, 8 to 11)
Trumpet - Chet Baker , Ray Linn (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 6, 8 to 11)
Tracks 3, 7 and 11 are mono.
All tracks issued in stereo for the first time.
Note: The minor left channel drop-outs in tracks 2 and 10 are in the original master tapes.
Chet Baker + Bud Shank - The James Dean Story Tracks:
01 Jimmy's Theme (2:52)
02 The Search (4:46)
03 Lost Love (3:39)
04 People (3:35)
05 The Movie Star (3:36)
06 Fairmont, Indiana (4:34)
07 Rebel At Work (3:44)
08 Success And Then What? (3:58 )
09 Let Me Be Loved (4:11)
10 Hollywood (5:06)
11 Let Me Be Loved (Vocal Version) (2:14)