by Joe Doherty, Jazz Review
As a clever play on the title of Chet Baker’s “Chet Baker Sings”, Jeff Baker’s (no relation, as far as my research shows) new CD, “Baker Sings Chet” is a smooth and delightful tribute to Chet Baker. Mr. Baker’s interpretation of Chet Baker’s (this review might get a tad confusing, methinks)is very honorable. I find that fans of Chet Baker, and fans of more mainstream vocalists such as Nora Jones or even John Mayer will enjoy Jeff Baker’s delicate yet strong voice and delivery.
Mr. Baker’s approach to the material is not a novel idea, but it’s extremely well executed. Backed by a band of considerable talent, “Baker Sings Chet” is chocked full of great renditions of Chet Baker favorites. Highlights include, “The Thrill is Gone”, “Autumn in New York/September Song (medley)”, and “How Deep is the Ocean”. This is a CD I’d recommend for a snowy winter night in front of the fireplace with a nice red wine.
“Baker Sings Chet” is the debut release from Jeff Baker, and I believe that we’ll hear more from him soon. At least we should.