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Chet Baker: But Not For Me

This 1982 session was first issued in 1994 on Stash, and it quickly disappeared. Pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Ben Riley were Baker’s rhythm section for an engagement at New York’s Lush Life club. Flutist James Newton and Howard Johnson, playing tuba, joined the quartet in the studio. The album features some of Baker’s tenderest ballad playing of the ’80s on Haden’s “Ellen David,” Dennis Luxion’s “Prayer for the Newborn,” and “Lament,” a variation on “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.”

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