Once Upon A Summertime
Chet Baker (tp), Gregory Herbert (ts), Harold Danko (p), Ron Carter (b), Mel Lewis (d)
Artists House, a classy if short-lived label, released this attractive Chet Baker LP, a quintet date with tenor-saxophonist Gregory Herbert, pianist Harold Danko, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Mel Lewis. The challenging material ("The Song Is You" is the only one of the five songs that is a standard) inspires the musicians to play creative solos. It is particularly interesting to hear Baker interpret the Wayne Shorter tune "ESP." This set has been reissued as Galaxy (GXY 5150) and in CD as part of the 'Original Jazz Classics' series.
Scott Yanow -All Music guide
01. Tidal Breeze (Danko) (6:52)
02. Shifting Down (Dorham) (7:32)
03. E.S.P. (Shorter) (5:41)
04. The Song Is You (Hammerstein, Kern) (9:17)
05. Once Upon a Summertime [La Valse des Lilas] (Barclay, Legrand) (11:21)
Total time: 41:00 min.
Originally issued in the Artist House label (AH 9411)
Personnel: Chet Baker (tp), Gregory Herbert (ts), Harold Danko (p), Ron Carter (b), and Mel Lewis (d). Recorded in New York City, on February 20, 1977.
Produced by John Snyder.