Orchestra arranged & conducted by Johnny Mandel and Bill Holman, including Chet Baker (tp, vcl), Bud Shank (as, fl), Charlie Mariano (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Pepper Adams (bs), Claude Williamson (p), Monty Budwig (b), Mel Lewis (d)
Reference: FSRCD 1668
Bar code: 84273286116683
• Newly Remastered
• 24-Bit Digital
Presented here for the first time on CD in full Stereo sound, with detailed recording dates and complete, accurate personnel data, the splendidly varied contributions of soloists and arrangers give the album the jazz qualities that help to make it such a satisfying experience.
The famous television host, actor and jazz pianist, Steve Allen, once said that Chet Baker was, because of his general air, looks and attitude, “the James Dean of Jazz.” Since Chet also shared with Dean a similar reputation as a rebel, it seems fitting that he was chosen as co-leader on this album with Bud Shank. Originally written by Leith Stevens for “The James Dean Story” the music for the film contains that background quality, meant to amplify visual action, which gives it a cohesiveness that, in lesser hands, has the potential to make one track sound a great deal like another. However, the Johnny Mandel and Bill Holman orchestrations here simultaneously reflect the James Dean spirit, while providing a rich instrumental framework for the solo work of Baker and Shank. And if Chet plays with consistent force and lyrical warmth throughout, and sings with emotional involvement on the James Dean theme, Let Me Be Loved, it is Bud who steals the show overall with the authoritative vitality and soulfulness of his alto and flute work.
01. Jimmy’s Theme 2:50
02. The Search 4:43
03. Lost Love 3:36
04. People 3:33
05. The Movie Star 3:34
06. Fairmont, Indiana 4:30
07. Rebel at Work 3:41
08. Let Me Be Loved 4:08
09. Success and Then What? 3:56
10. Hollywood 5:04
11. Let Me Be Loved (Vocal version) 2:14
Total time: 42:00 min. approx.
Music composed by Leith Stevens, except “Let Me Be Loved” by Jay Livingston-Ray Evans
Tracks #1-10, originally issued on the Mono 12” album
“The James Dean Story” (World Pacific P-2005)
Tracks #11 from the 7” single World Pacific X-641
Tracks #1,2,4,5,6,8,9 & 10 issued in Stereo on the
12” album “Swinging Soundtrack” (Kimberly 11016)
Chet Baker, trumpet & vocals; Ray Linn, Don Fagerquist, trumpets; Milt Bernhart, trombone; Bud Shank, Charlie Mariano, Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Herbie Steward, Pepper Adams, reeds & woodwinds; Claude Williamson, piano; Monty Budwig, bass; Mel Lewis, drums; Mike Pacheco, bongos.
All sessions recorded at Radio Recorders, in Hollywood, August 1957
[See booklet for complete recording details]
Original recordings produced by Dick Bock & Woody Woodward
Cover photograph by Roy Schatt
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered