AOTY 2023
Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings
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Based on 561 ratings
1954 Ratings: #1
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April 1954 / Release Date
LP / Format
Pacific Jazz / Label
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Album by Month Year 1 (1954 - 1/1)

I'm gonna try something new out. I'm gonna listen to every album that has over 50 ratings, but by the month of the year they were released. So for example, I'll listen to every album with over 50 ratings that was released in January of 1991, then I'll do that again for February, then March, and so on. But the thing is, there aren't a lot of '50s albums with over 50 ratings. So, for the '50s, I won't be sorting these albums by month, I'll be sorting them by ... read more


Barely 3 years after leaving the army, Chet Baker cut his teeth by collaborating with Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligna in particular, but very quickly, thanks to his talent and above all a musical vision quite different from other Jazzman, he managed to surprise his world with the interpretation of My Funny Valentine, which remained one of his classics.

In 1954, Pacific Jazz decided to record Chet Baker Sings, which quickly became a masterpiece because Baker's performance was so atypical and ... read more


Marvelous! Chet Baker's voice is soothingly beautiful and weaponizes these beautiful lyrics with sharp potency. His technique was fresh and pioneer in 1954. This album is as romantic as it gets.


Seriously incredible. Chet Baker manages an extremely intimate sound that has so much power behind it. It takes it's time and doesn't get boring for even a second especially with the brass additions to most the songs. Something even Sinatra had struggled with on some of his albums. (Not to put Sinatra down at all) This album is so laid back yet so filled with passion, emotion, and heartbreak to the point of no return. "I Fall in Love Too Easily" hit me right in the soul. Chet spills ... read more


One of my favourite Jazz albums out there. There is something truly mesmerising about the combination of Chet Baker's perfectly controlled voice and the beautifully arranged instrumentals. These two elements play perfectly together to create an extremely soothing and romantic sound.

I always find myself returning to this album.


Alright I’m going to try something wacky. As of December 5th there are 1,140 must hear user albums on the site. I am going to review, rate, and rank all of them from worst to best (the ranking will be my only list) It will be a daunting task to go from Chet Baker Sings to the latest Quadeca EP, but i’m gonna try it. So without further ado:

MUST HEAR ALBUM # 1 : Chet Baker Sings (1954)

With this being the first must hear album on the site from all the way back in 54’, I was ... read more

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Added on: October 29, 2013