Night Lights Classic Jazz

Young Chet: Trumpet and Vocals

Chet Baker LPSeveral recent Pacific Jazz re-issues of Chet Baker are the focus of this edition of Night Lights, including Chet Baker Ensemble, Chet Baker Sextet, and Chet Baker Sings and Plays. These recordings were all done between 1953 and 1955, when Baker’s star was ascending and he was relatively untroubled by the drug habit that would plague so much of his later life. Players include Bud Shank, Bob Brookmeyer, Jack Montrose, and Bob Gordon.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Wiliams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Wiliams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: opening theme.

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You Don't Know What Love Is
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Sings & Plays (Pacific Jazz, 1955)
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Bockhanal
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Ensemble (Pacific Jazz, 1953)
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Goodbye
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Ensemble (Pacific Jazz, 1953)
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Moonlight Becomes You
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Ensemble (Pacific Jazz, 1953)
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A Dandy Line
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Ensemble (Pacific Jazz, 1953)
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This Is Always
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Sings and Plays (Pacific Jazz, 1955)
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I Never Knew
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Sings and Plays (Pacific Jazz, 1955)
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I'm Glad There Is You
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Sextet (Pacific Jazz, 1953)

Notes: Mid-show break

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Daybreak
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Sings and Plays (Pacific Jazz, 1955)
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Someone to Watch Over Me
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Sings and Plays (Pacific Jazz, 1955)
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Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Sextet (Pacific Jazz, 1954)
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Minor Benign
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Sextet (Pacific Jazz, 1957)

Notes: Composer: Bob Zieff

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Ponder
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Sextet (Pacific Jazz, 1957)
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Grey December
Chet Baker — Chet Baker Sings and Plays (Pacific Jazz, 1955)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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