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Phil Urso and Carl Saunders Salute Chet Baker

by Phil Urso and Carl Saunders

Legendary jazz tenor saxaphonist Phil Urso joins LA's hottest jazz trumpeter Carl Saunders playing eleven tunes associated with jazz trumpet legend Chet Baker newly recorded in 2002.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jumpin' Off a Clef
5:39 album only
2. For Minors Only
4:51 album only
3. Halema
5:09 album only
4. Mister B.
6:38 album only
5. This Is the Thing
5:50 album only
6. Funk in Deep Freeze
7:08 album only
7. My Funny Valentine
5:44 album only
8. Baby Breeze
4:17 album only
9. Way to Go
3:56 album only
10. Worryin' the Life Out of Me
3:33 album only
11. Line For Lyons
7:51 album only


Album Notes
This newly recorded session features Denver's legendary Tenor Saxophonist Phil Urso coupled with LA's hottest jazz trumpeter Carl Saunders. Backed by an exciting Denver based rhythm section (Paul Romaine, Colin Gieg, and Keith Waters) the group plays tunes associated with the great trumpet player Chet Baker.
"Phil Urso is a magical name from jazz history, one who made his mark on jazz in the 1950s, settled far outside of New York and has continued playing up to the present day away from the spotlight. His tone on tenor was harder than one normally associates with West Coast jazz (closer to Hank Mobley than to Bob Cooper) and his driving playing helped Baker to evolve from cool jazz to hard bop. A skilled songwriter (his "Halema" is particularly memorable) and arranger, he was a stabilizing force in Chet Baker's career during 1955-57". I can speak for the many bebop and Chet Baker fans when I say "Welcome back Phil Urso!"

Scott Yanow,
Author of seven jazz books including Trumpet Kings, Bebop, Swing and Afro-Cuban Jazz



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I love it, played it 3 times already.
I love it, played it 3 times already in the first week. I saw Phil Urso with Chet Baker in Detroit in the middle 1950's and he sounds as good today as he did then. It's an excellent CD. I admire their musicianship and the way they both have stayed true to jazz. Highly recommend this CD and thank CD Baby deeply for having such good taste as to carry this classic.

Anders F

Excellent "tribute" to Chet Baker
Do not be put off by the fact that neither of the two main artists are that well known. Like the rhythm section, the playing holds up very well. The arrangements help to make this much more than a blowing session. I can see the commercial value to calling the album a tribute to Chet Baker, but musically both Phil Urso and Carl Saunders stand on their own feet in what is an excellent jazz CD.

CD Baby

LA's hottest jazz trumpeter, Carl Saunders, paired with Denver's legendary tenor saxophonist, Phil Urso, and a crisp, driving, Denver-based rhythm section presents a classy and cunning album of tunes associated with Chet Baker. From swinging and kinetic bebop to laid back and pondering tunes, the album shines from top to bottom with immaculate technique, noticeably lyrical phrasing and flawless group sound; even while featuring Carl and Phil. the group plays as one unit with one sound, one feeling.

Simon Pilbrow

Veteran tenor master meets super LA trumpeter
A wonderful pairing of trumpet master with veteran west-coast tenor great on a fine tribute to Chet Baker, this was recorded in 2002. What a pleasure to hear the (now late) tenor legend and Baker colleague Phil Urso, after too long out of the limelight, playing such fine tenor saxophone in his late seventies. Urso’s sound has evolved over the years to a sound not dissimilar to Hank Mobley’s, whose “Funk in Deep Freeze” is featured here. Saunders’ brilliant trumpet playing is never an end in itself, but his super craftsmanship allows him great scope to play soulful, swinging jazz which never fails to impress the listener with its intensity and imagination. But most importantly, here are two players who understand Chet Baker and his music, and get down to business to play thoughtful and swinging jazz, in an inspiring and fresh look at the music of this late trumpet giant. The fine Denver-based rhythm section of Waters, Gieg and Romaine provides a solid and sympathetic support and solo strength, and the whole recording is a great example of hard-working, highly accomplished musicians who just want to play great music together. Thanks, guys!