Criss Cross Jazz 1010 CD

Chet Baker Quintet

Blues For A Reason

It's strange to think that two of the greatest stars of "cool jazz", Chet Baker and Warne Marsh, would never record together, given that they were nearly the same age, and that they both rose to fame in Los Angeles around the same period. However, that would have been the case if Gerry Teekens, founder of the Criss Cross label, had never had the bright idea of bringing them together in 1984. Surprisingly, they would end up cutting their only collaborative album in Monster, The Netherlands!

On October 13, 2023 our partner Elemental Music released an audiophile vinyl version of this historical album. It is a special gatefold edition including 1 bonus track which has not been released on vinyl before (but which is present on the CD edition).

Chet Baker Quintet
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Chet Baker (Tp) [1-4,6-8]
Warne Marsh (Ts) [1,3-8]
Hod O'Brien (P)
Cecil McBee (B)
Eddie Gladden (D)

1. Well Spoken (Warne Marsh)  9:05
2. If You Could See Me Now (Tadd Dameron)  5:35
3. We Know It's Love (Chet Baker)  6:28
4. Looking Good Tonight (Chet Baker)  8:28
5. Imagination (Jimmy Van Heusen / Johnny Burke)  7:30
6. Blues For A Reason (Chet Baker)  8:38
7. Looking Good Tonight (take 2) (Chet Baker)  5:19
8. We Know It's Love (take 2) (Chet Baker)  6:30

Total Time: 57:33
Recorded September 30, 1984 in Monster, The Netherlands
Engineer: Max Bolleman
Producer: Gerry Teekens

Blues For A Reason LP cover

Blues For A Reason LP back cover