Blood, Chet and Tears

Artist Chet Baker
Title Blood, Chet and Tears
Release Date Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Genre Jazz > Jazz Rock
Copyright © Verve

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Controversial release of a jazz genius adopting pop and rock songs in 1970.

Some of the finest jazz artists of the 1960s and early '70s could do good "sell out" albums with mass pop appeal without actually selling out. Wes Montgomery, Grover Washington, Jr., and Herbie Mann come to mind. This is an easy listening album of late-'60s soft rock hits, to be fair -- the album isn't bad. It's actually better than some of the Herb Alpert releases of the same era that inspired it. But the difference is that Alpert was just being himself, while Blood, Chet & Tears finds Baker trying to sound like somebody else. Interestingly enough, the same version of "Come Saturday Morning" that appears here was the theme song to The Sterile Cuckoo, a coming-of-age teen romance. "Come Saturday Morning" ended up being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. That fact, along with the one that Baker sang over the credits to a major Hollywood movie at this stage in his career, seems to have been expunged from the Chet Baker story entirely.
This album is a Pop-Jazz milestone!


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