A strange 60s chapter in the career of trumpeter Chet Baker – but one that we sure like a heck of a lot! These sides were recorded as an answer to the big success of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass over at A&M Records – and for the sessions, Chet's trumpet was backed by jaunty, brassy arrangements penned by Jack Nitzsche, and to a lesser extent, George Tipton. And while it might be easy to dismiss the tunes as copycat sound-a-likes, they're really not – as Nitszche brings in a much fuller groove to most of the numbers than Herb Alpert ever did – more of a sunny LA pop feel that has the whole group really gliding along on bold waves of sound all topped off by Baker's horn – sounding stronger and more confident here than on most of his other recordings of the 60s! There's a definite Latin undercurrent to most of the numbers, but also a fair bit of mainstream pop instrumentation as well – a style that's bolder and not nearly as compressed as the A&M approach to Tijuana – and one that explodes with some youthful LA energies! CD features 23 tracks in all – all the titles from both albums, plus one bonus track from a single – tunes that include "Flowers On The Wall", "Mexico", "Love Me With All Your Heart", "Hot Toddy", "El Paso", "Come A Little Bit Closer", "Speed
y Gonzales", "Happiness Is", "Armen's Theme", "You Baby", "Chiquita Banana", "When The Day Is All Done", "Colonel Bogye March", "It's Too Late", and "The Phoenix Love Theme".