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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Broadway Beat - Harold Baker


Close Your Eyes

The Broadway Beat
Harold "Shorty" Baker Quartet
King Records KING 608

From the back cover: Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he first entered the orchestra business playing in his brother's group "Winfeld Baker and his St. Louis Crackerjacks." Then, in 1935, he joined Don Redmon and remained until 1938. During this time he worked on arrangements, ideas, technique and style. In 1939, Harold joined Teddy Wilson... where valuable professional training came about. In 1940 he made the jump to Duke Ellington's orchestra.

Since then, Harold Baker has been forgotten as just a member of an orchestra and has become known as Harold "Shorty" Baker... with a style of his own. The trumpet sound he plays couldn't be denied... and had to come to the front. Today, Baker is an individualist, turning out music as he feels it should be portrayed.

Them There Eyes
In A Little Spanish Town
'S Wonderful
If I Had You
After You've Come
Close Your Eyes
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Love Me Of Leave Me

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