"Tenderly" by Chet Baker
In my effort to learn to improvise, I've been trying to lift melodic ideas from some of the greats. One of the songs I've been working to develop is "Summertime". As I was looking through one of my Aebersold books, I noticed a list of suggested artist recordings of "Summertime". At the top of the list was Chet Baker. I have to admit, I was not familiar with Baker at all -- you all will have to remember that the whole genre of jazz is still new to me. I immediately fell in love with the simplicity of his melodic motives; I fell in love with the passion in each note. His playing moves me.