I’m sitting here in my living room tonight, relaxing after a long day in the office, listening to my favorite Chet Baker album of all time, the Someday My Price Will Come on SteepleChase that was recorded live at Montmartre in Copenhagen on October 4, 1979. I’ve listened to the CD version for years, and have been completely infatuated with it, but tonight the LP version I just bought ($25 USD) arrived via UPS today. I have to tell you the LP version of this album is so ridiculously good in so many ways: most importantly the music is wonderfully alive, and the tone of the instruments is drop dead gorgeous. Those who place a lot of value on wide and deep soundstage might not be all that excited by the somewhat narrow and shallow soundstage, but man, the music is to die for! If you love jazz, and enjoy the cool jazz interpretations of Chet Baker, you’ve got to get this album! Highly recommended for the music, a little less so for the typical audiophile sonics.
I have to say, I’m just totally blown away with my Hi-Fi rig these days. The combination of Tannoy Westminster Royal SE loudspeakers, Leben vacuum tube electronics, VPI Classic turntable with Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood cartridge, and every Acoustic Revive equipment & room tuning device you can imagine, is just totally blowing me away. The combination is so good that it puts me in some danger as an audio equipment reviewer, as I just don’t care about equipment as much as I should at the moment, all I want to do is to buy more LPs and listen to music, which I suppose is the way it really should be.
If you’re a jazz fan be sure to get a copy of Chet Baker’s Someday My Price Will Come, you won’t regret it – most highly recommended!