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Available IN PERSON from 9am on Saturday 20th April 2024

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Chet Baker & Jack Sheldon - In Perfect Harmony: The Lost Album


Available on Record Store Day 2024


Zev Feldman’s Jazz Detective label will present a previously unheard musical treasure on Record Store Day 2024, as the archival imprint releases In Perfect Harmony: The Lost Album, a hitherto unknown 1972 studio recording featuring trumpeters/vocalists Chet Baker and Jack Sheldon.


“One day during the summer of 1972,” Frank Marshall recalls, “Jack Sheldon had an idea: ‘Just think, Chetie, if we do an album together, you’ll only have to play on half of it!’ Chet liked the idea, but was still hesitant. To make him comfortable, the two Jacks did what they did best — get great musicians together.” In his notes devoted to the music, historian Richard S. Ginell writes, “This newly-discovered session comes from a time when Sheldon was riding high on the Merv Griffin show while Baker was struggling, out of the music for a while trying to repair his embouchure. Jazz historians say that Baker’s ‘comeback’ started in 1973, but this session predates that by about a year. Sheldon and Jack Marshall set it up as a way to ease their friend gradually onto the scene again by sharing the date and enlisting first-class help from some of L.A.’s finest resident jazzers.”


Splitting the vocal chores down the middle with five leads apiece, Baker and Sheldon essayed largely standard repertoire (augmented by one Sheldon original and a Mexican ballad he performed in Spanish) in relaxed style. A lone instrumental, the bossa nova “Once I Loved” rounds out the album. The approaches of the chill, laid-back Baker and the exuberant, ebullient Sheldon were a study in contrast. Ginell says, “Sheldon had a bright, brash sound rooted in the bebop gospel according to Dizzy Gillespie. Baker, by contrast, was a cooler customer, more in the Miles Davis manner, and as such became a poster boy for what was labeled West Coast Jazz, a label that was plastered rightly or wrongly on anyone who came from California. They differed even more as singers — Sheldon ever the lively hipster who sometimes seemed to be kidding the lyrics in the Great American Songbook; Baker ever the callow, fluid, subtly swinging presence who always sounded as if he was barely out of his teens.”

Edition Info

• One per customer.
• Limited 180-gram audiophile LP.
• Mastered from the original analog tapes by engineer Matthew Lutthans at the Mastering Lab in Salina, KS.


1. This Can’t Be Love
2. Just Friends
3. Too Blue
4. But Not For Me
5. Historia de un Amor
6. Once I Loved

1. You Fascinate Me
2. When I Fall In Love
3. I Cried For You
4. I’m Old Fashioned
5. Evil Blues

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When is this released?

Chet Baker & Jack Sheldon - In Perfect Harmony: The Lost Album is released as part of Record Store Day 2024.

It will be available physically in the shop from 9am on Saturday 20th April 2024. Any remaining stock will then be made available at 8pm on Monday 22nd April 2024.

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You can read more information here on the official RSD UK website.

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