The Book of Chet (Sunnyside Records)

Luciana Souza

Released August 28, 2012

Grammy Nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album 2013




Something happens to me every time I hear Chet Baker sing. There is something he gets at with his interpretations – a quiet loneliness – that I crave in music. Chet is able to transport me to a place, and to keep me there for the duration of the song.
Through his singing I have become intimate with solitude. This record is an attempt to articulate the world that Chet’s music takes me to…

Luciana Souza

Track Listing:

1. The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown / Ray Henderson) 5:40

2. Forgetful (George Handy / Jack Segal) 5:15

3. He Was Too Good to Me (Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers) 4:23

4. I Get Along with You Very Well (Hoagy Carmichael) 5:44

5. Oh You Crazy Moon (Johnny Burke / James Van Heusen) 4:16

6. The Touch of Your Lips (Ray Noble) 2:54

7. The Very Thought of You (Ray Noble) 5:08

8. I Fall in Love Too Easily (Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne) 4:27

9. I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance (Bing Crosby / Ned Washington / Victor Young) 4:14

10. You Go to My Head (J. Fred Coots / Haven Gillespie) 4:29


Luciana Souza: vocals
Larry Koonse: guitar
David Piltch: acoustic bass
Jay Bellerose: drums, percussion 

Recorded April 2, 3, and 4, 2012, at Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Produced by Larry Klein

Recorded and Mixed by Helik Hadar

Assisted by Miguel Lara

Mastered by Bernie Grundman


Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza pays tribute to legendary trumpeter/singer Chet Baker on her 2013 album The Book of Chet. The third album Souza has recorded with husband and producer Larry Klein, The Book of Chet also features guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist David Piltch, and drummer Jay Bellerose. Interestingly, while Souza has picked a handful of songs that will certainly will be recognizable to longtime Baker fanatics, these are definitely lesser known standards from Baker’s catalog. Subsequently, there is no “My Funny Valentine” or “There Will Never Be Another You,” and instead Souza delves into evocative versions of “Forgetful,” “He Was Too Good to Me,” “The Touch of Your Lips,” and others. These are intimate, reflective recordings that capture Baker’s laid-back melodicism.

Matt Collar (AllMusic)