Nagel Heyer BSIN01668371
Young, Ruth - This Is Always
Featuring Ruth Young (voc), Herb Geller (as), Walter Lang (p), Wolfgang Lackerschmid (vib), Rocky Knauer (b). 12 Tracks. Recorded at Traumraum Tonstudio. Augsburg, on July 17 and 20, 2002.
Ruth Young is the Sexy Vocal Alter Ego of jazz icon Chet Baker and co-star Bruce Weber’s award winning documentary ‘Let’s Get Lost’. She was Baker’s girlfriend for almost 10 years (1973 - 1982). They lived, travelled, worked and got lost together. This is her out of the ordinary debut album. Young's smoky voice sounds shy und sexy, cool yet dark and appealingly fragile, much like Baker's. This album is what intimate singing is all about. You’ll hear no showing off, just pure feeling.
“You’re a great, great lady, Ruth … keep singing.” Chet Baker in a letter to Ruth Young
“Dear Listener, please realize that my CD is NOT a tribute recording, but merely my heartfelt ‘dedication’ to Chet’s memory of our own very private and public years together.” Ruth Young
As the daughter of Max Youngstein, Vice President of the United Artists Company und founder of United Artists Records, Ruth Young grow up in New York City and Beverly Hills in a world of glamour and show business. Stars like Marilyn Monroe, Warren Beatty, Jane Russel and Stan Getz were all guests in the family home – and posed for pictures with the infant Young; even then, she commanded the camera like a star. In her teens, she discovered the records of Anita O'Day, June Christy, Peggy Lee, and Chet Baker, and decided that she wanted to sing, too.
It was 1973 when she met Chet Baker for the first time. She had a gig at the Half Note in Los Angeles. He liked her voice. She liked him. They felt in love. By Baker's side everywhere, from beer-stinking dives to Carnegie Hall, Young absorbed his minimalist style; enduring his self-destruction through drugs, she learned about survival. As much as she loved Chet, she had to step out of the path of a speeding train, which she did when she left him.
Ruth Young keeps landslide of memories – some hilarious, some harrowing, all of them shaped by an endlessly probing mind. Critical as she can be, Young is also movingly candid about her own foibles, some of which kept her from making an album until now. How fitting that she dedicates her first one to the master who changed her life.
She recorded it in Augsburg at the studio of Wolfgang Lackerschmid, the vibraphonist and composer, who accompanied Baker on several albums, and travelled through Europe with him and Young. She brought in two musicians who have their own connections to Baker. Alto saxophonist Herb Geller, born in Los Angeles, was a colleague of the trumpeter's in the great era of '50s West Coast Jazz. Young met bassist Rocky Knauer - a bandmate of Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, and other giants - in the late ‘70s, when Baker hired him for the first of numerous tours.
But this is Young's album, and she, like her late partner, needs space. In the Baker tradition, you' II hear no drums. The arrangements for Young drape around her like the sheerest silk. That is how it should be, for her work has grown more und more revealing with the years.