Chet Baker (1929–1988) was an influential American jazz trumpeter and vocalist known for his distinctive style and lyrical approach to playing. Born Chesney Henry Baker Jr. on December 23, 1929, in Yale, Oklahoma, he embarked on a musical journey as a self-taught trumpeter during his teenage years.

Baker gained prominence in the early 1950s, particularly for his work with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. His smooth, cool jazz style and versatility in both trumpet playing and singing set him apart, making him a unique figure in the jazz world. Notable recordings from his early years include "Chet Baker Sings" (1954), which showcased both his vocal and instrumental talents. Which he later repeated with "Chet Baker Sings Again" (1986) on Timeless Records.

During the 1980s, Chet Baker recorded a series of albums on Timeless Records. These recordings captured Baker's later years and reflected his enduring musicality. Albums such as "As Time Goes By" (1990), "Cool Cat" (1989), and "Mr. B" (1989) highlighted his continued ability to produce captivating music.

Chet Baker's legacy is characterized by his significant contribution to the West Coast jazz scene, his influence on cool jazz, and his ability to convey deep emotions through his music. His tragic death in 1988 marked the end of a turbulent yet influential career that left an indelible mark on the history of jazz.