Friday, 6 June 2008

The re-release of 'Let's Get Lost'

the classic documentary about the legendary Chet Baker prompts me to post a track from the brilliant album 'Chet Baker Sings'. Of course, Chet made his name as a lyrical trumpet player with a very distinctive, and beautiful, tone. But he also had a fine voice. In the latter stages of his career he sang more than he played trumpet, partly because of problems with his teeth - his trumpet-playing never reached its former heights after his teeth were knocked out in a dispute which was almost certainly drug-related. His trumpet playing on the album is just right, perfectly complementing his voice. Many of the tracks have the melancholic flavour of the one I've chosen but the sound is so great that listening is a far from depressing experience. Many other musicians, amongst them Van Morrison and Elvis Costello, recognised Chet's greatness and not that long before his death Chet contributed a perfect little solo on Elvis's version of 'Shipbuilding'.

Chet Baker - It's Always You (iTunes)

Elvis Costello - Shipbuilding (iTunes)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post; I was júst looking for some of Chet's stuff when your blog popped up at Elbows.
Cheers, Lisette.

worldsgreatestmusicdad said...

No problem. Thanks. That's the kind of help we're hoping to give.

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