Jazz Icons: Chet Baker features two concerts by the foremost interpreter of the West Coast school of cool jazz. Filmed in Europe 15 years apart, these two shows seen together provide an overview of Baker’s illustrious career.
The first show is a haunting 1964 performance in a Belgian TV studio with a quartet including long-time sidemen saxophonist Jacques Pelzer and French pianist Rene Urtreger.
Songs include the Miles Davis classic, “So What,” and the jazz standard “Time After Time” (a very rare rendition featuring Chet’s “Cool” vocal style.)
The soulful 1979 set from Norway, with a trio featuring vibraphonist Wolfgang Lackerschmid, highlights the growth and maturity of this troubled but inspiring artist.
The performances are spectacular, it's too bad that smoking (which has claimed the lives of so many jazz greats) is displayed so prominently.
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Live In Belgium 1964:
Flugelhorn, Vocal: Chet Baker
Alto Sax, Flute: Jacques Pelzer
Piano: Rene Urtreger
Bass: Luigi Trussardi
Drums: Franco Manzecchi
- Bye Bye Blackbird
- Isn’t It Romantic
- Time After Time
- So What
Live In Norway 1979:
Trumpet: Chet Baker
Vibraphone: Wolfgang Lackerschmid
Piano: Michel Graillie
Bass: Jean Louis Rassinfoss
- Blue Train
- Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
- Five Years Ago
- Love For Sale
Foreword by Chet's son Paul Baker
Liner notes by Rob Bowman
Cover photo by Chuck Stewart
Booklet photos by Lee Tanner, Karlheinz Klüter, Carole Reiff
Total time: 71 minutes