Chet Baker
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1929-12-23
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When the clean-cut young Baker came out of the army in 1952 and played his first high-profile gigs with Charlie Parker, he had the kind of matinee-idol looks that suggested he would become a star. His clear-toned vibratoless trumpet style ...

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Chet Baker
Let's Get Lost
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Let's Get Lost Let's Get Lost Let's Get Lost Let's Get Lost
Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker
Festive Minor
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Festive Minor Festive Minor Festive Minor Festive Minor
Chet Baker
Like Someone In Love
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Like Someone In Love Like Someone In Love Like Someone In Love Like Someone In Love
Bob Neel, Russ Freeman, RICHARD RODGERS/LORENZ HART, Carson Smith & Chet Baker
My Funny Valentine
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My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine
GERRY MULLIGAN, Larry Bunker, Carson Smith & Chet Baker
I May Be Wrong
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I May Be Wrong I May Be Wrong I May Be Wrong I May Be Wrong
Chet Baker
I Get Along Without You Very Well
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I Get Along Without You Very Well I Get Along Without You Very Well I Get Along Without You Very Well I Get Along Without You Very Well
Chet Baker
With A Song In My Heart
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With A Song In My Heart With A Song In My Heart With A Song In My Heart With A Song In My Heart
Gerry Mulligan, Gerry Mulligan, Larry Bunker, Larry Bunker, Carson Smith, Carson Smith, Chet Baker, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz & Lee Konitz
Too Marvellous For Words
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Too Marvellous For Words Too Marvellous For Words Too Marvellous For Words Too Marvellous For Words
Chet Baker
Everything Happens To Me
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Everything Happens To Me Everything Happens To Me Everything Happens To Me Everything Happens To Me
Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Bobby Whitlock & Chico Hamilton
My Funny Valentine
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My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine
Chet Baker
There Will Never Be Another You
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There Will Never Be Another You There Will Never Be Another You There Will Never Be Another You There Will Never Be Another You
GERRY MULLIGAN, GERRY MULLIGAN, Chico Hamilton, Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Carson Smith & Chet Baker
Carioca
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Carioca Carioca Carioca Carioca
Chet Baker & Elvis Costello
Shipbuilding
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Shipbuilding Shipbuilding Shipbuilding Shipbuilding
Terry Riley, Terry Riley, Luigi Trussardi, Luis Fuentes, Chet Baker, John Graham & George Solano
Music for the Gift (Part 5)
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Music for the Gift (Part 5) Music for the Gift (Part 5) Music for the Gift (Part 5) Music for the Gift (Part 5)
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Biography

When the clean-cut young Baker came out of the army in 1952 and played his first high-profile gigs with Charlie Parker, he had the kind of matinee-idol looks that suggested he would become a star. His clear-toned vibratoless trumpet style owed a lot to Miles Davis, but the introverted phrasing was all his own, as was Baker's surprisingly delicate singing voice.

After coming to national attention with Gerry Mulligan's quartet, and a hit with My Funny Valentine, Baker formed his own group, and for the middle to late 1950s made a series of successful discs that boosted his path to stardom. However, he was by then a serious heroin addict, and his world collapsed in 1960 when he was sentenced to a prison term while on tour in Italy. The 1960s became a decade of decline, and Baker's face became deeply lined and haggard.

Losing his teeth forced him to give up playing for a while, but he fought back in the 1970s and although he never bcame free of the shadow of drugs, he resumed his place among the world's leading jazz trumpeters. His later recordings lack the easy brilliance of his earlier playing, but within his narrow range and soft tone, he found new levels of expressivity. He fell to his death out of a window in Amsterdam, supposedly because of yet another nefarious involvement in the world of narcotics.

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