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Chet Baker

A leading exponent of 1950s 'Cool Jazz', Chet Baker's lyrical playing drew comparisons to Miles Davis. But his life was hampered by drug addiction.

Ken Clarke MP profiles great jazz musicians of the 20th Century.

By his early twenties, trumpeter Chet Baker was the poster boy of jazz with a beautiful playing style and film star good looks. A leading exponent of 1950s 'cool jazz', his lyrical playing drew comparisons to Miles Davis and his career blossomed. But his life was hampered by drug addiction and came to a brutal end in 1988.

Mike Maran, who wrote the recent hit production Chet Baker: A Funny Valentine, joins Ken to discuss Baker's flawed genius.

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Chet Baker

    Moonlight Becomes You

    Composer: Burke / Van Heusen

    • The Best of Chet Baker Plays.
    • Pacific Jazz, CDP 7 97161 2.
    • 7.
  • Chet Baker

    Happy Little Sunbeam

    Composer: Burke / Van Heusen

    • The Best of Chet Baker Plays.
    • Pacific Jazz, CDP 7 97161 2.
    • 5.
  • Gerry Mulligan Quartet

    Walkin' Shoes

    Composer: Mulligan

    • Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker: “Jeru”.
    • Living Era, AJA 5612.
    • 11.
  • Chet Baker & Charlie Parker

    Irresistible You

    Composer: Gene DePaul / Don Raye

    • Bird & Chet.
    • Jazz Door, 1209.
    • 2.
  • Gerry Mulligan Quartet

    My Funny Valentine

    Composer: Rodgers

    • Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker: “Jeru”.
    • Living Era, AJA 5612.
  • Chet Baker Quartet

    Carson City Stage

    Composer: Smith

    • Best of Chet Baker Plays.
    • Pacific Jazz / Capitol, CDP 7 971612.
    • 1.
  • Chet Baker Quartet

    Oh, You Crazy Moon

    Composer: Burke / Van Heusen

    • Live in France 1978.
    • Gambit Records, 69202.
    • 1.
  • Chet Baker Quartet

    Time After Time

    Composer: Cahn - Styne

    • Best of Chet Baker Sings - Let’s Get Lost.
    • Pacific Jazz / Capitol, CDP 7 92932-2.
    • 3.
  • Chet Baker

    There's a Small Hotel

    Composer: Lorenz Hart / Richard Rogers

    • Chet Baker in Paris.
    • Emarcy 837 475-2.
    • 5.
  • Chet Baker

    Summertime

    Composer: Dubose Heyward / George Gershwin

    • Chet Baker in Paris.
    • Emarcy 837 475-2.
    • 1.
  • Chet Baker

    Alone Together

    Composer: Howard Dietz / Arthur Schwartz

    • Chet Baker in Paris.
    • Emarcy 837 475-2.
    • 9.
  • Chet Baker & Art Pepper - Minor Yours

    Composer: Pepper

  • Chet Baker Quartet

    Once Upon a Summertime

    Composer: Legrand

    • Oh You Crazy Moon.
    • Enja 9453-2.
    • 5.
  • Chet Baker

    My Funny Valentine

    Composer: Rodgers

    • The Last Great Concert: My Favourite Songs Vols 1 and 2.
    • Enja 6074 22.
  • Gerry Mulligan Quartet

    My Funny Valentine

    Composer: Rodgers

    • Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker: “Jeru”.
    • Living Era, AJA 5612.

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