Chet Baker: Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker, Jr. was born on December 23, 1929 in Yale Oklahoma and died in Amsterdam on May 13, 1988. He was an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and singer whose involvement with drugs shaped his career. Baker’s earliest notable professional gigs were with saxophonist Vido Musso’s band, and also with tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, though he earned much more renown in 1951 when he was chosen by Charlie Parker to play with him for a series of West Coast engagements. In 1952, Baker joined the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, which was an instant phenomenon and only lasted one year because of Chet’s incarceration for drug possession. I enjoyed Chet equally as a musician and singer. I hope you will enjoy the selections I have made of some of my favorite “Chet”.
Album: Autumn Leaves, Chet Baker and Paul Desmond
Album: Chet, September Song
Album: Chet Baker, I Fall in Love to Easily
Chet Baker: Everything Happens To Me
Chet Baker: She Was Too Good For Me
Album: Chet Baker Tis Autumn
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