1964, 1979 M1366 .B35 C53 2006 DVD
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 featurning vibraphonist Wolfgang Lackerschmid, highlights the growth and maturity of this troubled but inspiring artist.
Performers: Chet Baker, flugelhorn, vocals ; Jacques Pelzer, alto saxophone, flute ; René Urtreger, piano ; Luigi Trussardi, bass ; Franco Manzecchi, drums (in the 1964 film) ; Chet Baker Quartet (Chet Baker, trumpet ; Michel Graillier, piano ; Jean Luis Reassenfosse, bass ; Wolfgang Lackerschmid, vibraphone) (in the 1979 film).
Distributed by Reelin' in the Years Productions (jazzicons.com).