Chet Baker with the Bradley Young Trio / Chet in Chicago

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“What is the cultural value of trumpeter Chet Baker 20 years after his death in Amsterdam? An interesting rift between biographers has emerged, the schism running along the interface of Baker’s substance abuse and the art he generated in spite of it. James Gavin’s Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002) was a searing look at the artist: musician, junky, cultural icon.”

 

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