Chet Baker: Live at Ronnie Scott's 1986 NR

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Chet Baker ploughs a uniquely individual furrow in the field of jazz. His trumpet playing is beautifully delicate and takes standard ballads into hitherto unexplored emotional territories. Here Chet is accompanied by Michel Grailler on piano and Riccardo del Fra on bass. Two of Chet's admirers also guest here: Van Morrison performs "Send in the Clowns," and Elvis Costello sings a medley including "The Very Thought of You," "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "I'm a Fool to Want You."

Starring:
Chet Baker
Runtime:
59 minutes

Chet Baker: Live at Ronnie Scott's

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Product Details

Genres Music
Director Rob Lemkin
Starring Chet Baker
Supporting actors Van Morrison
Studio Egami Media
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)

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For anybody who is a devotee of Chet Baker's music, this disc will be worthwhile.
Ronald L. Acker
Made in famous British , camera and sound school, you will have certainly , touch of Musical genius Close by.
lale krale
I have been a fan of Chet since the mid 50's and found the video to be very interesting and entertaining.
Jack E. Wagar

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
The production quality of this obscure taping of a jazz legend's performance is remarkable. Even the interview of Chet is well-done. Several observations: The audience obviously came to hear these "marquee" performers and not Chet. Notice the applause levels. I imagine most of them had no idea who Chet Baker. But for a thirty-plus-year fan of Chet Baker this video was certainly a bargain. What a unique and wonderful musician. He is certainly on par with Armstrong, Gillespie and Davis.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Whittaker on February 5, 2003
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This is Chet, this is jazz. This film is an honest look at Chet Baker the torn man and musical genius he was. The concert is broken into segments by interviews. To hear Chet reflect upon his own life is such a rare treasure. Van Morrison gives an interesting performance and Elvis Costello waxes sweet melody on the final two songs. Purchase this DVD. Take note of the weathered skin, the spit as it's drained from the valve, Chet's fingers as they manipulate the three punch keys, and of course, the music coming straight from the heart through the horn. Enjoy this film!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
It was an amazing treat to hear and see Chet jam... it was exceptionally nice to hear him scat to "Just Friends" and play and sing as only Chet can. He will continue to be greatly missed! The video is simply done and the great price reflects that. It was also great to hear Van Morrison (was that a crumpled up cocktail napkin he was reading the lyrics from?)and Elvis Costello, and they performed well. Chet's backup (piano and stand-up bass) players were outstanding as well.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Acker on July 7, 2005
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For anybody who is a devotee of Chet Baker's music, this disc will be worthwhile. One cautionary note, however; this is Chet during his last years, and the toll that his drug addiction and otherwise hard-living took is clearly evident. The interviews by a very sensitive and respectful Elvis Costello reveal a man of deep insight and intellect. Watching this DVD has made me all the more committed to trying to find more DVD's of Chet during his earlier years when his strength, subtlety and lungs were at their peak. Some reviewers took issue with the pieces sung by Van Morrison and Costello. I thought they were interesting and sincere homages to Chet.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Chet Baker remains one of the most gifted Jazz performers of all time , Even under the effects of long time drug abuse , his playing and singing were just perfect. Elvis Costello joins Chet for an unforgettable medley including "I am Fool To Want You" "The Very Thought Of You" "You Don't Know What Love Is" also directs the Interview. A Collector's item
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Curry on November 11, 2004
Format: DVD
From his haggard face, to his plaintive voice to the soulful sounds that drip from his horn, Chet Baker is jazz. He's lived the life and this performance captures so much. Even my kids (teenagers) were mermerized by this dvd.

Chet's playing is the essence of the jazz sound. From his airy articulations, to his sweet mellow blue scale runs, and finally his dark, fragile sound, this is jazz. Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jack E. Wagar on January 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I have been a fan of Chet since the mid 50's and found the video to be very interesting and entertaining. I do however wish that somewhere on the video the piano and bass players names were mentioned. There excellent playing helps make the session complete and contributes to its success. This is a must for all Baker fans.
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Recorded a couple of years before Chet's flight (off a balcony) from this world, this date catches Chet in the mid '80s a couple of years after I'd last heard him live. His playing is weaker, but his mental acuity, memory, and physical appearance are surprisingly vibrant. He was late for the set when I heard him, only to learn later that his pianist had found him in his room, passed out, with a needle in his arm. But he appeared, and the first tune of the evening's three sets was, appropriately, "The Thrill Is Gone" (my wife is perpetually frustrated by my ability to remember details such as this 25 years later while continuing to lose my glasses, wallet, and car keys on a daily basis).

This is, additionally, the best music--visually or aurally--that I've heard recorded at Ronnie Scott's, frequently a warning to "stay away" ("Sonny Stitt at Ronnie Scott's" was an especially unfortunate release, the late Shelly Manne set has too much electronics, etc.). The program, the musicianship, the reproduction are all first-rate, and if Chet carefully selects and limits his spots, he does so with a canny knack of sensing his limitations and not attempting to go beyond them.

Chet, as was his wont at this time, is seated--but on a stool instead of a seat with supporting back (as a pianist, I learned long ago to ignore the bench and, especially for those 4-hour dance jobs, immediately case the place for a chair with back). The shots of his facial expression, even before he plays a note (almost suggesting he's questioning whether he'll be able to pull it off yet one more time, are priceless--visual music. Chet's hair is combed, he's groomed, he looks "clean" and together.
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