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Chet Baker: The Missing Years: A Memoir by Artt Frank Paperback – November 6, 2013
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About the Author
Artt Frank, bop drummer/composer, and author, is best known for his long-term association with Chet Baker, with whom he collaborated for over 20 years. Artt has also worked with an impressive list of jazz luminaries over the past sixty years including the great Charlie Parker, Tadd Dameron, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Jimmy Heath, Al Cohn, Ted Curson, and many others, including one memorable night with the great singer, Billie Holiday. In 2004, Artt completed his book “Essentials for the Be Bop Drummer” with Pete Swan and published by Tim Schaffner, publisher (and drummer!) of Schaffner Press, Inc. Artt Frank was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in November, 2010. He currently lives in Green Valley, Arizona with his wife, Lisa Frank.
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I believe that I have read all the books written about Chet. They are usually written by people who never actually met him. The books are a compilation of interviews from people who knew him and jazz musicians who performed with him.And, of course, they all had to stress the drug aspect.
Believe me when I tell you that, in that respect Mr. Frank's book is like a breath of fresh air.
First of all, since Mr. Frank knew Chet Baker and performed with him for years, you are getting a first-hand account of Mr. Baker, not second-hand opinions. Plus, Mr. Frank tells about Chet's sensitive nature and his many acts of kindness, which no one else knew about.
Mr. Frank first heard Chet's musici n 1954 over Armed Forces Radio. He made up his mind that someday, somehow, he would meet this talented trumpet player and perform with him, since Mr. Frank is a professional drummer.
He didn't meet Chet until years later, after Chet was savagely beaten, knocking out his front teeth and ending his trum-
pet playing days forever.. Or so he thought.
Mr. Frank made up his mind, after that first meeting, to do everything humanly possible to get Chet back on top, playing his trumpet again.
But, first he had to gain Chet's trust. This was not an easy task, since Chet was used to people befriending him, simply to get something out of him.
Mr. Frank wanted nothing from Chet. His only thoughts were looking for ways to help him.
This book describes his journey.
Giving this book 5 stars doesn't do it justice. I would gladly give it 10 stars, if I could.
If you want to read about the real Chet Baker, this is the book for you.
This story was as much about real friendship as it was about Chet himself. I couldn't help but feel uplifted after reading this and thought how fortunate Chet was to have someone other than his family who really cared about him. A great read and I look forward to the sequel!