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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Let's Get Lost

I just watched Let's Get Lost, Bruce Weber's 1988 documentary portrait of Chet Baker. It's stunning. Really truly stunning. With incredible footage of the young beautiful Chet juxtaposed against the footage of a worn Chet at the end of his hard lived life (he would die later that year falling from a hotel window in Amsterdam). But his voice!  And his trumpet playing! He never lost the pure, sensual, laguid beauty of those two instruments.  This portrait of Chet includes incredible live performances that will knock you over, but this isn't just a loving tribute to a genius musician.  It is loving, yes, but it shows the bad sides of Chet too especially in interviews with the long suffering women in his life.  He was a junkie after all. 

I encourage you, all of you, fans of Chet Baker, and even those of you that have never heard of him, to watch this.  And to make it easy on you, here it is in its entirety on youtube:

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