This video was recorded two years before Chet Baker fell to his death from a hotel room in Amsterdam, and it is perhaps the most valuable "live" look we have of Chet Baker as the epitome of the West Coast cool school of jazz trumpet, and of the man himself. Baker is also joined by Van Morrison and Elvis Costello. There is a very moving, in-depth interview with Baker by Costello, in which the Oklahoman-born trumpeter talks of his childhood, early life, influences, and in some very poignant and moving scenes he discusses his lifelong addiction to drugs.
This video abounds with excellent music, and it is a very much animated and lively look at a man and his trumpet. Song list includes: "Ellen David," "Just Friends," "Shifting Down," "Send in the Clowns," "If I Should Lose You," "My Ideal," "Love For Sale," "The Very Thought of You," "You Don't Know what Love Is," "I'm a Fool to Want You." Those who have never heard Chet Baker play his trumpet or sing, will find this an enjoyable video. This is one of the most honest looks at a jazz great on video that is currently out, and it is new; check it out and enjoy the music of Chet Baker. The video will give jazz fans a fine examination of the man doing what he loved doing most of all in his life --- playing the trumpet, and becoming one with its sound! Excellent.
Running time: 58 minutes / color / stereo