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Chet Baker in Tokyo By Chet Baker


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This book is a complete album, note-for-note transcription of Chet baker’s “Chet Baker in Tokyo.” Transcribed by the unequalled Erik Veldkamp, this collection of solos is a perfect representation of Chet’s incredible improv talents and truly unmatched style.

Like a number of live Chet Baker albums released over the last ten years, this one documents a concert that took place shortly before his tragic death (having recently resumed his drug habit, he fell from a hotel room window in 1988). Unlike most of them, though, this one shows him to have still been in complete control of his musical faculties, playing not just beautifully and well, but with energy and even speed despite his deteriorating health. His singing, too, sounds uncannily like that of the quiet young sex symbol he’d been in the 1950s, before age and heroin ravaged his face and emptied his eyes.

Here he still plays with the sweet, dry tone that made him famous and helped to define an entire school of West Coast jazz, and sings in a voice remarkably similar to that of his trumpet. Given its context, you can’t miss the poignancy of this recording; but the playing is so sweet and happy that it’s also impossible to resist the spirit in which these performances were offered — a spirit which was anything but sad.

To the left you can grab some free samples, below you can find the song list, then above you can grab an immediate PDF download.

Song List:

  1. Stella By Starlight
  2. For Minors Only
  3. Almost Blue
  4. Portrait In Black And White
  5. My Funny Valentine
  6. Four
  7. Arborway
  8. I’m a Fool to Want You
  9. Seven Steps To Heaven
  10. For All We Know
  11. Broken Wing

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