Chet Baker, legendary trumpeter and singer, dominated the jazz scene of the 1950s. These memoirs recall Baker's early childhood, then launch into a full-bodied and lush account of his jazz-driven journey to self-awareness and his reinvented career in the 1970s and 1980s. Radio promo.
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Chet Baker, poster child for West Coast Cool Jazz and patron saint of its notorious lush life, kept a diary. Published by his estate and introduced by his widow, his entries have been tailored to a memoir of his life from 1946 to 1963. These are the years of his rise to stardom in music and movies--and his tumble into the trenches of incarceration and drug abuse. The book is divided into 13 quick-reading chapters in which Baker writes of his life as a musician, all seasoned with tales of drugs, prison terms, and a laundry list of romances. Often, though, his writings are not spicy enough; births, deaths, pregnancies, and car chases are noted without much detail. What must have been extremely charged times are written about with a kind of academic disinterest: "Moving quickly toward the noise, as did everyone else, I saw Dick lying on the floor. He had passed out cold, and several people were trying to figure out what was wrong with him. We located a doctor and cleared the stage area. I should point out that Dick had always taken care of business; always at work on time and always playing exceptionally." While some readers may be disappointed by the lack of layered passion one hears in Baker's voice or in the smooth and solid sound of his horn, there is still considerable value in reading his own account of his story.From the Publisher:
"Only a handful of autobiographies have truly represented the rigors of jazz life. Add to [this] short list As Though I Had Wings." --The Los Angeles Times
"This is a sad, sweet book that reads like one of Chet Baker's trumpet solos...His memories show the same eye for hedonistic detail that he had in his music." --The Seattle Times
"As Though I Had Wings captures dead-on the trumpeter's legendary melancholy." --Independent Weekly
"One of the finest soloists jazz has produced...At every step in both his music and his life Chet Baker went his own way." --Ted Gioia, West Coast Jazz
"This poignant remembrance...captures West Coast jazz in the fifties...Unforgettable." --Timothy White, Editor in Chief of Billboard
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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Gift Quality Book in Excellent Condition. Codice libro della libreria 36SEQU000GEC
Descrizione libro St Martins Pr, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110312167970