Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's ... See full summary »

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Carol Baker ...
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Vera Baker ...
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Paul Baker ...
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Dean Baker ...
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Missy Baker ...
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Dick Bock ...
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William Claxton ...
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Hersh Hamel ...
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Andy Minsker ...
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Jack Sheldon ...
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Lawrence Trimble ...
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Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's earlier life and some modern-day performances. Written by Anonymous

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5 October 1989 (West Germany)  »

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£15,483 (UK) (6 June 2008)
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You're My Thrill
By Sidney Clare and Jay Gorney
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Jazz icon; musical legend
30 November 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This film is a must see for any Baker fan and even any Jazz fan. Baker really did redefine the 1950's jazz scene with his combination of mesmerising trumpet playing and angel like vocals. His instantly recognisable style has brought joy to many jazz fans over the years and even now his legend lives on some 16 years after his death in the most mysterious of circumstances.

This film tells a very candid story of Chet charting his terrible affliction with drugs as well as honing in on his god given talents. It is very highly recommended and is long overdue for a release on DVD as some fellow reviewers have alluded to. I will certainly be first in the queue to buy this must see title if and when it is re released.


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