Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker

March 18, 2012 by  

baker2This is the tale of one of the finer jazz trumpeters and vocalists that came out of the 1950s, and his sad descent into drug addiction and eventual death. Gavin marks the highs and lows of Baker’s career, which finally ended in an alley in Amsterdam after falling/jumping out of a hotel room window. Yes, Baker’s life was tragic, but if you take a moment think about it, he made it abundantly clear that he was totally unapologetic about how he lived his life. This attitude didn’t exactly endear him to family, nor to friends who knew him the best. First and foremost, it was all about getting that next fix. If it took signing multiple record deals to get enough money to buy drugs for awhile, he did it. The result of this is that Chet’s musical career was extremely well-documented (good and bad), especially in Europe, where his addictions were mostly overlooked. This is a great bio of a great musician, who was all too human and who took the path less taken.