[JPL] A Jazzman So Cool You Want Him Frozen at His Peak

Lazaro Vega wblv.wblu.fm at gmail.com
Wed Jun 6 10:14:56 EDT 2007


It is an outrageous article.

Jae --  That performance of "Look For the Silver Lining" starts with
one of the longest most beautiful lines -- this wasn't a trumpeter who
was musically washed up and forgotten. He'd been playing that tune
since the mid-1950's. Who's around today, who's left, who's done that?
Lee Konitz comes to mind. He's played endless variations on the
changes to popular songs for half a century. When a musician reaches
that point, if their physical thing is holding up, there's nothing
else like it in music. Look at the last decade of Art Pepper's life,
too. In fact I'll segue Baker's Lining with Pepper's Ophelia from HIS
last session tonight on Jazz From Blue Lake.

By the way on The Last Concert Baker plays "Sippin at Bells" of all
things -- that head...man. Bebop.

Not that everything Baker did is sacrosanct -- in fact his informal
meeting with Konitz released on India Navigation Records is written
off by Jeroen de Valk, and there are many under rehearsed,
ill-prepared sessions, not to mention that audiences rolled the dice
when they bought a concert ticket to hear him. de Valk talks about how
those audiences would wait, sometimes for hours, just to hear him,
though. Which points again to how off this article is.

What's really a bite in the film "Let's Get Lost" is Flea's boyish
fascination with the death of Lee Morgan. That made me sick. Why would
one gleefully grill Chet Baker about that?


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