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  • Jeff Rzepiela wrote on September 30, 2012 report


    Great article! I've been on a Chet Baker kick lately so your article was quite timely for me. I agree about the 5 star rating for In Tokyo. The perfect recording to dispute that Chet was a washed up junkie by that time.

    I haven't read Ruddick's book yet, but am looking forward to it now.

    Thanks again,

  • Andrew J. Sammut wrote on October 01, 2012 report

    Thank you for this well-researched, thought-provoking piece! Like the concept of Yahweh, the concept of Chet Baker may never "go away" but will just keep warranting investigation and reflection. He's as important/inspirational/troubling/inconsequential as we make him to be.

  • C. Michael Bailey wrote on October 01, 2012 report

    Chet Baker has always been an enigma to me. It was not until I read Ruddick's biography that I started to "get" Baker, meaning, appreciate him for his place in the jazz continuum. I do love those Tokyo shows!

  • Matthew Ruddick wrote on October 06, 2012 report

    Michael - thanks for the article, and glad to hear you enjoyed the book. Matthew