Chet Baker in Tokyo

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Chet Baker in Tokyo
Live album by
Released1987
RecordedJune 14, 1987
VenueHitomi-Kinen-Kodo, Tokyo, Japan
GenreCool Jazz, West Coast Jazz
Length1:55:14
LabelKing Records (Japan); Paddle Wheel; Evidence Music
ProducerYoichi Nakao

Chet Baker in Tokyo is a live album by jazz trumpeter and singer Chet Baker, recorded at Showa Women's University's Hitomi Kinen Kōdō. Released only eleven months before his death, it has been hailed as, "A glorious moment in Chet Baker's twilight."[1]

Reception[edit]

John Vinocur of The New York Times praised the album, saying:[1]

The performances are remarkable because they take in, at the highest level, everything that people said Chet could do - play ballads with almost painful, poetic eloquence - and what many said he could not: blow hard and tough enough so as to make the trumpet sound its essence.

Rick Anderson of AllMusic said the album "shows him to have still been in complete control of his musical faculties, playing not just beautifully and well, but with energy and even speed despite his deteriorating health."[2]

Track listing[2][edit]

Disc one:

  1. "Stella by Starlight" - 10:50
  2. "For Minors Only" - 7:40
  3. "Almost Blue" - 7:53
  4. "Portrait in Black and White" - 15:46
  5. "My Funny Valentine" - 13:14

Disc two:

  1. "Four" - 7:28
  2. "Arborway" - 14:00
  3. "I'm A Fool to Want You" - 11:22
  4. "Seven Steps to Heaven" - 7:56
  5. "For All We Know" - 8:57
  6. "Broken Wing" - 10:08

Personnel[3][edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Yoichi Nakao - Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vinocur, John (2008-02-22). "A glorious moment in Chet Baker's twilight". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  2. ^ a b "Chet Baker in Tokyo - Chet Baker | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  3. ^ "MY FUNNY VALENTINE CHET BAKER IN TOKYO". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 2018-05-25.

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