LAMENT FOR THE LIVING: CHET BAKER’S FINAL SESSION
Sound Library Series, Volume 53
The late-period work of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker—-and there’s A LOT of it since Chet recorded quite prolifically for cash for virtually any label that was interested—-has always fascinated me. His 70’s-80’s work (he died in 1988) always seemed richer than the earlier work, in spite of (or maybe because of) the sparseness of it and the drug addiction that rode on Baker’s back until his dying day. He’d reached a kind of detachment that, if it had been reached via spiritual means instead of drugs, would be enviable. He was in his own space. His work created its own sense of time and demanded that anyone working with him adapt to his sense of time.
In LAMENT FOR THE LIVING: CHET BAKER’S FINAL SESSION, I tried to capture the feel of Baker’s music and Baker’s life in those final months. I also tried to find a poetic form that could, on some level, mirror Baker’s aesthetic while dealing with the questions that Chet Baker faced as an artist as he pushed himself further and further into a minimalist/pointillist aesthetic.
There is a blog post written during the composition of LAMENT FOR THE LIVING , which you may find interesting, at https://kendrasteinereditions.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/channeling-chet-a-view-from-the-workbench/ . For now, however, I’ll let this piece speak for itself.
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