On the 13th of
may of 25 years ago, Chet Baker, the great
trumpeter and singer, left us. For this
special anniversary Joe Barbieri invited
jazz superstars Luca Aquino and Antonio
Fresa to remember him and to celebrate the
sublime art of the Yale's musician,
reinterpreting his most beautiful repertoire
and also investigating Chet’s connections
with Italy, where he lived for a long,
intense and controversal period.
"The project" - says Barbieri -
"undoubtedly takes off from the
extraordinary songs sung by Chet, who
revolutionary and inimitable language; “The
best of Chet Baker sings”, for example,
remains one of my reference’s album, and
around some of his best songs we wanted to
build a small corollary, composed of some of
the most beautiful tunes that Chet played in
years of prolific staying in my country.
Everything was then further filtered through
the music i love: bossa, some inserts of classical
music a certain all-european minimalism".
In homage to
Baker - beside to Barbieri, Aquino and Fresa
- the contribution of four extraordinary
guests: the american singer Stacey Kent (on
“I Fall In Love Too Easily”),
singer-songwriter Márcio Faraco (on “But Not
For Me”) and two icons of the italian jazz
who have worked closely and intensely with
Chet: the double-bassist Furio Di Castri (on
“Arrivederci”) and multi-instrumentalist
Nicola Stilo (on “Almost Blue” and “But Not
"Chet Lives!" is a loving, passionate proof
that today, more than ever and
even after 25 years... Chet lives!
In may in
stores and on stages.