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Young Chet

William Claxton

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ISBN 10: 382389966X / ISBN 13: 9783823899662
Published by te Neues Publishing Company, New York, 1998
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1998 / assumed first ed., just copyright date, no later mentioned. Like New condition, pristine copy of a very unique and handsome book filled with the B & W photographs of William Claxton, who died five years ago at the age of eighty and has helped put Chet Baker on the jazz map. Claxton started going to jazz concerts at the age of two in Los Angeles and has photographed and worked with many great musicians and actors, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, and Steve McQueen and produced a book depicting jazz artists of the 1960's called "Jazz Life." This book has many fantastic photos of Chet Baker and his contemporaries and friends. Schirmer/Mosel ed., Munich,1998, pub. te Neues Co., NY "Photography is jazz for the eye." -- William Claxton Chet Baker was 22 years old when he was 'discovered' by Charlie Parker in 1951. Between 1952 and 1957 Baker (The James Dean of Jazz) captured the hearts and souls of a generation that was infaturated with 'cool,' yet deeply moved by the musician's underlying tone of seductive melancholy." The young trumpeteer is seen with and played with all the 'bigs' of the glorious years. Bookseller Inventory # 000130

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Title: Young Chet

Publisher: te Neues Publishing Company, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Photographed by William Claxton

Book Condition:As New

Edition: 1st Edition, assumed

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Chet Baker was twenty-one when Charlie Parker discovered him and introduced him to such stars as Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan. It was the beginning of a meteoric rise to fame. Within a year, his melancholy, seductively elegant trumpet solos and his silken voice had made him the epitome of "West Coast cool jazz," which expressed a whole generationís attitude to life. Marked by drug addiction, several arrests and unsuccessful comeback attempts Chet Baker died at age fifty-nine in Amsterdam. In images and reminiscences by jazz photographer William Claxton, this book provides a record of Chet Bakerís glorious early years, from 1952 to 1957, when he was still being called the "James Dean of jazz." Claxton accompanied the wonder boy of Californian jazz to concerts, performances, and studio sessions. His photographs show a dreamy, introverted Chet Baker whose charisma and appearance match the suggestiveness of his art.

Texts by Chris Caujolle and William Claxton

Chet Baker, born in 1929 in Yale, OK, won a trumpet audition with Charlie Parker and joined the Gerry Mulliganís Quartet in 1952. Forming his own quartet in 1954, he toured the US and Europe. A heroin addict, he was in jail several times in the 1960s. Starting a second career in the 1970s, he died in Amsterdam in 1988 falling out of a hotel room window.

William Claxton, a member of the Californian jazz scene, co-founder of Pacific records and the author of the book Jazz Seen, shaped the jazz imagery with revolutionary photographs and record covers.

Chris Caujolle, born in France in 1953, is the director of the Paris-based photo agency and gallery, VU. He worked as artistic director of photography festivals in Arles, Rotterdam, and Madrid.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: English, French

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