Chet Baker

 

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Chesney Henry "ChetBaker Jr. (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988) was an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, and vocalist.

 

Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums featuring his vocals (Chet Baker SingsIt Could Happen to You). Jazz historian Dave Gelly described the promise of Baker's early career as "James DeanSinatra, and Bix, rolled into one." With his striking good looks and brilliant trumpet technique, Chet was the epitome of jazz cool in the fifties, sixties and seventies. 

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