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Young Chet: The Young Chet Baker Photographed By William Claxton (Schirmer Art Books on Film, Showbusiness & Performing Arts) [Paperback]

By William Claxton (Photographer)
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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 generation's 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 Baker's 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 Mulligan's 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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Item Specifications...

Pages   110
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.25" Height: 12"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 30, 2006
Publisher   Schirmer/Mosel
ISBN  388814860X  
ISBN13  9783888148606  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The photographer: William Claxton holds a special place in the history of American-particularly jazz-photography. Since his early career-shooting for LIFE, Paris Match, and Vogue, among other magazines-Claxton has worked with and become friends with many Hollywood luminaries and jazz musicians, most notably Steve McQueen and Chet Baker (whom Claxton first photographed in 1952 when Baker was young and still unknown). Claxton, whose jazz imagery has graced the covers of countless albums and magazine covers for over five decades, is considered the preeminent photographer of jazz music. TASCHEN has also published Claxton's Jazz seen and Steve McQueen.

William Claxton currently resides in Beverly Hills, in the state of California.

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Claxton saw something happening & knew what it was  Aug 21, 1999
It was William Claxton's great privilege to have known & photographed Chet Baker during the mid-Fifties. Baker was a handsome, photogenic young man, a rising jazz star whose cool vocal interpretations of standards were winning him a large, mostly female audience outside of jazz. These beautiful black & white photographs, both casual & posed, capture a cultural era as surely as do the films of James Dean, the recordings of Elvis Presley & the writings of Jack Kerouac. We often think of the Eisenhower years as a bland era in the United States, but this talented proto-punk musician was working nearer the fringes in an atmosphere of creative ferment. Claxton saw it happening & knew what was going on. Lovely book for Baker's fans & for those who appreciate fine portraits.

Bob Rixon, WFMU-FM


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