Cinema Sounds: #003 – Chet Baker: “Almost Blue”

Part of our ongoing Cinema Sounds series, Paul Gonter brings us Chet Baker’s recording of Elvis Costello’s “Almost Blue,” which was inspired by Baker’s “The Thrill Is Gone.” This version appears on Chet Baker Live in Tokyo.

The Artist: toothless pretty boy Chet Baker
The Influence: heroin haze, gangsters, & pulp rags 
The Result: a hip romp through the underbelly of Paris

The enigmatic jazz musician Chet Baker never ceases to amaze. In 1962, at the peak of his career with Pacific Jazz, Chet scored Jose Benazeraf’s sordid tale about sex, gangs, and drugs, Night of Lust (Le concerto de la peur). The film was banned on initial release and somewhat forgotten about – or maybe drowned out by Benazeraf’s foray into hardcore pornography. Chet’s smooth trumpet adds another layer of sophisticated libido to this otherwise self-conscious noir romp.

Chet Baker Live in Tokyo is available for purchase on Barnes & Noble’s website.

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