It’s Thursday again. You know what that means. Uncle Bardie’s Weekly Music Pick. Uncle Bardie gives a double thumbs up to this week’s selection, another twofer: Chet Baker singing “Born to Be Blue“, accompanied by Bobby Scott on piano and Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Chet on “Almost Blue“.
It’s hard to limit the genius of Chet Baker to just one song. So I am giving you two. Like Satchmo, Chet had two talents, instrumental and vocalist. “Born to Be Blue” features his vocals backed up by the piano of Bobby Scott and Kenny Burrell. With “Almost Blue”, it is his trumpet that is featured. Both are pretty near perfect pieces. I can’t think of a single thing that’s wrong with them. Chet knew how portray loneliness better than just about any other musician. Though Sinatra came close, Chet gave us the real deal. If you are looking for three in the morning music, then Chet is your guy. And Ethan Hawke’s portrayal of him in the movie, “Born to Be Blue”, gives an insight into what it cost to produce such music.