Tribute to Chet Baker, with Francesco Giustini on trumpet and flugelhorn, Riccardo Galardini on guitar, and Giacomo Rossi on contrabass
Taking inspiration from Chet Baker’s production, particularly his European recordings from the late ’60s to the early ’80s, the trio seeks to capture the sound and improvisational approach of those specific recordings. During that time, Chet Baker had a renewed concert and studio activity, often with ‘drumless’ formations, characterized by the absence of drums. This allowed him to pursue his intimate poetic style that had always characterized him, while also working extensively on timing and swing.
The repertoire of the Shades of Chet trio draws heavily from the trumpeter’s favorite songbook, filled with American standards but also featuring some modern, Latin, or European elements. It’s an opportunity to rediscover or relive the evocative moods and atmospheres connected to one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, not only in jazz but across all genres. Chet Baker was a figure as controversial as he was fascinating, combining the lightness of music with the harshness of life.