‘Chet Baker in Tokyo’ is a live album recorded on June 14, 1987 less than a year before his death and released posthumously by Evidence.
Track Listing : 1.Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 10:50 . 2.For Minors Only (Jimmy Heath) – Chet Baker . 3.Almost Blue (Elvis Costello) – 07:53 . 4.Portrait In Black And White (Antonio Carlos Jobim) – 15:46 . 5.My Funny Valentine (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 13:14 . 6.Four (Miles Davis) – 07:28 . 7.Arborway (Rique Pantoja) – 14:00 . 8.I’M A Fool To Want You (Joel Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf) – 11:22 . 9.Seven Steps To Heaven (Miles Davis, Victor Feldman) – 07:56 . 10.For All We Know (J. Fred Coots, Sam M. Lewis) – 08:57 . 11.Broken Wing (Richie Beirach) – 10:08
Musicians : Chet Baker – Trumpet, Vocals . Harold Danko – Piano . Hein Ven Der Geyn -Bass . John Engels – Drums
Production : Produced By Chet Baker . Yoshimasa Sakaguchi – Assistant Engineer . Hatsuro Takanami – Engineer
Package : Francis Davis – Liner Notes
Recorded On June 14, 1987 At Hitomi-Kinen-Kodo, Tokyo.
Released In 1988 By Evidence.
The New York Times
The performances are remarkable because they take in, at the highest level, everything that people said Chet could do – play ballads with almost painful, poetic eloquence – and what many said he could not: blow hard and tough enough so as to make the trumpet sound its essence. […]
…. this one shows him to have still been in complete control of his musical faculties, playing not just beautifully and well, but with energy and even speed despite his deteriorating health. […]
Because of the strict drug laws in Japan, Baker had decided to go on methadone for the duration of the tourand here he is with an alertness and freshness that belies all the naysayers who had pronounced him dead twenty years earlier. […]