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FILM DOESN’T IGNORE JAZZ GREAT’S WARTS

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Chet Baker was called the "James Dean of jazz," and it was no exaggeration. He was the bad boy of the trumpet, living a lifestyle that was as decadent as they come, yet he was also a gifted musician who seldom rehearsed or practiced, yet played magnificently.

Baker was a hellion in the '50s and '60s, manipulating his friends, lovers and wives and neglecting his children. He was a heroin addict and a brawler - and he literally had his teeth knocked out in a fight. (As a result he had to learn how to play the trumpet with dentures, which took a long time and his career was never the same.)